Hi Edward welcome to the community from Sheffield
I get the Blackbirds first thing in the morning as soon as it is light and then they are here on and off all day along with the Goldfinches.
I should try having an hour in the morning (9 ish) and then again around 2-3pm and see what you get, as for the nature reserve you could try taking some bird food(seeds etc) out with you and feed at the same place everytime you go out and you will find the birds will look out for you if you do it regular.
Oh cool. How do you I actually feed the birds htough in the nature reserver?
You could try taking a bag of bird seed and finding a quiet place to sit and just put some food on the ground or on a fence post, quite a few of us have found the Robins to be the friendliest bird while out walking and will actively come looking for food and will come the closest.
I have feeders in my garden and i find the best times are from 8am-11am then again in the afternoons around 2pm-4.30pm. Ive also noticed there is not much activity when its cold, below 5 degrees in general, esp if its wet as well. My advice would be go down as early as you can, set up and give yourself at least 2-3hours but you can wait for the perfect photo all day if you have the time though! :-)
Hello Edward, welcome to the community, I have birds coming from about 8- 11am, then between 2.30pm-4pm or there about.
many birds have a sort of feeding circuit- which covers a fairly wide area of space and time. Ringing has proved that the 3 Blue Tits that apparently visit your garden are actually probably 12. So birds circulate in your area throughout the day outside the breeding season or on migration. Middle of the day is often a quiet time but if the weather is cold the birds will feed harder.
Many birds feed at first light or even before- and after sunset - I've seen Nuthatch and Robins by car headlights at feeders.