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MAGPIES KILLING A COLLARED DOVE

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in Bird Eating Bird by Trish

 

I received this from a worried bird lover -

A gang of very aggressive Magpies have just moved into our area.

I heard a lot of noise and looked out to see a collared dove being carried through the sky by one of them.

It was awful to see and now this morning I heard another loud squabble only to see them laying into one of their own!

I opened the window and they all flew away.

I just hope they don’t hang round here too long as they wouldn’t look out of place in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

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I hope we aren’t fighting a losing battle trying to help garden birds survive.  Magpies kill so many birds and in Spring  they raid so many nests.  They do so much damage.  One nest of eggs gone in a flash

This is linked to an article I wrote in July 2009 and which readers are still picking up on. I wrote it about a Magpie raiding a blackbirds nest.  If you’d like to read more and read what problems other people have had with Magpies please click the link below

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/07/magpies-raiding-a-blackbirds-nest/

Shorter days and longer nights – our garden birds need food

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in Birdy Ramblings on my daily dawdle by Trish

 

It’s coming to the time of year when our garden birds depend on us more than ever for food.

The daylight hours are getting less and so wild birds have less time to find food.  The dark nights are getting longer and colder so birds need more food to see them through the long, cold nights

Less time for them to find more food.  Oh dear!  It could be the death of some of them.

We have supermarkets that are open 24/7 and and homes that shelter us from the cold and dark.  We can’t imagine searching for food and trying to find somewhere warm to sleep.  Birds do this and at the same time they sing and chirp!!  Amazing

I always get a selection of birds in my garden.  They brighten the garden up with their antics and chirping.

I only use ground feeders at the moment.  The blackbirds seem to be first in the garden.  I open the front door and there they are.  Now they will be here  at the crack of dawn. Waiting for food.  Waiting for me.

Some of my feeders are a bit Heath Robinson, but they work at keeping the rooks and crows and pigeons off the food.  These feeders mean the colourful garden birds can feed safely inside the home- made chicken wire mesh / garden mesh feeders that I put the bird food in.

Happy bird feeding folks and if you have any birdy stories / feeding tips or would like to ask about bird feeding etc please get in touch

Trisha

 

 

Sitting Pretty – A photograph

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in Photographs by Trish

A PRAYER FOR A BIRD – FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2009

Posted on August 21st, 2014 in Birds I've seen in and around my garden by Trish

Carol sent me this:

I found a beautiful dove in my garden today, I thought it had a broken wing. I brought in the house and put it in a nice padded box, i gave it water and covered it with a towel like they told me to.

My husband went to the store for dove bird seed by the time he got home my beautiful bird had passed. I will bury it under my rose of sharon tree and say the  prayer for the beautiful little dove .It’s a very sad day for me and my family. But i know my little beautiful dove is in heaven with jesus. Thank You for this web site.

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I replied:

I am so pleased that this prayer is still being read and people are moved by it and it has helped you. It does show how close we can feel to these small birds.

It is always sad to see a dead bird. I feel they look so small when the life energy has gone out of them

It’s so lovely that you tried to save

This is the link  to the post PRAYER FOR A BIRD  which was written in 2009

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/04/prayer-for-a-bird/

This is the Prayer:  It need not be a prayer for a sparrow of course.  It could used for any bird

Prayer for the Burial of a Bird

This sparrow died today,

O Lord, Your feathered creature small.

We lay him in the friendly earth

And ask Your blessings on us all

 

A THREAT TO OUR PRECIOS WILD GARDEN BIRDS

Posted on August 21st, 2014 in Cat Control by Trish

This has beensent in:

 

Hi Trish Ive sent a readers entry for Bird Table news. Song and Garden Bird survival…

A real dilemma and threat for our precious wild, garden and erbon birds.

Between April and August every year during bird nesting season, thousands of baby and fledgling birds ,are slaughtered needlessly by pet cats…

Instinctively pet cats hunt and decimate nest sights, not for food but purely out of primeval play… How about giving these birds genuine protection ?

If a conservation act was to be implemented to remove the threat from pet cats , say …May to August .This would give these birds,the opportunity to nest and reproduce more safely.

This would mean some kind of forced temporary encarsoration. By the owner of the cat or registered cat pound. This would dramatically help and protect birds , in their struggle…

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I do agree with this idea.  I believe that in Australia cats are not allowed out.

What do you think?

A Walk on the Wild Side?

Posted on May 27th, 2014 in Bird Friends Around the World by Trish

I went for a walk yesterday morning.  Same old path, same old trees, same old view, so I did not take my camera.

Walking in front of me on a path full of mud and puddles  was a blackbird and a few yards further along was a small young rabbit.  They were ‘walking’ together.  Well, the rabbit was sitting then hopping and the blackbird was hopping / walking on the path.  They were close to each other and were aware of each other and were responding to each other.  I was close to them.

I was near a wooded area and wondered if this happened often in among the undergrowth of the overgrown wooded area.

Even more strange is that a few years ago I wrote a story about an unhappy rabbit who was befriended by a bird..  Strange but true

I walked a few more yards and was thinking how lovely the May blossom on the high hedge looked.  The long grass and wild flowers at the base of the hedge was lovely to see.  In among the long grass I saw an large old  hare.  He was sat facing the sun.  His face was looking up at the sun and his ears were flat to his head.  I watched him for a few minutes and he did not move.  I am sure he was enjoying the sun on his face.  My camera has a really good zoom on it.  Minutes passed and he realised I was there and slowly roused himself.  This in itself is strange as hares usually spring off into the distance when disturbed.  Many, many years ago people used to think there was a type of magic connected to hares.  They thought they were magical creatures

Last year I used to see two old hares travelling the fields together.   They moved in unison.  One sat down so the other sat down.  I did not see them often, but I believe they felt secure in the fields they were living in.

