Garden birds

New here and looking for advice and help  My garden used to be full of birds but since I've had to fell 3 trees they've all disappeared and I'm devastated ! 

My question is, does this sound odd and how can I get them to come back? I've been putting out lots of fresh food but they're not returning  

Amongst the species were, nuthatch, chaffinch, tits, sparrows etc etc.



  • Hi Stuart.
    Do the birds have other cover in your garden?
    I think you may have to wait for the colder weather to see if any come back.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    First of all thanks for getting back to me. There isn't a lot of other cover a few Leylandii and two new firs to replace the ones that had to be replaced.
    As you say I'm hopeful they will return when the weather starts getting colder.
    We live in the North East and it's turning much cooler now. So fingers crossed
  • He Stuart, welcome form up in Caithness at the very top of Scotland. Could you hang some feeders from hooks on the fir trees and maybe the Leylandi. Even thrown seed onto the grass or soil. It is just this last while that the birds have returned and only today I notice the green finches and all the finches have come back. They will soon find the food and once you can establish some more cover, they will be back. Try sunflower hearts, that is a favourite and then maybe some peanuts, seed and Niger seed. Good luck.

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  • In reply to Catlady:

    Hello Catlady and hello Caithness,

    I've still got my original feeders and I have bought tons of bird seed and nuts all over.
    I might try hanging additional feeders on the firs to see if that makes a difference.

  • Morning Stuart,
    Sometimes it takes time, and as Alan says a cold snap.

    Here, we're hovering around zero now, so the garden fauna is changing. Woodpeckers back, along with Sparrowhawks and squirrels; Jays also regular visitors now.

    I moved the feeders around on Sunday for the first time in six months. Yesterday? Far fewer birds in the garden, and---with the exception of ever-present Marsh tits---the only feeder in regular use one that I didn't, actually, move.

    Just a thought: water. Birds will, I think, easily spot a good, reliable supply of clean water. Not too close the food; cleaned out regularly; close enough to cover for safety, but not so close that that cover can be used by predators.

    I've topped up the various watering points in the garden this morning, and expect to see a lot more birds today.

    I'm fortunate enough to work from home most of the time, so I'm out several times a day in the winter to break up, top up, and de-ice. Or maybe it's the birds that are fortunate, and not me.

    Try a few watering points. Maybe they'll bring things along for you?

    Best regards -
  • In reply to Dave - CH:

    Good morning,
    What an excellent reply, thank you.
    I do have a bird bath and regularly check it. I'll keep monitoring the situation and hopefully things will get better.

  • In reply to Stuart :

    Looking forward to reading your (good) news Stuart.

    All the best -