Category Archives: Bird Feeding

FEED GARDEN BIRDS ALL YEAR ROUND

English Hawthorn Hedge

A field of corn and an old established hedge

A Holly Bush we planted years ago

THE ABOVE PHOTOS SHOW HOW MUCH COVER AND SHELTER AND NESTING PLACES THAT HEDGES AND BUSHES GIVE BIRDS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY  ARE NESTING, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD.  DO NOT FORGET THAT PUTTING BIRD FOOD OUT HELPS THEM IN SPRING AND SUMMER.

THEN AUTUMN COMES

Thrush perched on a countryside hedge

THEN WINTER ARRIVES.

Earth and water frozen during an English winter

IN WINTER THE DAYS ARE SHORTER AND THE DARK COLD NIGHTS ARE LONGER.  BIRDS HAVE TO FIND FOOD DURING THE SHORT DAYS.  IT DOES NOT NEED TO SNOW FOR WINTER TO BE A PROBLEM FOR GARDEN BIRDS.  WIND AND RAIN AND VERY COLD WEATHER ARE BAD FOR THEM

SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN WINTER.  BIRDS NEED FEEDING ALL YEAR ROUND SO THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE THE SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN AND WINTER AND BE STRONG AND ACTIVE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR

A Dark Morning

 

I sometimes put bird food out before it becomes really light.  The other morning I took a torch!  I know I must be mad, but there is a reason for this and the reason is – blackbirds!  Once or twice in the early morning I’ve looked out of the window and seen a dark shadow that turns out to be a Blackbird.  It was at the bird tables and the ground feeder looking for food and there wasn’t any.

Now, when I put the early morning bird food out I see 3 or 4  blackbirds at the bird table taking advantage of the quietness of it all.

During the day when the bird table and ground feeder has visits from many of the smaller garden birds I never see a blackbird.  I only see them scurrying about when the garden is quiet and that is usually early morning or early evening.  I enjoy feeding the garden birds and know it helps them through the winter, but apart from that all the garden birds that come to my bird feeders really cheer up that corner of my garden. They flit in and out of the hedges and among the hedge rows and  make me laugh.

 

 

6.15 AM – THE BLACKBIRDS ARRIVE FIRST

6.15 am The blackbirds come first and frantically peck at the bird food.  They must watch me as I put the bird food out because as soon as  I turn to walk away they are there on the bird tables!

 

I have some bird tables that we’ve made that keep the rooks and crows out.  One of them is an ordinary bird table with a low roof.  It is so funny to see the blackbirds on this bird table.  They have their heads down and ‘crouch’ as they eat their early morning breakfast.

 

Then the sparrows arrive and, believe it or not, they scare the blackbirds away.  As soon as the sparrows arrive the blackbirds disappear.  They sometimes run across the grass to peck some bird food from the ground and then quickly run away again.

 

I’ve been told that sparrows are the ‘thugs’ of the bird world.  I wonder if this is so.

 

There are a variety of birds ‘queuing’ to get to the bird tables.  Bird Cafe.

 

Blue tits, black birds, sparrows and many more swooping down from the sky and hopping from the hedges onto my birdtables.

When the sparrows have had their fill the blackbirds will be back.