I waked a bit further and then had to turn back as my back and legs ached, but there was a spring in my step because of what I’d been lucky enough to see (but not photograph – or even video)

 

How do I feed Blackbirds, but not pigeons and starlings and magpies

Posted on February 24th, 2014 in Bird Feeding Problems by Trish

 

HERE IS A QUESTION FROM A READER.  PLEASE READ  AND SEE IF YOU CAN HELP HER.  SHE IS TAKING SO MUCH TIME TO FEED OUR SMALLER GARDEN BIRDS, BUT NEEDS SOME HELP AND ADVICE.   IF YOU CAN GIVE HERE ANY ADVICE YOU MAY BE SAVING A BIRD’S LIFE.  WOULDN’T THAT BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE DONE TODAY

 

I’ve enjoyed reading everyones comments. I love watching the birds feed from my kitchen window and have several hanging feeders with fat balls, seeds (as well as ‘no grow’ mix) peanuts and sunflower hearts and a ground feeder that I put mealworms, suet pellets, grated cheese and songbird mix in and a guardian table (the small birds don’t seem to be very keen on it but the bigger birds are able to stick their heads in and eat all the food) which I fill with similar and a tube suet feeder.

This is all on my small patio!

I attract blue tits, cold tits, dunnocks, and sparrows and I have a robin that appears now and again, 2 pairs of blackbirds, a couple of thrushes, a pair of collared doves and two pairs of wood pigeons that live in a large conifer in a neighbours garden as well as around 12 starlings and also for the first time this year, a magpie (which isn’t common to this area) which has put in an appearance a few times.

My problem is that the pigeons and starlings (and magpie when it appears) snaffle all the food on the ground (especially the suet pellets) and also try hanging from the other feeders! I want to stop the starlings and pigeons stealing all the food and will often go outside to scare these birds away when the small birds aren’t feeding, but still want to cater for the blackbirds and thrushes but don’t really know what to do as the starlings are slightly smaller than the blackbirds so a large mesh guardian doesn’t seem to be the answer.

I’ve noted that some of the comments about feeding the blackbirds have mentioned putting food under bushes and the like but living in a town, the place is full of rats so I also have to put down poison making sure that it is covered enough so the birds don’t eat it. Has anyone any ideas as it’s costing me a fortune in suet pellets especially. Thank you

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HERE IS MY REPLY BUT I WOULD LOVE IT IF ANYONE HAS ANY OTHER IDEAS

I know what you mean.  It is nigh impossible to  to feed blackbirds but not starlings.  You can easily feed the smaller birds by putting the food in a wire mesh ground feeder.

One of the things I have done is get some chicken wire that comes in a roll.  I make a circle with the wire and use garden canes again to keep the wire upright.  I throw the food inside this meshed ‘safe haven’ bird feeder.  The wire mesh is big enough to let blackbirds, thrushes  and the smaller garden birds in.  The pigeons, magpies, crows cannot get into this circle so they walk about outside looking in and looking very annoyed.  It can be so amusing.

Here is a link to an article about another way to keep larger birds off bird food.  You may not be able to do this – and it does look strange.  It means you have to put garden canes round a bird table. The larger birds such as rooks, crows, pigeons cannot fly / balance to get onto the bird table.  Blackbirds and smaller birds can.  Unfortunately it means that starlings can get onto the bird table

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/07/keeping-pigeons-away-from-bird-tables/

Thank you for getting in touch.  I have not had an internet connection for ages, because of the storms.  Here’s hoping that things are sorted now, but I don’t think so as I know there is another fault on the line

INTERNET CONNECTION HAS NOT BEEN WORKING

Posted on February 24th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Trish

I haven’t been able to log into Bird Table News because the storms have brought a line down and there is another fault on the line as well.

The internet is now very hit and miss.  It disconnects itself (I feel it is alive and being awkward!) just when I need it most.

 

I will reply to any comment I get when the Internet is fully back in operation.  Here’s waiting for BT Outreach to sort things out.

Look forward to getting normal service resumed.  It is strange how we rely on the Internet.  I remember a time before the Internet.  I used to think  how strange the Internet was.

Happy Bird Feeding

Ernst Charles Birdfood

Posted on February 6th, 2014 in Bird Food by Trish

 

I want some bird food that includes bird food for blackbirds in the mix.  I’ve clicked on the Ernst Charles link on my website.

The way you order bird food from their website has changed.  They are having more stockists stocking their bird food.  Which will be good.

They now have an Amazon link to their bird food on Amazon.  As I am already an Amazon customer I searched around for my password, as I very rarely use Amazon, after trying one or two passwords I got the correct one.

This is the link to their Amazon site

Ernst Charles Birdfood Amazon Shop

They have a variety of bird food. I decided to order some.  It will be good to have it delivered to my door.  I have all sorts of bird food in my back porch which covers most garden birds, but I specifically wanted a bird food that suited blackbirds and thrushes this time.

I will let you know how I come on with the bird food I ordered from Ernst Charles

In the end I ordered

 

Ernest Charles Ernest Charles Songbird Delight

12.55kg

 

BIRD TABLE NEWS DVD FOR SALE

Posted on January 20th, 2014 in Ways to Help Birds by Trish

With help from a lot of people I’ve put together a DVD showing some of the birds that visit my garden and the area around it.

I have videod all the footage myself and enjoyed doing it.

I’ve decided to sell some copies – proceeds to go to (you’ve guessed it) buying bird food for our little feathered friends.

If anyone is interested in buying a copy leave a comment below and I will get back to you and I’ll keep you updated on the bird food I buy.

The price is £10 including postage.

I’ve called it Bird Life on the Wolds

Trisha