Monday, 7 December 2015

Feed the birds tuppence a time

As the song goes &  I wish it was only a tuppence as it costs a blinking fortune. Not that I begrudge it too much it would be nice if the birds could repay the favour & eat all the caterpillars from the red current/gooseberry bushes during the summer! 

Joking aside it is very important to feed the birds at this time of year & we actually keep our feeders topped up all year round. 

In the winter we put out fat balls & in late spring & during summer we put out live food instead. We always only use sunflower hearts & have recently bought a meal worm feeder which has proved to be a huge success. 


We have three sunflower heart feeders, one fat ball feeder & one meal worm feeder & at this time of year we have to refill them every day. 

We are very lucky where we live to be surrounded by fields & hedges, there are also pockets of the old woods. This means there are an awful lot of birds to feed. 

To help to keep costs down we buy the large sacks of sunflower hearts & keep them in a  special container in the kitchen. Each time the container is opened a little hound comes along for a sniff. Rocky hound adores sunflower hearts & he is allowed a little sprinkle. The vet remarked at his last check up how wonderfully glossy his coat was - we know why now!

Harry also likes to do his bit & throws his apple cores & wrinkly grapes on to the veg plot for the blackbirds & thrushes, while I do moan about my lack of weeding the veg plot I have seen the sparrows pick among the weeds which I suppose is keeping them down a bit.

P.S grapes are dangerous for little doggies big ones too but as the veg plot is fenced off to stop a pesky little JRT he can't get to them before the birds do. Take care all xx 


25 comments:

  1. We love feeding the birds as well. I am always looking for feeders at sales. Good to know about grapes.

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  2. We are going to get some bird feeders for here, especially if we have a very dry summer. Do you ever take photos of birds on the feeder and do squirrels sometimes pinch the food? Good to know about grapes and dogs, though I do know not to feed them chocolate. Hope all is well there weather wise and take care.

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  3. As I read this I looked out the window and a 'swarm' of long tailed tits were all over my bird feeder! I love watching the birds on the feeder, but I only feed them in the winter as our cat sits under the feeder in the summer. In winter she stays indoors so they are safe. I'm amazed that such tiny little things survive the cold.

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  4. The excitement of watching the birds in the garden never goes away. I admire your dedication in topping up the feeders every day. I'm afraid I've fallen behind with the upkeep of my feeders and could probably do with replacing them.

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  5. Bird food is really pricey isn't it. I put out a few grapes and the odd leftover blueberry, and I've got some meal worms at the moment. A few breadcrumbs go out as well, but I couldn't afford to do it on an industrial scale. It's a shame, as the biggest boy (the birdwatcher) would love to have more birds in the garden.

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  6. I love watching the birds on the feeders. I've got one of those window feeders as well as the usual hanging feeders. It's a huge success, I get all different kinds of birds on it and it's lovely to see them so close. I put out sunflower hearts too as well as suet blocks, suet pellets, mixed seed, niger seed, black sunflower seeds and occasionally mealworms. I get a good selection of birds visiting.

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  7. We've just put some feeders in the garden to start tempting in the birds for next summer. Hopefully the Will help keep the veggies pest free in the spring
    X x

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  8. I bet the birds love visiting your garden, they have so much to choose from! I just bought some more food yesterday, it really isn't cheap! Worth it though when you see them all happily feeding away. xx

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  9. I don't mind spending money on the birds, when we had lots in the old house they cost us a fortune, but the joy they bring is worth it, x

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  10. Good for you. I'm sure that you provide water as well.
    Flighty xx

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  11. We have three suet feeders and three bird feeders. The birds here help eat the scratch grain and corn I throw out for the chickens and guineas. Sweet little birds look so needy in the winter time.

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  12. My hubby takes care of our bird feeders, and they are voracious little guys. The bags of bird seed are getting really costly.

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  13. You're doing a great job. I don't envy the poor little birds over winter. x

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  14. You are so nice to feed the birds like that. I bet you get wonderful views of birds from those feeders.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. You are certainly doing a great job, we have had to cut back a little due to the rising costs.

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  16. Like you I love feeding the birds....first coffee of the day watching them help themselves to breakfast starts my day off with a smile.xx

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  17. We buy all our birds food off the net and have it delivered, much better prices, hubby makes his own fat balls as well.

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  18. Same here re feeding them. I take the peanuts away in spring coz of littlies choking and Teddy did once give himself pancreatitis from eating a suet-filled coconut half! XX

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  19. I've been thinking about making some fat balls. Really should get round to it. We are surrounded by birds here.

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  20. You should have seen my boss's face when she discovered two greedy squirrels sitting IN the birdhouse munching at the seeds. Then along came a very fat pigeon and started on the fat balls!! We have to be extra vigilant to make sure the little birds get their share. I'm now on Squirrel and Pigeon Patrol!!

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  21. You are obviously providing a great bird buffet! I am sure that they are enjoying it! xx

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  22. Hi there, my first visit to your blog. I always see you around some of the blogs I visit ... so thought I must come across!

    Yes, it is so lovely to be able to feed the birds especially important in the colder months, they love the fat balls don't they!

    Hope you have a great week.

    All the best Jan

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  23. We feed the birds year round, but they have to fight the squirrels for it.

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  24. I feed birds year round too ... except I ran out birdseed this week and will get more on the weekend. I've never set out meal worms, but the thought of it makes me feel a little ill. Are they alive? I don't even know if they sell that sort of thing here. I put out suet mixed with seeds in winter, but the squirrels (I think there are about a dozen in my yard!) make short work of it so it barely seems worthwhile. They are fat squirrels. I'll have to try the sunflowers on my pup!
    ~Wendy

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