It is such a pleasure to have the company of wild birds in your own garden, to enjoy their beauty, colour and song. Feeding birds is a simple way to increase the number of birds in your garden and provides entertainment for the whole family. It also provides a regular food source over the cold winter months when food can be scarce. Here's a guide to attracting birds to your backyard.
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In addition to the enjoyment of having birds in your garden, many of them will search for common garden pests such as caterpillars and snails all year round. They will also help with pollination of plants in your garden. Both are fantastic benefits for all gardeners!
The species of birds that live in or visit your garden are determined by environmental and climatic factors. You can help entice birds to your garden by planting varieties of native plants like kowhai and flax which both attract tui and bellbirds.
Setting up bird-friendly facilities in your garden is a great first step to encouraging wild birds. Creating nesting sites, and providing food and water sources will all help attract birds into your backyard.
Wild birds eat a variety of food - some are mainly nectar feeders such as tui and bellbirds whereas others like fantails prefer insects and bugs. Other species like finches and sparrows are mainly seed eaters. In winter when natural food sources are low, most wild birds will eat seed.
Top Tips on feeding Wild Birds:
- Birds are vulnerable on the ground so raised feeders are the safest solution.
- Sturdy tree branches, or a specially designed hook or stake are the best options for hanging your feeder.
- Ensure you keep the feeder topped up so birds know they can rely on it as a regular food source.
- Birds feed most actively in the early morning, replenishing their energy after the night.
- Regularly clean and dry your bird feeding station or feeder. Feeding food from unclean feeders may contribute to the spread of disease amongst wild birds.
- Always keep food dry. Do not allow it to go mouldy as rotten food is potentially harmful to wild birds.
- Some birds feed on nectar – use a nectar feeder with sugar water to attract them to your garden.
Tui Wild Bird Seed and Feeders
Tui Wild Bird Seed Mix and the Tui range of wild bird feeders are designed to tempt a variety of birds into your garden so you can enjoy the colour, song and beauty of New Zealand’s birds in your own backyard. All Tui feeders have a high quality construction, are weather resistant, easy to clean, and have a simple to fill design. To use, simply fill your feeder with Tui Wild Bird Seed Mix, and hang from a sturdy branch, high enough off the ground to avoid cats being an issue.
Tui Wild Bird Seed Mix is a tasty all natural mix, containing no artificial colours and flavours and suitable for use in feeders or scattered on the lawn. The mix contains a nutritious blend of mixed millet, radish, rape seed, wheat, barley, and sorghum.
Tui Nectar Feeder, is a specialist feeder for nectar feeding birds like tui and bellbirds. It is nice and bright like a nectar flower to attract the birds. Simply mix up a sugar solution by dissolving 200g of white sugar in 1 litre of warm water. Once that has cooled down pour into the feeder and hang in a tree.
Treat your backyard friends to a Tui Wild Bird Seed Bell. Providing an alternative to a feeder, it will give them days of entertainment and nutrition while using their natural pecking instincts to pull apart the bell.
Common New Zealand Birds
- House sparrow
- Silvereye (or waxeye)
- Song thrush
PLANTING FOR BIRDS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Great plants for attracting birds into your backyard are:
- Aristotelia Serrata
- Astelia Banksii
- Carpodetus Serratus
- Clianthus Kaka Beak
- Leptospermum Scoparium
- Libertia Grandiflora
- Pseudopanax Laetus