Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:00
I put out fresh mixed bird seed every day, all year.
At this time of year parent birds need lots of fuel so they can forage and feed their nestlings on fresh, juicy aphids and caterpillars and other insects. When they fledge and can drink water from puddles and streams the fledglings will also eat seed so my current daily amount is 1 and a half times the norm.
There are also fat balls in a dispenser, suet and insect sticks in another and 5 or 6 peanut feeders, one of which is a favourite against a post and gets re-filled every day. The others swing more in the wind so are less popular and only need to be re-filled every few days.
Once all the breeding is over things quieten down as they eat spilled seeds form the corn harvests and berries in the woods and hedgerows and my garden. Then winter comes and they need feeding all the way through to help them survive and be strong enough to lay good eggs in spring and sit on them.
I don't think it's reasonable to ration food if you want to see birds frequenting your garden and help them survive and thrive.