Recognising birds in your garden

Recognising birds in your garden

Unwittingly part of our daily lives, birds brighten up the day with their song. If you have a particular passion for birds and want to observe the different species, you can start with the birds in your garden. It's up to you!

Unwittingly part of our daily lives, birds brighten up the day with their song. If you have a particular passion for birds and want to observe the different species, you can start with the birds in your garden. It's up to you!


Tips for identifying birds


It is important to differentiate between birds by their general morphology. First of all, it is their size. Birds come in different sizes. Some, like the sparrow, are small and some, like the blackbird, are large.
The shape of their head is also important, whether it is round or globular. Their silhouette is also different from one species to another. The shape of the beak can be thin or thick, short or long, straight or hooked.
As for the legs, they can be short or long. It is also important to observe whether they have talons, claws or flippers, or whether they have feathers or only long fingers. The difference is also in the tail, which can be long or short, indented or rounded.
The way to identify birds is also to observe their behaviour, such as the way they stand, wag their tails, feed or move. However, it is always necessary to use an identification guide.


The different birds in the garden


Contrary to what most people think, there are several species of birds that can be found in your garden. You may see the chimney swallow, which is a spring species. There is also the great tit which is a small bird that is very present in your garden and which generally feeds on the ground with small insects. It can be recognised by its movement with small jumps.
Don't forget the chattering magpie, which often travels in pairs. However, this is not a popular species, as it is known to steal food from other species. Another bird that can be seen all year round is the house sparrow. As its name suggests, this bird is perfect for living with humans.


Food for garden birds


Even if you don't think about domesticating birds, you can still provide them with food all year round. Birds are granivores, frugivores and insectivores all in one. You can give them a mixture of seeds such as sunflower, peanuts or cracked corn. This not only provides a variety of nutrients, but also attracts new species.
You can also give them a mixture of fruit and insects, which will attract even more birds. For this, choose insects such as mealworms or fruits such as grapes. However, it is important not to neglect the water, so that the birds are regularly hydrated. So you can take care of the birds in your garden and still consider them as your pets.

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