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The up and downs of bird feeding

I was bird feeding early this morning.

It is a strange feeling knowing that birds are watching you when you step into the garden.  I know this because one lone starling starts to chitter and in a minute there are a small flock flying over my head.  Other birds appear on the fence looking at me.

A blackbird sweeps past the ground feeder – but there isn’t any food on it yet.

I put out the different bird food into the different feeders, put the grated cheese and the bread out as well.  I could hear the birds singing happily away in the hedgerows.

It is a lovely morning.  The colours of the countryside blend into the blue of the sky.

Then the squirrels and rooks appeared.

The squirrel soon disappeared, but the rooks just swarmed near the ground feeders and ate nearly all the food that was there.  They are such big birds.  They don’t belong in the garden at my feeders.  It’s a good job I put a lot of it inside ground caged feeders.

I’ll put some photos on of my home made and bought caged feeders – but that will be later in the week.

Have a good day

Early morning in January – a video

In early January it was  so cold and the ground was  frozen hard. No wonder I got a lot of birds at the feeders.

I took this short video of the countryside in winter in the early morning on 10th January.  
 There isn’t much food for birds in the countryside when the countryside is frozen like this.   The nights are freezing cold for them as well.

After I’d finished putting bird food out I was glad to get back inside.

Towards the end of this video a bird flys by – it was heading for the bird feeders.