Daily Archives: December 25, 2009

Bird Feeding on Christmas Morning

The snow is still here.  It is still freezing cold and not thawing yet.

The blackbirds are the bravest, or most starving birds, as they stay close by as I put the bird food out.

One blackbird was sat on the fence at eye level with me.  I walked up to.  It stayed still until I got very close to it then it hopped a branch away.  If I had stretched out my hand I could have touched it.  It seemed to be looking me in the eye for part of the time.   

Thinking of wildlife on Christmas Day seems a good thing to do really. 

The sun is shining through and the snow looks deceptively lovely.  I’m glad there is blue sky shining through today and that the blizzards and snow seems to have stopped.

The pond where a lot of wild birds gather is still frozen.  I see a variety of birds walking on the ice looking for water.  For some reason they look funny.

 I’ve put an upturned black dustbin lid there filled with water and sparrows, blackbirds plus others I can’t make out are using this water – so that is a good job done.

I filled three feeders up this morning and already one is empty!  These wild birds certainly bring life to this corner of my garden. 

They make me turn out on a morning.  I see them frantically pecking at empty feeders and hear blackbirds singing / shouting. 

 Got to go now.  It’s present time.

 May the spirit of Christmas stay in our hearts and souls all year round. Merry Christmas!!

Feed the Birds on Christmas Day

Don’t forget to feed the birds on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day is a special day for us but for our feathered friends it’s just another day when they have to search for food or else they will starve.

I get such a lot of birds to my feeders.  On Christmas Day,I’ll have  time to feed them as well as having time to give and receive presents.

It’s good to get outside on a morning into the fresh air.

My old man says that it takes me as long to feed the birds and sort the bird seed and bird feeders out as it does for him to feed his herd of cows. He could be right!

I could only use one feeder. But which one?

  • The covered meshed feeder is good because it keeps the larger birds out and lets thrushes, blackbirds, sparrows, blue tits and other smaller birds get at the food. I can’t stop using that bird feeder. 
  • The two bird tables are used by a variety of garden birds (and also by rooks, crows, pigeons and jackdaws). I can’t stop using those.
  • The fat ball feeder is popular and the sparrows cling on to get at the fat balls. The blue tits are a lot more agile. We’ve also had a woodpecker clinging on to get at the fat balls. I can’t stop using that feeder. 
  • The peanut feeder is popular and peanuts are a good nutrition. I can’t stop using that feeder. 
  • The millet feeder is going down a storm. The sparrows never leave it alone. They clambour over each other to get at the feed. So I can’t stop using that feeder. 
  • The mixed seed feeder needs filling up every day and the birds seem to be waiting in the branches. As soon as I fill this bird feeder up they descend onto it. So I can’t stop using that feeder.

Better just carry on as before.
You don’t need as many feeders as I have to feed the birds.

As we enjoy Christmas Day lets turn out thoughts to nature and spend a few minutes putting bird food out.  It’s good to give as well as receive!