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.

    My Flickr photos

  • 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.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • 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 -
  • I thought of you yesterday, Stuart, regarding Catlady and Alan's point on cover.

    As I said in an earlier post, I moved our feeders around a few weeks ago, drawing a long cord across the lower part of the garden so I could hang feeders above an open area. My thinking was, whatever ends up on the floor will be swept up by the ground feeders without them being in danger from predators.

    The result? The nut feeder I hung from the cord has barely been touched, while the one hanging from a nut tree and visible from my office window is on its third refill. Ditto the seed feeders. The one I hung from the cord in the open area has only been refilled once; one hanging from a maple, just five meters away is ready to refill every day.

    Just to say that in my experience the relationship between feeding points and cover has an enormous influence on whether those points are used or not. And it can sometimes take some tweaking before one gets it 'right'. When it's 'right', of course, the result is very rewarding. For us and for the birds.

    All the best -
  • Thank you Dave, I think that where I'm going wrong, I actually moved my feeder closer to the house so I could get a better view of the birds. Sadly that hasn't happened.
    Perhaps the way forward may be to move the feeder nearer the fir trees and see if that makes any difference, I'll give it a try
    The weather here in Durham has turned a lot cooler but still no visable sign of bird activity.
  • I have my feeders close to the house Stuart but also have cover for them, it is amazing how little spooks them and they dive for cover.
    I should certainly try your feeders near the trees to start with and if they do eventually arrive try one feeder close to the house once they are comfortable in your garden.

    My Flickr photos