Daily Archives: February 22, 2009

Oil Rig Birds

Garden birds become seabirds for a while.

Birds cover such distances and it seems that sometimes garden birds become seabirds for a while.

It’s great that I’ve had some news about oil rig birds.  This is from Michael who works on an oilrig –

Hi everyone, We are at 57 degrees 36.10 minutes north 001 degrees 37.41 minutes east which is about 1 hours flying time north north east of Aberdeen.

When the weather is bad we often got a variety of sea going birds, diverse number of sea gulls including younglings (normally brown).

I am, of course, nor versed in their names but I know a black headed gull when I seeon as well as some of the larger Gulls I see regularly in Aberdeen itself.  When I say large they are as big as 18 inches tall.

Obviousely in 14 years off shore I have seen several different types of avian visitor.

Birds of prey including owls, hawks big and small

Sparrows, pigeons, blue tits, swifts and swallows.

A variety of birds, some of which you would not expect to see offshore.

Please remember I have been round a lot of north east Scotland waters, but also off Liverpool Bay to the West of England. Good to talk to you.

-0-0-0-0-0-0-

Isn’t that fascinating.  When I was reading it I could picture the oil rig and the vastness of the sea.   Thanks Michael for sending me this

Has anyone else got any type of bird watching details they would like to send.

Feeding Peanuts to birds

Peanuts and birds go together.  A lot of birds eat peanuts. 

I put out peanuts every single day along with other bird food.

Peanuts are rich in oil and protein and so are a good energy rich bird food to give to birds.

Peanuts can be fed to birds in two ways –

  • Whole peanuts
  • Crushed peanuts

In winter I put out both types for my garden birds. 

IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOUNG BIRDS CAN CHOKE ON WHOLE PEANUTS SO NEVR FEED WHOLE PEANUTS IN THE BREEDING SEASON.  IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THIS IS BETWEEN APRIL AND SEPTEMBER.

I keep a hanging feeder full of peanuts and this attracts a flurry of birds

I also put peanuts inside the meshed feeder and it’s great to see blue tits, great tits and a lot more birds flit in an out of the feeder.  It gives me a great view (but sadly not many photos)

Birds I attracts to my garden through feeding peanuts

  • Blue Tits
  • Coal tits
  • Dunnocks
  • Great Tits
  • Greenfinch
  • Song Thrush
  • Chaffinch
  • and the pesky starling

I’ve also had a woodpecker clinging to my peanut feeder

  • Siskins also like peanuts but I have never seen on in my garden

If you are just starting to feed birds or if you’ve been feeding birds for years peanuts are a good source of energy for birds.

Below is some information on where to buy peanuts

GET STANDARD PEANUTS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

GET PEANUT GRANULES DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Hope you’ve found this information interesting.  If you have any birdy news or any thing you’d like to tell me about  please let me know