Most remaining summer visitors like Swallows and Chiffchaffs start to leave in September. Many birds, like Bullfinches and House Sparrows, have left our gardens to feed on autumn seeds and berries, but they'll return in a few weeks. This month also sees, or rather hears, Tawny Owls start calling to one another shortly after sunset
Greenfinches, Chaffinches and House Sparrows seem to be more susceptible to diseases, like Trichomoniasis and Salmonellosis, than other species. As the cold weather arrives, they depend more on the foods we provide, but good hygiene at feeding stations is essential to prevent these diseases spreading. Find out more.
Feeding activity around feeders will increase in the coming months. Now is a good time to clean thoroughly your feeders and bird bath with hot water or a mild veterinary disinfectant and help prevent the spread of infection among birds, especially finches. Take care not to breathe in any dust and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Find out more.