“My Favourite Weather is Bird Chirping Weather”
The warmer days of March welcome new arrivals to our gardens and acts as the start to the onset of egg-laying. For the past two months that have welcomed in the New Year, we have waited patiently as our garden birds have been prepping for breeding. Building nests and chirping away hidden by bushes and trees. We hope for their sake that the worse of the winter is now behind us, in time for the Spring.
This month we’ll guide you through your Happy Beaks garden. With birds to spot, our top gardening tips, this months winner of #SnappyBeaks and much more!
Garden Birds to Spot in March
Nest building has really begun this month, look out for the following birds flying back and forth with twigs, plant and tree debris.
Voted the UK’s favourite bird, the robin is unmistakable with its famous bright red breast, brown wings, underparts and tail. Extremely sociable little birds, robins sing all year round with a sharp ‘tic tic tic’ call.
House Sparrows can usually be found from the centre of cities to the farmland of the countryside, they feed and breed near to people. It is a species vanishing from the centre of many cities but is not uncommon in most towns and villages!
As with most other resident species, the UK’s blackbird population is joined by migrants from the continent. Visiting species will sometimes have darker beaks than resident blackbirds, so can be told apart by the more beady-eyed birdwatcher. Resident blackbirds are also thought to migrate to warmer areas of the country throughout winter.
A garden favourite, the cheeky blue tit is a UK resident with a similar diet to other winter birds, favouring seeds and suets. Their unmistakable blue caps and yellow breast add a vibrant flash of colour to winter gardens, and some have even been known to tap through foil lids of delivered milk to snatch a quick meal!
New to bird watching? With so much variety on offer, it can be a real challenge to know exactly what is popping into your garden for a bit of a snack. Read our blog on How to Identify Wild Garden Birds for more information.
Gardening in March
Spring is not just the name of the season, it is also an active verb. With lighter mornings we can spring earlier from our beds and start to make our gardens and look after our garden wildlife.
- March is a great sowing month – As soon as soil conditions are suitable sowings of broad beans, cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots, lettuce, parsley and spinach.
- Parsley Seeds – Sow Parsley seeds in pots to encourage a regular supply later in the year.
Flowers, Plants & Bulbs
- First signs of Spring – Out in the garden, you may have noticed the first signs of Spring have arrived, as bulbs start to bloom including crocuses and daffodils.
- Early Flowering Bulbs – These early flowering bulbs will require some attention – Dead-head leaving the foliage to die back naturally.
- Flower Seeds – Sowing flower seed is at its height so there’s no excuse not to get sowing!
- Help birds build their nests – Leave any twigs and dried moss by your feeders.
- Feeding garden birds – Always feed your garden birds with a nutritious mix of soft grains, our Wild Bird No Mess Mix is perfect for birds of any size!
- Frogs will be slowly emerging from hibernation – Clear plant debris from around the pond and use a net to scoop out leaves that may have fallen into the water.
If you’re looking to encourage nesting birds, butterflies, bees and hedgehogs into your garden this year, read our guide to preparing your garden for Spring Wildlife.
We love seeing your #SnappyBeak entries! Each month we plan to showcase some of the best photos out there, of birds in the garden and home, and give you a chance to win a prize in the process. Here are some of our favourite entries from February.
This months winner is Ben Cokayne with this adorable fluffed up Robin perching so delicately on a wooden fence.
Get Snappy with Us!
It’s so simple to enter! Just share your photo with us on any of our social media platforms, using the hashtag #SnappyBeaks. You can enter via Instagram, Facebook, Messenger or Twitter. As long as your photo is related to bird feeding or wild birds in some way, we’ll consider it as a valid entry.
World Wildlife Day
The 3rd of March signifies World Wildlife Day, a day to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Each year World Wildlife Day has a different theme. For 2021, the new theme is ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’. Encompassing all wild animals and plant species.
It might not be a forest but, we’d like you to get out in the garden and celebrate those feathered friends with the following activity!
Make Your Own Bird Feeder – Pine Cone Feeder
Sticky, Snappy fun for you and the family!
Get ready to get your hands dirty with our quick and easy Pine Cone Bird Feeder. For this, you’ll need a pine cone, bird seeds, cheese, lard, raisins and string. And don’t forget some hot soapy water to wash your hands after!
- In a mixing bowl, squish all your seeds, lard, cheese and raisins to make a tasty bird mix.
- Step 2: Tie your string around and on top of your pine cone until it feels completely secure. Those garden birds can be stronger than you think!
- Step 3: Cover your pine cone in bird feed mix as evenly as possible and make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.
- Step 4: Place in the fridge until the bird mix feels firm and set. When ready, hang up in the garden in a place the birds like!
Don’t forget to tag us on social media with your Pine Cone Feeders!