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Wild Birds in the British Isles
There are 574 varieties of British wild birds in the British Isles according to the British Ornithologists Union (BOU) and with a growing population of Human Beings and around 8000 domestic cats, we need to take good care of our feathered friends.
It is very important that if you are feeding wild birds, that you assess your surroundings and the likely dangers that birds could be exposed to. In essence, it is useful to put yourself in the position of a wild bird and consider how you would feel if you were landing on the bird table, feeder or bird bath that has been placed in your garden. Consider if a cat or other animal could attack the bird, based on your positioning of these feeders and/or tables etc. Enjoy the facts and useful tips.
Clean Bird Feeders
A dirty bird feeder can harbour mould, bacteria, and other diseases that can decimate garden bird populations. Infected birds can spread the illness to other gardens and bird populations, creating epidemic conditions if left unchecked.
Conscientious birders regularly clean their feeders to ensure that the spread of disease is minimized. Furthermore, clean feeders will attract more wild birds because the fresh, clean seed is more appealing and nutritious.
- Clean Regularly: All feeders should be thoroughly cleaned at least once per month, but popular feeders may need to be cleaned much more frequently depending on how many birds use them and how much seed is consumed.
- Use Proper Cleaning Solutions: Feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water.
- Clean All Feeder Parts: For the best sanitation, each feeder should be cleaned inside and out, including all feeding ports, perches, lids, platforms and reservoirs. The feeder's hooks, poles and any other part where birds may perch or where faeces may collect should also be cleaned.
- Rinse Thoroughly: After cleaning, the feeder and all cleaned parts should be rinsed for at least 10 seconds in clear, clean water to be sure all chemical residue is removed.
- Dry Completely: Before refilling the feeder, it should be completely dry. Any remaining moisture could lead to mould and mildew that can cause illness and rotten, unhealthy seed.
In addition to keeping the birdfeeders clean, it is essential to clean all nearby areas where birds perch and congregate. Eager and hungry birds can spill seed several feet away from feeders, and all feeding areas must be clean to keep bird populations healthy. To keep nearby areas clean:
- Remove old or damp seed from beneath all feeders
- Remove rotten fruit from trees where birds feed
- Refresh mulch or gravel beneath feeders to cover droppings
- Keep birdbaths and other perches clean
Encourage your neighbours who feed birds to follow the same precautions. Birds normally move among feeders and can spread diseases as they go. The safest bird feeders will be those in communities where neighbours cooperate with equal concern for the health of the birds.
Pinecone Fat Feast A Little bit of cooking to help the birds
This is a fabulous idea to help feed the birds and its great fun, great for the children as well as the adults and combines a bit of exercise and foraging with a bit of home cooking and moulding.
You can use up any leftover Seed Mix
you may have or use new, it's up to you.
Let's get started...
First of all, we're going to need a few open Pinecones. This is a great excuse to go for a walk, take your binoculars if you like. Try and find some fully opened cones, the bigger the better. Don't worry you can only find closed ones, pop them in the oven for an hour and they'll open. Whilst you're on your walk lookout for Treecreepers
, Crossbills and Siskins
, they all love Pinewood habitats.
Once you have selected your opened Pinecones, put them to one side and gather the other ingredients together.
This is what you'll need:
Let's get cooking!
- Suet (amount depends on how many cones you have, 1/2 a cup per cone is about right) you can use Suet Pellets of any flavour, if you like.
- Seed Mixes, any flavour or combination can be used.
- Any Dried Fruit, if you have it, if not it doesn't matter.
- Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Niger Seed etc - any of these can be used as additional ingredients, the more variety the better. You could have different flavour cones.
- If you have any Mealworms, they could go in too.
- Some string
On a low heat, melt the suet in a large pan, be careful and don't over fill the pan. Once the Suet
has melted and is runny, turn off the heat and start on the next phase.
In a bowl, combine your Seed Mix
with any of the other ingredients you have, remember you could have a couple of bowls with different mixes in, that way you could monitor the birds to see which they prefer.
should have cooled a bit by now and become thicker, add this to the Seed Mixes
you have prepared and mix well with a wooden spoon.
The Fun Bit...
Tie lengths of string to the top of the pine cones, different lengths for hanging, then press and mould as much of the cooled seed and suet mixture into the open scales of the cone. Don't worry about being too neat, the birds won't mind and even if it looks a little messy the birds will still enjoy tucking into the easier to reach parts.
Hang the completed Cones from your Bird-table, Feeding Station
or from trees and bushes in the garden, wait and watch.
Which birds will you attract with your Pinecone Fat Feasts? Let us know.
Happy cooking, happy birding!