Posted: 05/05/2017 at 08:50
Starlings will do anything for those suet blocks - I find that hanging one or two of them up in the garden in a separate place from the usual feeders keeps them occupied, also scattering suet pellets widely in the garden. At this time of year the starlings in our gardens are family groups gathering food for nestlings.
Blackbirds are mainly ground feeders and although they'll use feeders in the winter, at this time of year they'll be scuffling around in the undergrowth looking for worms and grubs for their young, rather than hanging around bird feeders as they need different food at this time of year.
Most of the tits are also gathering caterpillars and aphids from the oak trees, hedgerows and shrubs as those are what their youngsters need, rather than the seeds we provide in feeders.
Most of the birds visiting our feeders at the moment are goldfinches who seem to take sunflower hearts all the year round.