Autumn visitors…….

Coming home to a garden devoid of birds is always a worry.  The feeders are all empty and the birds have abandoned my garden for other reliable sources of food – and who can blame them?  Luckily it only takes a couple of days for them to return – goldfinches, greenfinches, five species of tit, house sparrows and blackbirds.  As autumn settled in though, the usual suspects were joined for a day by a huge flock of redwings, some of which visited the garden here.  I can see they were checking out the hawthorn berries which are looking plentiful, along with the holly.  Something makes me think there will be none for Christmas decorations again this year!  And while it is sad to leave the summer behind, autumn migrants make the change worth while.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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