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AUGUST BIRDS – Why is Your Garden So Quiet?

Young Blue Tit

After a hectic spring in the garden with birds bringing up offspring and baby birds cheeping wildly on the lawn, it can be a shock to look out the window in August and see…well…not much really.

Where do all the birds go?

August is really a rest month for garden birds.

A time when their young are fit and healthy and the adults can rest and renew their feathers. For this reason, when you do see garden birds hopping about in August, you might notice that they look rather scruffy.

As our beloved garden birds lie low in thick bushes and grow their new wardrobe, it can be easy to think that they’ve disappeared entirely and that the neighbourhood tomcat is responsible. But this is completely normal. After singing all year, they’re having a rest.

Young Blue Tit
Scruffy Blue Tit

 Have some of them left to migrate?

Yes, it is true that not all of the garden birds are simply snoozing the August sun away. There are annual visitors for whom Britain is a nice place to breed but leave as soon as the summer begins coming to a close.

Swallows are a particularly good example as when you’ve got swallows nesting under your eaves, you’re sure to notice when they all simply up and leave. These expert flyers are heading south for the winter and it might be quiet in their absence but when they arrive in early spring, it’s one of the most exciting moments of the year.

What can I do for my garden birds in August?

August is a great time to put out a birdbath and a bird table. While there aren’t many birds out and about at this time of year, this is a good time to let your new garden products settle in and for local birds to become used to them. As Autumn comes in and the air starts to cool, your bird table will be the first stop for all your garden birds.

If you’re looking for a sturdy, bird friendly bird table then check out the Gardman Bird Table. This beautifully painted table gives a warming update to any garden and the well-built roof protects birds from harsh sunlight as well as rain. Easy to assemble and perfectly capable of withstanding those autumnal winds, the Gardman is the first choice for attracting hungry birds in August.