Bird Feeding in the garden

I have been outside a lot today gardening and sorting the bird food area out.

At the moment there are such a lot of rooks and crows flying overhead as soon as I put the  bird food out.  On the other hand I get birds such as the coal tit coming to the ground feeder.

As usual it’s the blackbirds and thrushes that are missing out as they can’t enter the meshed ground feeder as they are too big.  Because of this they get the left overs from what the rooks and crows eat.

I have had some really good advice about putting out some wire and I have sort of done this with some wire I have here.  We’ll see if it works.  If I put the birdfood inside the wire it should keep the large birds out.

I think a good way of feeding birds is by planting bird friendly plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. 

I am also forking up areas of soil near to the base of hedges, shrubs and bushes to make it easy for blackbirds and thrushes to get at the grubs and worms in the soil.

In summer the ground can get really hard here so I’m going to continue doing what I did last summer – recycle some of the household water onto the garden soil near the base of the shrubs and bushes and areas that I’ve forked over.

Am I mad?

I just see all these garden birds around me and then I see the rooks getting all the food and it is really annoying.

I’ll always put bird food out.  But forking the ground and putting water near the roots of shrubs so the garden birds can get worms easily  are other ways to make life easier for our garden birds.

It gives me a bit extra exercise as well!   walking backwards and forwards from the house with a bucket of water a few times a day.  Who needs the gym!

I have seen a few blackbirds and thrushes pecking on these soft, damp areas of soil, so hopefully it’s working.

I just need to know if soapy water is OK to pour onto soil near plants and for blackbirds and thrushes to peck at

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