Coal tit clinging to soil edge in garden

Birds in autumn

It's autumn but the food you so generously provided has gone untouched. Why aren't the birds hungry, and when will they turn up?

Why aren't birds eating the food I put out?

Food you put out during autumn sometimes goes untouched. Why aren't the birds hungry, and when will they turn up?

Autumn is a time of plenty for the birds. If the weather remains mild and the natural food supply is good, birds don't need to resort to bird feeders for food.

They instinctively prefer the natural food in the form of seeds and berries. It can be quite late in the year before the birds start showing interest in our garden offerings again. 

Just keep a little food in the feeders, so that as birds pass through they will see there is food there. That way you can ensure that your garden is routinely visited once the birds do return. Just make sure that the food remains fresh – you may need to change it from time to time.

Homes for wildlife, bird feeder in Linda Barker's garden

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Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris, pollinating a Globe thistle Echinops

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