|Bird-table and bird-feeder|
We often put out bread for the birds, usually the stale bits that we haven't got round to eating, and when we do it goes in two places -- some of it on the bird-table, and some of it on the ground below. This is because some birds, such as Blackbirds, prefer to forage at ground level and seldom come to the table. We don't normally buy bread specifically for feeding the birds -- usually only if the weather is exceptionally severe, as it was in the Spring of this year. When the weather is very cold the birds use a lot of energy, and if conditions are icy for protracted periods, birds can find it hard to get enough to eat because their food is all frozen solid.
|Couldn't resist putting this pic in again -- my friendly young Robin|
I have tried various seed mixes, but the seed that all the little birds seem to enjoy best is the sunflower, so these days I usually only get those. The birds tend to "turn up their noses" at the mixed seeds now, and you can almost hear them saying "Wot! No sunflower seeds? Stingy humans. What do they take us for -- fools?"
Sunflower seeds in the sort of quantities that our birds get through can be quite expensive when bought in small packets. Fortunately, a few months ago Jane won a nice prize in a competition: a 15kg sack of bird-seed (which to contains a high proportion of sunflower kernels).
|The prize sack of bird-seed|
|A close-up of the label, showing contents|
If you're interested in birds and how to help them, you can get more information from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). http://www.rspb.org.uk/ I recently sent for their free booklet called "The Birds in your Garden", which is a very informative and attractively-presented item. Here's a link...