Daily Archives: January 8, 2010

Helping Birds in Winter

In winter bird’s natural supplies such as insects and seeds run out and many garden birds, especially the small birds do not survive the freezing winter.

This freezing winter weather can be a killer for garden birds

Putting food out for garden birds is a way to stop garden birds from dying.

Putting food out for garden birds will really help them survive and is a positive thing to do.

I know this weather makes it hard for us as well.  I myself hit a pothole and punctured two tyres one freezing evening.  At the moment  the snow is closing in near us, but if we can turn our thoughts to bird feeding we can all help our garden birds pull through the winter. 

There are many things outside our control that cause the decline of the bird population.  Feeding birds is something that is within our control.

There are may types of bird food on the market and if you would like any advice please let me know.

Putting out kitchen scraps and recycling old food is a good way to feed birds

Fruits such as apples, pears soaked dried fruit can be fed to birds.

Nuts are rich in fat.  Hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts can be fed to birds.  The most common nut we feed to birds is the peanut (unsalted peanuts)

Other kitchen scraps that can be used are cooked potatoes, rice, cake, cut up or grated cheese, ham fat.

Lard is good for birds in winter.  I often melt some lard.  When it is melted I pour it over bird food and mix it together.  This does not make a fatball – it just gives birds fat coated bird food.

Lets all join together and all put bird food out across Britain this winter.  It is really the worst weather in ages.

If you have any tips or would like advice please let  me know.

Two more ways to stop large birds eating all the bird food

I’m really pleased that I’ve received two more ways to avoid large birds getting all the bird food

First way  is From Merry

 Hi Trish!
I have hidden some RSPB Sprinkles under the fallen leaves in the hope that the blackbirds will find them and the woodpigeons won’t! Probably won’t work but worth a try. I put out a whole fat ball on the ground. The blackbird was having a wonderful feast until a carrion crow swooped down and took off with the whole ball in it’s mouth! I was furious! Mind you, it was funny watching it trying to keep it from all the seagulls which suddenly appeared


The good news is this idea did work –

Hi Trish,
Thankyou for replying to my comment. We have now bought a bird-table to ‘adapt’! Meanwhile, hiding the ‘Sprinkles’ under the leaves and scattering them in the rockery seems to work a treat. The thrushes all seem to find them with ease and the pigeons don’t even think to look under the leaves! I’m a bit worried about the Sprinkles rotting, though, if the birds don’t find them quick enough. What do you think?

So pleased the idea worked.  I don’t think that the sprinkles will rot in this weather. Thanks for getting in touch


The second idea is from Sherry

I have this problem too but i find if i put out a lot of bread on the garden they tend to eat this instead of the seed.
i also put corn out for the pigeons.i know they can be a problem but i still would not like to see them go hungry all creatures great and small still count.




This is a true comment.  There are two sides to everything.  I cannot afford for the large birds to eat all the bird food – yet large birds need to eat as well. 


So there are two really good ideas. 

Put  food under leaves.  I often see blackbirds on the ground and among the fallen leaves.  Good idea.

The second way is also a good way.  Spread the bird food out in different parts of the garden and put different food in different parts of the garden.  I have heard of this working before