Fear not because the likely answer to the lack of garden birds at tables and feeders is a happy one. Most of our common native bird species have had a good year with a bountiful hot spring, a summer without extremes and an autumn of incredible abundance. With the weather yet to show any sign of prolonged cold most birds will be at large in the wider landscape whilst hedgerow fruits and plant seeds still abound. Many garden birds use our offerings not by choice but out of necessity for close contact with human habitation has a number of risks to consider including cats, cars, regular human disturbance and often intense competition at garden feeding sites. At home we are starting to see Blue tits, Sparrows and Great tits on the nuts, but in no great numbers, whilst at work in the wild nooks of Dorset I am seeing some impressive flocks of the smaller wild birds feasting on this years Autumnal bounty while the weather permits.
I hope this puts your mind at rest. When the cold comes in and the winter hungry gap makes itself felt all of our bird table offerings will be a life line for many and reward us with the joy of watching wildlife from the window.