Haith’s Bird Seed Review


https://www.haiths.com have released two new seed mixes which they kindly sent out to me for a review to be written. Upon arrival I immediately saw that their seed bags were now paper which I was very happy about as this clearly shows the business cares about the environment and is not just there to make a profit.

The two seed mixes are the;

 Winterberry™ – https://www.haiths.com/winterberry-the-high-energy-mix-for-overwintering-birds/

and:

One for All™ – https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/

The Winterberry™  is specially designed to contain high energy content, fat, calories and berry flavoured suet pellets. This is perfect for wintering birds! The One for All™ on the other hand is designed as a general type seed ideal for any time of the year with high energy husk free seeds ideal for a very wide range of birds. Both seeds have peanut granules among them.

I tested both seeds in a few feeders I had up in the garden, two of which were going to be ‘my favourites feeder’. This was a feeder Haith’s send me a while back to review and I loved it. Due to it’s well thought out design, larger more aggressive birds which will hog the feeders cannot get access. The only downside was grey squirrels could still get on and like most feeders in my garden, they have chewed and damaged the feeders. We moved the feeders closer to the house and have since not had grey squirrels on them. At my local park we held a bird ringing event so two of those feeders had been taken to the park for that meaning I didn’t have them for this review. I decided to put the seeds in two cadged feeders instead. I also had niger seed and normal sunflower hearts up too.

After a few hours of watching we had Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Robin, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit in the perimeter of our smallish the garden.

It was clear from watching that the goldfinches were very interested in the niger seed. I would think that this is just based on the time of year. At first it was pretty much only the niger seed they went on but by the end it was mainly the One for All™.

Goldfich/ European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

All birds seemed to try the Winterberry™ but very quickly came off of it. The Coal, Blue and Great Tits pretty much only went for the Winterberry™ occasionally trying the other feeders. Another thing I noticed with all the feeding birds mentioned was that they kept going onto plants and pecking away at the seed heads, this was just as popular as the feeders.

The other birds I had in the garden didn’t go onto the feeders which is a shame because I’m interested to see what they would have chosen.

To conclude, I recommend both seed mixes equally. The One for All™ really surprised me as it was more popular than the ordinary sunflower hearts which I had set up in other feeders!

Author: Michael Sinclair

My name is Michael Sinclair and I’m a young naturalist from Glasgow although I can be seen all over the place doing crazy things.

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