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Do Birds Have A Specific Feeding Time?

Do Birds Have A Specific Feeding Time?

The simple answer to this is no, birds will in fact feed at any time of day. Although there are times throughout the year that you may notice your garden is most active. This blog aims to highlight the specific feeding times in which you may spot the most variety in your flying friends.

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Do Birds Have A Specific Feeding Time Throughout The Year?

Despite a common misconception that birds don’t require feeding during summer when natural food sources are in abundance, birds actually need feeding all year round. Sure, in winter they are faced with a diminished amount of natural food sources and climates are colder so they need to find shelter and warmth for survival.

Food shortages can in fact occur at any time throughout the year and so it is essential that we keep up with bird feeding habits throughout the warmer months too.

During spring and summer, birds require high energy, high protein foods to successful moult, mate and nest their young.

Equally, in the winter, birds require high-fat content snacks to ensure their energy is sustained to keep them warm and aid survival in the colder months.

Do Birds Have A Specific Feeding Time Throughout The Day?

The correct time of day to feed birds is a hot topic of conversation among avid bird watchers. Although there isn’t a direct answer to this question other than ‘it depends’, birds are usually most active early in the morning. 

The time of year, weather and type of bird can all be depending factors on the time of day you can expect your garden to be at its busiest.

Before dawn is when you can expect the most activity from the most varied selection of bird breeds. However, birds will eat throughout the entire day and so it is necessary that food sources are replenished regularly.

Birds will mostly stop feeding when it's dark, however, it is possible that bird seed may attract other animals throughout the night. It’s important that bird feed is placed out of reach from other animals. You can read more about bird food and other animals here

When Is The Best Time To See Birds Feeding

Between the hours of 7 am and 11 am are usually the best times to watch birds. Depending on the season, you can expect to see birds earlier in spring and summer when mornings are lighter, and later in the winter months.

As always, if you do spot an extra special bird visit your garden throughout the days to come, make sure to document it in the Birdspotter App.

The right time to see birds also depends on many factors, including your location. Built up, urban areas will likely see more birds during less busy times of the day. Whereas if you live in a rural area, you may find an influx of birds throughout the day.

Feeding Time With Kennedy Wild Bird Food

At Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we offer not only high-quality bird food but high-quality knowledge and advice on bird feeding behaviours.

We can advise you on the right types of food, feeders and the appropriate times to be feeding birds in your garden. Your bird feeding behaviours should be adaptable, following the habits of your garden visitors.

If you want to know more about birds and their feeding time, get in touch with us today!

You can call us on 01778 342665

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Our team of experts are on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding bird feeding in your garden.

5th Jul 2023 Rachel Weinhold

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