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FEEDING BIRDS ON A DARK MORNING

 

I’ve got an early start this morning so I had to feed the birds very early.

As it’s still dark  I’ve just been outside with a torch and 3 types of bird food.  Their breakfast is now ready and waiting for them!

As I stepped outside into the darkness two birds were singing so loudly in the hedge.  Their bird song went up and down in tone as they answered each other. On this dark, frosty, cold morning  it sounded so wonderful and I hope the bird food I put out is part of their breakfast.  They deserve it!

 

Bird food

I am looking for a good all round bird food.

I used to be able to buy a large bag of bird food from our local garden centre .  This bird food  suited all the birds that visit my garden.  They don’t stock it any more.  I asked why and was told ‘they seem to stop everything that is good’

 

So I’ve had to buy different small bags of bird food, which is very confusing.

 

I particularly don’t want the blackbirds and thrushes to miss out.  A lot of bird food I’ve seen doesn’t cover blackbirds and thrushes.  I could be looking in the wrong places.

The really cold part of winter must hit us soon and I want to be stocked up with bird food as I hate to see my garden birds flitting round an empty bird feeder just as dusk is approaching.   I have a six mile trip before I get to a shop and in the snow that is not a good idea.

Am thinking of using Ernst Charles.  I’ll take a proper look tomorrow, but the beauty of it is it seems good bird food and it can be delivered to my door, as  I’m 64 years old and that is a good thing.  It would mean I don’t have to cart big bags of bird food around.

The image below does not link you to their webpage but the image on the right hand side of Bird Table News does.

Ernest Charles

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I DO EVERY MORNING IS PUT BIRD FOOD OUT.  THREE TYPES OF BIRD FOOD IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE GARDEN.

CHRISTMAS DAY WASN’T ANY DIFFERENT AND THE BLACKBIRDS, ROBINS, THRUSHES, SPARROWS AND MANY MORE  ALL HAD CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST IN MY GARDEN!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

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STANDING TALL

 

 

A chaffinch keeps pecking at my patio windows and if I move to another room it follows me and again pecks at that window. It’s been doing this every day for weeks! I’ve read all the Webb advice I can find but apart from removing all my feeders there seems to be no easily practical solution.

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Hello, I think it is something to do with a reflection. What happens if you draw the curtains? Here are what has happened in the past.

http://birdtablenews.com/2013/07/chaffinch-banging-around-at-5am/

http://birdtablenews.com/2012/09/blue-tit-crashing-into-window/

http://birdtablenews.com/2012/02/blue-tit/

I don’t know why it happens. As I said I just think it could be something to do with a reflection it sees.  It is strange it has happened over a period of time to different people.

I don’t think there is an easy solution, but I would love to know the answer

There’s such a lot we don’t know about these  birds that visit our feeders.  We see them every day and think we know them.  It is not just chaffinches that do this, blue tits have been seen as well.  It must be a strong urge that makes them fly into glass time and again

 

Trisha

When you have looked after birds through the winter it is sad …

7.30am this morning screeching out side my backdoor and there is a sparrow hawk with a male blackbird, ..    seconds earlier I think I could have saved the little might.

 

I know that they have to eat and feed their young but when you have looked after these birds through the winter, it heartbreaking to lose one….this is the first time I have seen one in the garden, now I assume it will not be the last!

 

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I received this sad story from Linda.  She wrote in  reply to  an article that started it’s life in 2010.  – Ways to Stop Sparrowhawk Attacks in Gardens.   In case you want to travel back to 2010 here is the link –

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/03/ways-to-stop-sparrowhawk-attacks-in-gardens/

It shows what an ongoing problem sparrowhawks are. What can be done?

What Linda says is true we do look after birds, and in looking after them we care for their welfare.

LOVELY MORNING

It’s a lovely morning here.  I’ve put the usual bird food out in the usual feeders and have  been repaid  by a chattering in the garden as the birds gather for their breakfast

It’s time for me to have mine now!

A Blue Tit spends 85% of every winter’s day looking for food

A BLUE TIT SPENDS 85% OF EVERY DAY IN WINTER LOOKING FOR FOOD

So when you see a Blue Tit flitting about remember that fact and keep (or start) putting bird food out.

Imagine if we had to spend 85% of every winter’s day looking for food.  We can’t imagine it can we?

If food is available on a bird table, a hanging feeder or on the ground the birds will have more energy to see them through the freezing night.  This applies to many birds not just Blue Tits.

Lack of food can made a bird less alert and so more likely to be caught by predators, or if it does not get enough fat to last through the night it may die

Sometimes winter weather looks beautiful, but it hides the harshness of winter

Blackbirds and Thrushes

I have some blackbirds and thrushes feeding together in such a flurry.  As soon as I put the food out they  skim past me and tuck into the  bird food – ignoring me in the process.  They are united in this urgency.  They know with certainty that in two minutes the rooks will be descending. 

It’s a case of try and outwit the rooks – placing the bird food in places where they can’t reach.

I’m getting a close up view of these large rooks and they are so large and  just have an arrogant look about them.  I suppose they know they rule the roost so to speak

I outwit them in the end.