I always have a lot of birds coming to my garden because of the food I put out for them. In the winter I have peanuts, seed, fat cakes, sunflower seeds and fat balls. In the spring and summer I do not fill the peanut feeders in case the birds try to feed their young with whole peanuts and choke them.
In the summer I only feed the birds fat balls, sunflower seeds and mixed seed. I also put some dried meal worms out, as the birds like these as well.
Young Birds Have Fledged
Now that the young birds have fledged, they have been coming to my garden with the adults, calling to be fed. Calls are usually not as musical as songs and are usually only a few short notes. ofter quite high pitched.
Birds use calls to communicate to each other and between members of a flock or family. Calls can be for aggression, warning, identification, hunger or to announce a food source. Young birds give begging calls to get their parents to feed them.
I managed to get some photographs of young birds being fed by adult birds. The pictures below show the process in close-up.
In the picture above a baby blue tit (left) is being fed some crumbs from a fat ball by an adult bird.
Most of the birds hatched this year should have fledged and will be out and about. They are vulnerable at this time and quite tame. While in my garden, I had one young great tit sitting on my bird stand while I topped it up. The young bird had not learned to be afraid of people.