THE DATE I BOUGHT THE BIRD FOOD

I thought I’d keep a note of how much bird food I’m using and where better than here on birdtablenews.

Today I bought

12.75kg OF NATURE’S FEAST FEEDER SUPREME.  Price £10.99
It is a seed mixture that includes sunflower, dari and millet.  It is for seed feeders.  This bird food  attracts a lot of birds including  Great Tits and Coal Tits, blackbirds, chaffinches, greenfinch, goldfinch, doves, starlings, tree sparrows and house sparrows

12.75kg GUARDMAN NO MESS SEED MIX – Price £15.49
It can be fed in bird feeders, bird feeders and on the ground.
Among the birds this bird food attracts are greenfinchyes, chaffinches, nuthatches, blue tits, siskins, dunnocks, blackbirds, song thrushes and sparrows. 

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Oh dear.  I seem to have bought two bags of bird food that attract similar birds.

I already have some blacksunflower seeds and Natures Feast High Energy Supreme.

I also put out cut up cheese and apple.

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It will be interesting to see the dates that I (I mean the birds) finish both these bags.

If it doesn’t snow then I don’t put as much out. 

My assorted flock of garden birds gets through a lot of bird food.  All the different varieties of birds do seem to act as ‘one flock’.  Chaffinches, blackbirds, wrens, thrushes, sparrows, pigeons seem to act as one flock.

I have sent in my Big Garden Birdwatch Results.  that is a good job done.

Trisha

 

7 thoughts on “THE DATE I BOUGHT THE BIRD FOOD

  1. Liz

    If cooked leftover fat mixed with seeds or cake is okay to feed birds why not bits of cooked fatty skin chopped up from chicken etc. Does this not count as meat ?

  2. Liz

    During the snowy/cold time we had recently BBC breakfast encouraged people to feed the birds in you garden (good for them).
    I e mailed to suggest that people put out fat mixed with seeds and other suitable bits. Within half an hour they announced that you should not give birds meat fat as it might give them salmonella which would kill them. Is this correct?
    If not please ask them to make an announcement to clarify as many people may have taken this as correct and are not giving fat to birds in the garden.

  3. Trish Post author

    The world is turning upside down. I think the people on BBC Breakfast don’t know much about birdfeeding.

    It was a good idea of yours to suggest people put out fat mixed with seed.

    I have always put out seed mixed with fat in winter. I think people have been doing it for years.

    I have looked on the RSPB website to see what they say. They now seem to differentiate between lard and meat fat !

    I wonder if the BBC have read this and misunderstood because they do not understand bird feeding.

    I’m not sure how to get in touch with BBC breakfast but will take a look.

    The RSPB site says
    ‘Lard and beef suet on their own are fine as they re-solidify after warming and as they are pure fat, it is not as suitable for bacteria to breed on. ‘

    It goes on to say ‘Fat from cooking is bad for birds.’ Then it goes on to explain why.

    The RSPB site also says ‘Unlike humans, birds need high levels of saturated fat, such as raw suet and lard. They need the high energy content to keep warm in the worst of the winter weather, since their body reserves are quickly used up, particularly on cold winter nights. ‘

    So the BBC Breakfast did give out the wrong information. Thanks for telling me about this. What was the email address you used to contact them?

    Trisha at Bird Table News

  4. Trish Post author

    Hi Thanks for getting in touch. There does seem to be a new rule that has come out now.

    It seems cooked left over fat is not any good any more. fresh unused pure Lard is fine.
    I know people who put cooked meat out for birds. Is this now wrong?

    I hope we don’t confuse people too much and make bird feeding too complicated for people to do.

    Trisha from Bird Table News.

  5. Liz

    Sorry for late reply, BBC breakfast site was the origin and was they that made the comment that fat should not be fed.
    I would like to make a clarification in the hope that we do not confuse and therefore stop people feed ing birds.
    Solid lard weather bought or produced from cooking such as beef, lamb etc should be fine just remember not to leave them for days if the birds don’t consume them.

    Not everyone is lucky enough to have lots of birds visiting their garden but by putting out a little fresh food each day you will see more and more birds visiting your garden/patio.

    Bought food is fine but if you don’t have money to spare please do put out what lefovers but make sure they are not left for long, put them on a tray so it can be cleaning off regularly and replaced with fresh food stuff and you should find you are rewarded with the sight of birds feeding regularly.

    Also please don’t forget those of you who own cats please put a bell on their collar.

    Cheers LK

  6. Trish Post author

    Hi Liz, Are we both burning the midnight oil? Happy Valentines day! Thank you for your clear, sensible reply.

    I’ll try to get to the BBC breakfast site tomorrow (or today?!)
    Fancy saying fat should not be fed. Thanks for picking up on it.
    It could well stop people feeding birds. As you say there are ways to feed birds apart from bird food and scraps and fat are one of them.

    I sometimes forget that some people don’t get many birds to their gardens and that bird food gets left. I sometimes wish that happened here!
    As you say putting out a little fresh food each day is a brilliant thing to do. Trisha from Bird Table News.

    Bought food is fine but if you don’t have money to spare please do put out what lefovers but make sure they are not left for long, put them on a tray so it can be cleaning off regularly and replaced with fresh food stuff and you should find you are rewarded with the sight of birds feeding regularly.

    Also please don’t forget those of you who own cats please put a bell on their collar.

    Cheers LK

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