Author Topic: Bird food  (Read 3548 times)

clifftaylor

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Bird food
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:43:13 am »
Morning everyone.
Please remember to put out food and water for the birdies when it's cold, as the small ones will really be struggling at the moment.  :)


Re: Bird food
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 10:45:39 am »
It'll help to keep them fat for Friday.  ;)

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2009, 10:47:16 am »
Good call.

I've been out and topped up the feeders this morning, and put warm water in their bird bath.  There are loads of small birds feeding today.

The water's important when everything's frozen - a blackbird didn't even wait for me to back away before he was in there for a drink.

Re: Bird food
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009, 11:16:50 am »
Feeders are full.  Water is about to be defrosted now  :thumbsup:

Re: Bird food
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 12:18:18 pm »
I put bread down most days for them. (The proper seeded stuff)
They'll be alright around here because most of the gardens seem to have birdtables or feeders.
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clarion

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2009, 09:47:17 am »
Butterfly righted our birdtable & restocked it on friday.  Pigeons especially grateful :-\
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Snakehips

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2009, 11:47:18 am »
Pigeons especially grateful

Three fat Woodpigeons sat and watched me put out seed , bread and water earlier and have not bothered to avail themselves ... yet.

I feel I should be out turning over the icy soil to help the insect eaters but I can't quite bring myself to do it.

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clifftaylor

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010, 11:36:43 am »
Bump  :thumbsup:

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010, 11:38:51 am »
Thanks - that reminded me to go and thaw out their drinking water :)

Pingu

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 11:43:33 am »
Bump  :thumbsup:

OK, OK, I've done it  ::-)

Mrs Blackbird was waiting for me. I sat about a metre away from the bird seed while she fed. Why can't she do that when I have the camera?  :facepalm:

clifftaylor

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 11:54:41 am »
I tried hanging fat balls out, but nobody was interested - but crumble them on to the ground, and they're well popular!
Two wagtails have just arrived, plus a dunnock.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 11:55:21 am »
Bump  :thumbsup:

OK, OK, I've done it  ::-)

Mrs Blackbird was waiting for me. I sat about a metre away from the bird seed while she fed. Why can't she do that when I have the camera?  :facepalm:


Ours barely back off at all now - they're very desperate.  The biggest problem is that one of the male blackbirds tries to see off all comers at the ground food feeder

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2010, 11:56:06 am »
I tried hanging fat balls out, but nobody was interested - but crumble them on to the ground, and they're well popular!
Two wagtails have just arrived, plus a dunnock.

Ours rip through the fat balls.  I must try putting them on the ground as well though - that's a good plan :)

Re: Bird food
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2010, 11:56:45 am »
Put broken up seeded crusts out for them earlier this morning.
Thank fuck they've now hoovered it all up and moved on.
No more "chattering" from the kitteh. Peace and quiet at last.
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clifftaylor

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2010, 12:07:24 pm »
We're having the greedy blackbird problem as well - if he carries on eating like this, he won't be able to take off when the cat appears.....

jogler

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2010, 12:08:14 pm »
The birds in our garden are better fed than some children & elderly folk my work brings me into contact with:certainly more regularly fed.

Pingu

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2010, 05:16:48 pm »
Bump  :thumbsup:

I sat about a metre away from the bird seed while she fed. Why can't she do that when I have the camera?  :facepalm:

She has obliged (50mm lens, no cropping):




Snakehips

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2010, 05:51:45 pm »
I heard a report today that Tesco have sold more birdfood this year than ever before.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2010, 06:54:30 pm »
We're certainly tearing through it; we buy in bulk from the RSPB these days, but with no couriers daring to do their jobs the stock of some components is getting a bit low....

We have enough feeder seed and ground food, but the peanuts are diminishing, the fat balls are being replenished form the village shop and the niger seed is dwindling..

nicknack

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2010, 06:58:08 pm »
Wilkinsons are doing a tub of 50 fat balls for £6.99. All the usual other stuff as well dirt cheap.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2010, 07:00:41 pm »
they quite like leftover christmas pudding too.  Mr Blackbird has been quite protective of it, chasing everyone else away until Mr Magpie appeared. They took a bit longer to get stuck into the stale lemon steamed pudding but the bluetits have finished most of it today.

it's been great watching it out of the office window.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2010, 07:01:36 pm »
The blackbirds have stopped squabbling and are allowing each other and the other birds to eat

Times must be harsh.

nicknack

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2010, 07:03:01 pm »
What is this 'leftover Christmas pudding'?
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jogler

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2010, 07:24:24 pm »
What is this 'leftover Christmas pudding'?

My thought exactly

Fi

Re: Bird food
« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2010, 01:12:08 pm »
One blackbird has taken ownership of the cotoneaster, if he catches anyone else on it, he gets very cross, but not as aggressive as he gets when he's got babies.

I had nine fat pigeons feeding from time to time this week. The seldom seen woodpecker has been in at least twice a day; there were three green parakeets, but now only two.  Strange absence of tits, lots before Christmas, but since then, I've hardly seen any. Lots of chaffinches tho' and a few reed buntings, but fewer than last year.

I suspect other people are now putting out proper food. I've seen a flock of around 60 starlings in the fields at the bottom of the garden, but am getting only a dozen or so on the feeders nowadays.  We used to get the whole lot of 'em in.  It was chaos at times.

Magpies have occasionally in the past ventured into the garden, grabbed some fat cake and flown off again.  This year, I've had four or five in at a time.

A neighbour watches the field for bird life and reports to the British Orthinology wotsit society and  sends round reports of what to look out for.    Apparently there is a kingfisher about and snipe coming closer to the houses., plus the usual complement of bad weather seagulls - hope they don't find the feeders.

There was a wren in the garage this morning, left some cheese and I hope it's flown. It left me a present on a bike.

I buy seed in 10Kg sacks and stocked up before Christmas.  I will need some more ground feeder food in a couple fo weeks, but which time I hope the snow will be gone.