If you are interested in gardening and wildlife in general, then it is also highly likely that you are interested in the birds of England. There are hundreds of species of bird in the United Kingdom, some of which are rarer to see than others. It is important that we do whatever we can to protect our wild birds and one of the things that will help with this is to learn about some of the most common birds in the UK. Here is a list of some of the most common bird species that you are likely to see in your garden.
Starlings are among some of the most common birds in the United Kingdom. One of the things that you might not know is that whilst we see these birds in the garden throughout the entire year, the numbers are boosted during the winter months because of an influx of migrating birds from Europe.
During the winter months there is a chance that you may see their murmuration, where they perform acrobatic displays when flying home to roost. A lot of people see starlings as rather greedy because they are able to empty a bird feeder quite quickly. However, their numbers are in decline, so you should do what you could, in order to encourage them into your garden. You could even try to learn a starling bird call to see if that works.
In terms of common garden birds, one that you will definitely see on a regular basis throughout England is the Chaffinch. One thing that you will notice about these birds is that they blend into their surroundings very well. This is due to their patterned plumage. However, you can see white on their wings and tail feathers when they are in flight.
The Chaffinch is known for having quite a loud bird song, so it is likely that you will hear them in your garden quite often. However, you probably won’t see them feeding from your bird feeder as they prefer hopping around beneath the bird house instead. These birds can be seen all year around, both in gardens and in the countryside.
The robin is one of the most well-known birds in the United Kingdom and is commonly associated with Christmas, despite it actually being seen all year around throughout the country. Instantly recognisable thanks to their red breast; the robin is actually notoriously territorial. They have been known to chase off other birds when their territory feels under threat.
One thing that you might not know about the robin is that they commonly feast on fruit as well as insects and seeds. If you want to encourage robins into your garden, then it is definitely a good idea to have some fruit trees planted throughout the garden.
The blackbird, again, is an incredibly well-known and recognisable bird in England. These birds are entirely black with an orange beak. Female blackbirds, however, are often brown with streaky beaks so they can be a lot harder to identify.
The bird feasts on seeds, berries and insects and can be seen in gardens and throughout the countryside all through the year. If you want to encourage more blackbirds into your garden, then it is a good idea to plant things like blackcurrants, blueberries and gooseberries. The more berries available in your garden, the more likely you are to have blackbirds visiting.
The Wood Pigeon
Probably the most seen bird in England is the common wood pigeon. These birds can be seen everywhere, from busy city centres to the peaceful countryside. More often than not, you will see them roaming around in public picking up scraps of food.
In the countryside, the wood pigeon is actually quite timid and will generally stay away from humans and other perceived threats. In towns and cities, however, they will appear quite tame and often approach humans. They can often be found around public seating areas where people often stop to eat.
The Blue Tit
Blue tits are not as common as they once were, but they can still be easily spotted when you are out in the countryside. You cannot miss these birds thanks to their bright blue and yellow plumage which really stands out. These tiny birds absolutely love bird feeders, so if you want to encourage them into your garden then it is certainly worth installing some in and around your garden where they can feast on seeds at a safe height from predators.
These are just a couple of the most common birds in England, there are hundreds more. If you are a keen bird watcher then there are a few things that you can do, in order to encourage them to visit your garden. Ideally, you should place several bird feeders around your garden and plant fruit trees and berries so that they have plenty to eat when they arrive.