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A couple of years ago at this time of the year I would see as many as 20 blackbirds, 2 robins, 4 Blue tits as well as pigeons and the like, but today, like most days now all I saw in my garden were 3 blackbirds, 1 pigeon, 10 seagulls, 1 duck and a squirrel. I just hope there are more birds in the nearby woods. I put plenty of food out and keep a dish of water unfozen.
We are lucky to get lots of birds, sparrows, blackbirds , starlings, blue tits, great tits, pied wagtails, goldfinches,wrens, wood peckers,phesants, partridges, up to 7 robins, but sadly don't see many thrushes.
Forgot to say, wood pigeon, racing pigeon, collared doves and last year bull finches and a pair of ducks, Dot oh and the sparrow hawk visits
I had pkts of Atora suet, ( in my cupboard, from the days I used to make my own puddings ), so i made up a mixture, of brown bread, suet, dried fruit, chopped cheese,softened all with hot water, then let solidify, and the birds really love. I put out on my window sill, as that is the only place snow free. As well as my usual birds, I have have Red Wings, and Field Fares. ( from the Artic ). I am sure these are more nourishing, than the fat balls, on Sale in the shops. Ellie
Feeding birds is one of my "things" I have got nut hatches, literally dozens of blackbirds as they come from the myriad of hedgerows around here.Blue- tits, great- tits ,coal tits,Blackcaps and two starlings ,a Sparrow Hawk I have seen only twice when fortunately I just happened to go out as he was going for his kill..Up unitl November I had two types of warblers ,cock chaffinch seen lately and the little robin.
I know when we get to Cornwall,unless I find a good tree in our garden we will be having more seagulls than small birds which will be distressing as I have spent so much time on my birds here.
Finally I have a little feeding box for a hedgehog which it uses well but not lately as it will hibernate in this.I googled and it said they will come hunting to a known place when it warms for a short while.
I feed the blackbirds on sultanas suet Two packets a week,oats boiled spaghetti rice grated cheese peanuts wild bird seed . I buy fat balls but they freeze too hard for the birds to pick off so i put them in a polythine bag then bash with my rolling pin.Shake in all onto two feeders and they soon finish everything I put out.
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Beryl Chaplin says:
We have a fairly small garden so attract the usual small birds plus those DAMNED PIGEONS! My favourite sight is watching the rooks and seagulls squabble over whatever they can find. Its even more dramatic when the ground is snow covered. Beryl
It's been thawing today and could see the grass across the road once again, so i took some stale bread and bits of pastry left-overs across for the birds and i nearly got 'mugged' by seagulls, they came swooping in from all sides before i had chance to break the bread into small pieces. it reminded me of Hitchcocks film 'The Birds' .
Remember today is the start of the rest of your life. enjoy it
Ellie,You have all the gourmet ingredients for your birds.I bet they call you when they re ready for more,Mine do
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