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Hope you all had a Happy Christmas

I hope everyone had a Happy Christmas. 

I had a really nice time, inbetween putting bird food and fresh water  out 

I’m very popular with many, many sparrows, starling, bluetits and other tits, robins, rooks, blackbirds, thrushes.  A robin has been spending ages on the bird table pecking away.  It’s a wonder nothing has chased it away.

Night is drawing in. I have just brought all the bird feeders in.  At least they will be dry and ready for the morning

The other day I saw quite a few sparrows queing up and trying to get into a nest box to roost.  I just could not see them all getting in.  I hope they did – it really is freezing here.

Cherio for now

Feeding Birds at Christmas and in Winter

In winter birds use a lot of energy searching for food as  natural bird food is scarce.  Putting food out does help birds survive.

Putting any left over Christmas food out is a good idea. 

Here is a list of food you can feed to birds

YOU CAN FEED

  • Mild Cheese – grated or just crumbled and broken
  • The fat from the cooking can be used. I soak bread in water and then soak this bread in the melted fat before putting it out for birds.  The fat can also be used to mix with bird food.  This way there is double energy – bird food and fat in one meal. 
  • Any left over cakes and buns
  • Chopped up apples.
  • Dried food that has been soaked. 
  • Left over roast potatoes. 
  • Christmas Cake and Christmas pudding.  These are a really good food for birds. 
  • Unsalted nuts – and we have a lot of those at Christmas

Here is a list of food you should not feed to birds

YOU SHOULD NOT FEED

  • Stuffing
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked vegetables
  • crisps
  • salted nuts
  • cooked meat

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First thing in a morning birds are hungry
After surviving a cold night birds need energy to keep them going through the day. For this reason putting bird food out first thing in a morning is probably the best time