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Help the ground feeding birds in the snow...


Beckyphotos 6 24 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 9:43AM
Morning everyone,

I've just woken up to over a foot of snow and no television! Spare a thought for the ground feeding birds such as black birds, and put a box, small table or tray outside for them to feed from.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's snowy pictures!

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User_Removed 12 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 9:50AM

Quote:Spare a thought for the ground feeding birds such as black birds


I've bought a pack of lolly sticks and some rubber bands so they can make stilts... any other suggestions? Smile

In all seriousness, quite agree and also some fresh water too Smile
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Jan 2010 9:50AM
Already been out and taken care of this for our brood Becky.

Nice thought...
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
6 Jan 2010 10:22AM
Just done that.
Beckyphotos 6 24 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 10:22AM
Well Done!
jonah794 5 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 10:30AM
Me too Grin I dont want them to suffer
big fella 11 485 England
6 Jan 2010 11:00AM
Wilkinson's are selling tubs of 50 Fat balls for only 7, well worth it for our feathered friends. They also sell the Fat ball hangers for around 1!
:0)
NexusImages 7 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 11:20AM
Em and I are making fat balls for our birds Smile.
BEVZED e2
7 1.1k United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 11:28AM

Quote:Em and I are making fat balls for our birds .


put a bit of oil in the fat to keep them squidgy (fat freezes tooSad), please take the nets off the commercial ones as they can break those little legs so easily
AngieLatham 10 789 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 11:38AM
the birds are eating better than us at the moment! Agree with the comment about taking the nets off the fat balls for the ground feeders. Don't forget they like old fruit and scraps too, cereal , cooked rice,pasta etc

This morning we have 6 blackbirds, starlings, Fieldfaire,great/blue and cole tits, Jay ,woodpecker,chaffinches,2 types of sparrows, 4 robins in a territory battle, long tail tits and a wag tail Smile
Metalhead 7 1.9k 2 England
6 Jan 2010 11:47AM
I'm having to get up 20 minutes earlier each day to de-ice the car then de-ice the bird table! Not sure how long the two bird baths last during the day before they start to refreeze but our back garden seems to be more popular than ever this year.

We have 2 hangers for fat balls, 2 hangers for seeds, 2 trays for scraps and seeds. Not great on identification of birds but we've had the robin territory battles too. Doves are here, crows, blackbirds, blue tits, yellowhammers, and a few others. Oh, and a squirrel.

Wilko's good deal on fat balls. You can get the same from InStore/Poundstretcher and even Pets At Home have had a box of 100 for 14. We've also used some Bill Oddie packets of seed stuff, mixed them all together in a tub, and sprinkle some on the trays. Very popular.
big fella 11 485 England
6 Jan 2010 11:47AM

Quote:please take the nets off the commercial ones as they can break those little legs so easily


I always do, even when hanging them! ;0)
brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 11:50AM
Just a thought, try to find a cat-proof location for all the feeding.

We have two nearly Feral cats locally and they are killers at the best of times.

These conditions could make it even easier for them (and others like them) to take more birds than usual
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 12:01PM
Our pond is taking a hammering even more than normal in the last few days. Mind you the blackbirds aren't all that keen on sharing it. Smile
JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 12:35PM
Yep, Fatballs, Sunflower seeds and fresh bread, water in pond is clear thanks to a mist machine, & chased the fat cat away.

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