Monthly Archives: December 2014

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY BIRD FEEDING

I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas

I’ve got a lot of birds eating from the feeders this morning – as usual.

I’ve been out about 3 times already putting different bird food in different places.

Have had some thrushes this morning and the usual blackbirds, bluetits, chaffinches.  Plus many others flying through the air a breakneck speed before landing to eat the birdfood.  It’s a wonder there’s never a ‘mid air crash’ as these garden birds fly through the small airspace where my (their) bird feeders are!

Today has been different though because for the first time in ages I’ve seen a squirrel in the garden.  It must have been coming for ages. So the garden birds are sharing their bird food with rooks, crows, pigeons and now squirrels!  We watched this squired and it went under an upturned plastic chair that’s near one of the bird feeders.  We’ll have to go and take a look at what’s under it.  A stash of nuts perhaps?

I’m so glad I’ve put some wire mesh round some of the feeders. Keeps the larger birds out but not the squirrel.

Everyone who puts bird food out must be helping these many birds (and perhaps an unwanted squirrel) survive the winter.  The nights are so dark, cold and long at the moment so birds don’t have as many daylight hours to find food which will sustain them through the long nights.

Went to Midnight Mass at our local Church last night.  It was lovely.  apart from anything else I like singing hymns and Carols.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

#Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

GIFTS FROM ‘LIVING WITH BIRDS’

From: http://www.livingwithbirds.com/   The Perfect Gifts for a Bird Lover When thinking of a gift for the passionate bird lover there are a wide variety of options to choose from. These can range from a purely practical type of gift, to something that has an element of fun about it, too.   Helpful Guides A good gift idea for a bird enthusiast who has a particular interest in wildlife and nature, as well as learning more indepth information about birds, is a guide book. Guide books can be useful because as a nature evolves, new creatures will be attracted to new plants and create new habitats that the bird lover can investigate. No one knows everything, so a respected and informative bird guide will also be an ideal present. Another gift idea could be arranging a subscription to a popular bird magazine such as Bird Watch.   Quirky Gifts A Christmas gift with a bird enthusiast in mind should be able to be used throughout the year as although we see different species of birds each season, it should be relevant all year round for all birds.   Suitable Christmas presents could be either a calendar with a bird theme which you could list nature events in, or a yearly planner that they can document any developments in their garden wildlife to see what the birds like and what they don’t.   Bird Feed & Feeders Christmas is the perfect time to buy a bird lover some new bird supplies as they can start using them right through into the new year. Consider buying them some high quality special mix bird feed that is full of proteins for garden birds.   From:  http://www.livingwithbirds.com/   Another birding gift that is essential for every bird lover is a durable bird feeder, The Squirrel Buster is a great example of this; your garden birds can easily access their food whilst animals such as Squirrels and other mammals cannot gain access and steal their food. B ird Spotting WalkFinally, get your bird loving friend out in the outdoors! Research the most popular, or secluded, bird spotting destinations and pack up for the day. You and your loved one can spend the day searching for beautiful species of birds and documenting your day together.    http://www.livingwithbirds.com/ are a supplier of garden bird food supplies and hanging bird feeders for wild birds and wildlife. They have a selection of interesting wildlife articles, as well as user submitted photos from around the world. SO WHY NOT VISIT OUR WEBSITE  http://www.livingwithbirds.com/    YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND LOVELY GIFTS AND HELP OUR GARDEN BIRDS

IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPARROW HAWKS IN THE GARDEN DO NOT PUT BIRD FOOD OUT. TRUE OF FALSE?

I HAVE RECEIVED THIS POINT OF VIEW ABOUT SPARROWHWKS I was somewhat bemused and dumbfounded to read many of the posts concerning sparrow hawks attacking bird feeders. One must appreciate that if one is to place a food larder for a predatory animal in its clear view, the said animal will take advantage as that is what it is fundamentally programmed to do.

It seems that many of the contributors readily supply food to advantage Finches, Tits and other small birds and then decry lunch to the sparrow hawk that will be singling out the less able and weaker small birds maintaining a strong gene pool for the future.

I have no doubt that the same people that find the sparrow hawk so abhorrent will somewhat incongruently find the urban Peregrine Falcon a wondrous spectacle; the difference is that, with the latter the killing is done at a distance and the gory foremost details of na ture are performed out of sight. W

e must also consider that much of the food presented as bird attractant, admittedly in good faith is bought in pre-packaged plastic bags and then carefully placed in lexan tubes and vinyl net bags that will ultimately contribute to land fill and global pollution in general.

My advice is that if you do not want sparrow hawks in the garden do not put bird feeders in it.

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  DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO HAVE THEIR SAY?

Just  a short reply for now – there are many more sparrwhawks than there used to be. The sparrowhawk does not single out the less able and weaker birds.  The sparrowhawk will hunt an area until there is nothing more to hunt.

KEEPING RAIN OFF BIRD FOOD

If anyone has any methods they use to keep rain off bird food please get in touch.

I don’t use hanging bird feeders at the moment because the rain gets inside and clogs the food.

I use ground feeders of various sizes.  Some bought. Some home made.  I’ve covered them in different ways but nothing seems to work.

I get so fed up of rain wasting the bird food.

Any ideas welcome

Trisha