This is why we should chop up apples before we feed them to garden birds! This is only a short video but this little bird was trying for ages.
I want some bird food that includes bird food for blackbirds in the mix. I’ve clicked on the Ernst Charles link on my website.
The way you order bird food from their website has changed. They are having more stockists stocking their bird food. Which will be good.
They now have an Amazon link to their bird food on Amazon. As I am already an Amazon customer I searched around for my password, as I very rarely use Amazon, after trying one or two passwords I got the correct one.
This is the link to their Amazon site
They have a variety of bird food. I decided to order some. It will be good to have it delivered to my door. I have all sorts of bird food in my back porch which covers most garden birds, but I specifically wanted a bird food that suited blackbirds and thrushes this time.
I will let you know how I come on with the bird food I ordered from Ernst Charles
In the end I ordered
Ernest Charles Ernest Charles Songbird Delight
Start recycling by putting kitchen scraps out for our garden birds instead of throwing your food in the dustbin.
Putting out bird food, especially in winter, can be a life saver for some birds.
Here is some food I put out
- A lot of birds love fruit. They will eat scraps and cores of apples and pears.
- Put the last of the crumbs from the cereal box out for our feathered friends
- Cheese – not mouldy but old cheese or left over pieces. I cut mine into small pieces or grate the cheese before putting it out. Birds love this.
- Leftover plain flavoured rice
- Bread – I soak it in water first – any type of bread.
- Stale cake
- Bacon rind (chopped small)
- Ham fat
- raw grated carrot (I have seen birds on the birdtable enjoy this)
Birds may not come to the food straight away, but they will soon learn to that food is there and check regularly. You will get the enjoyment of seeing that you are feeding our feathered friends.
Of course you must throw away anything the birds don’t eat or it could attract vermin.
You don’t need expensive bird tables or feeders – an old container with shallow sides can be used to put the kitchen scraps in.
Give it a go!
It’s so difficult feeding birds when the weather is so wet.
The bird food is wasted by the never ending rain – a waste of my money and bad for birds
The ground feeder needs cleaning more and with the rain lashing down on me, it wasn’t a job I wanted to do
Even my hanging coconut feeder is full of water
Something needed to be done as I want to make sure there’s a dry supply of birdfood
I’ve started putting some bird food under a hedge and it is keeping dryer there
A reader told me she puts bird food in feeders under her garden table – which is a brilliant idea
I have covered the roof of my meshed ground feeder with old bits of wood – and that keeps a lot of the rain off
Any other ideas?
When you sit down to your meal, plate piled high with Christmas-time goodies, have a thought for the wild birds around you. What will they be eating for their Christmas dinner?
Winter is a difficult time of year for birds, the days are short and the nights are cold, so they must eat a lot of food in a short amount of ‘daylight time’ to have the energy to survive until the morning.
Sharing your dinner with the birds
Many of your kitchen scraps and Christmas leftovers make ideal snacks for birds visiting your garden and can help them get the food they need to survive. Here’s a quick guide to what you can put out:
- Fat – fat from cuts of meat (as long as it comes from only unsalted varieties) can be put out in large pieces, from which birds such as tits can remove morsels. Make sure that these are well anchored to prevent large birds flying away with the whole piece.
- Roast potatoes – cold and opened up, these will be eaten by most garden birds.
- Vegetables – cold Brussels, parsnips or carrots will be eaten by starlings and other birds, but remember not to put out more than will be eaten in one day, otherwise you run the risk of attracting rats.
- Fruit – excess or bruised apples, pears and other fruit are very popular with all thrushes, tits and starlings. Cut them up and leave them on the bird table or on the ground. I cut the apples up – so they can get at the apple easily
- Pastry – cooked or uncooked is excellent, especially if it has been made with real fats.
- Cheese – Hard bits of cheese are a favourite with robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and song thrushes. It will also help wrens if placed under hedgerows and other areas in your garden where you have noticed them feeding. Avoid feeding them very strong or blue cheeses. I often grate the cheese.
- Dried fruits – raisins, sultanas and currants are particularly enjoyed by blackbirds, song thrushes and robins.
- Biscuits and cake – Stale cake and broken pieces of biscuits from the bottom of the tin are high in fat and ideal for birds in the winter.
Golden rules for feeding birds
- Don’t put out salty foods. Birds can’t digest salt and it will damage their nervous systems.
- Only leave enough that can be eaten in one day – otherwise you may attract unwanted visitors, such as mice and rats.
- Always follow sensible hygiene measures, including washing hands thoroughly after filling and washing feeders.
I stepped outside into the cool breeze, looked up at the bright blue sky and started putting bird food out.
The crows, rooks and blackbirds perched in the bare trees were like little sillhouettes against the sky. They were watching my every move.
I scattered some bird food under bush A and a little more bird food under bush B. this one way blackbirds can get some of the bird food as the ground feeder mesh is too small for them to get through. I get a few blackbirds and some thrushes. they ‘run’ round the bushes and ‘run / hop’ across the garden very quickly.
It was fascinating to watch the rooks, crows and blackbirds circle in the the blue sky. the blackbirds aren’t really frightened of me and came to the bird food. I realised that standing there I was keeping the Rooks and Crows away. How long should I stand there.
I could see them perched high on branches, peering down at me from the roof top, flying over my head, perched on a chimney top in the garden next door, and some were actually trying to flutter down and pinch the blackbirds food – but they daren’t. They were all watching to see if I would go away and were preparing to feast on the seed.
I enjoyed the garden for a while and the blackbirds enjoyed getting their breakfast in peace. the problem is I don’t have time to stand guard every morning.
But it is a little spooky to think of all these rooks and crows looking down on me from their ancient perches, waiting for me to open my front door.
I will see what tomorrow brings
Water for birds in winter is important and can easily be forgotten about
A lot of birds need to drink fresh water at least a couple of times a day.
We take water for granted as all we have to do is turn on a tap. No so for wildlife they are at the mercy of the elements – and we can help them survive
When frost and snow appear their water disappears.
I have put together Readers Tips for giving birds water in winter
1. Put a plastic liner in the water bowl before you put the water in. When the water freezes all you have to do is pull the liner off. No more scraping out an ice filled water dish.
2. Buy a heated dog water bowl. This keeps the water unfrozen all the time.
3. Try and keep an area of a pond unfrozen. this is hard, but if a piece of wood or a ball is kept in the water it can sometimes be taken out and a small amount of water is showing.
4. Keep defrosting the water all during the day when it is really cold ( Impossible I know, but you know what I mean)
One water dish I sometimes use has a smooth base so I put some stones in for the birds to perch on.
I have been told about a shop that sells quality bird food. I haven’t been there yet, but am going to try some to give to my garden birds. Below is a photo of one of the bags full of bird food.
The Shop is called http://petshoptoyou.co.uk
It is in Market Weighton. Has anyone bought wild bird food from them?
I will keep you posted or you could take a look at their webpage details
Lucy says –
The guys at Vine House Farm also offer large bags of seed, nuch of which is grown on their own farm in Lincolnshire at very competative prices
This is in reply to a question asking for advice on the best places to shop on line for bird food
Here is a link to Vine House Farms so that you can take a look http://www.vinehousefarm.co.uk/
Thank you Lucy!