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Feed the Birds: Part 1

The weather is changing. Although it’s still warm we’ve noticed that the mild spring has brought many of our crops at the allotment on early.

So that has meant that some foods aren’t available now as they’ve already finished fruiting.

It made me think about the wild birds. There’s some varying view points about feeding wild birds. My viewpoint is simple. The presence of people in large numbers has impacted on bird populations. This means that human habitats have wiped out bird habitats which reduces food availability.

There’s also huge amounts of domestic cats preying on wild bird populations. While cats can catch birds the significant numbers of cats in our neighborhood do make the odds for the wild birds pretty unfair.

Song bird populations in Western Europe are also declining. The changes to temperature have affected the life cycles of the caterpillars they rely on to feed their young. These and other bugs are depleted by chemicals which then poison the food chain of small birds.

So in my view we should try to support wild birds if they can.IMG_7788.JPG

We hang a variety of bird feeders from our front balcony. This makes it possible to see the birds feeding through our living room window.

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I hang fat balls in a wire spring holder and in a wooden feeder. There’s an apple on a spike and two kinds of peanut holder; one for the large birds and one protected for the tiny birds. Mind you the green ringed parrots can access both.

I’m hoping to see who visits over the next few days and see if I can get some photos with my remote camera lens.

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21 comments on “Feed the Birds: Part 1

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    September 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    awesome thank you for sharing

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  2. Benjamin
    September 24, 2014

    We always have lots of feathered friends visiting our backyard. We keep a bird guide by the window to identify the visitors who stop by for a snack and drink 😉

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    • lizard100
      September 24, 2014

      Sounds like a great idea! We have quite a spread of visitors. The plan is to get some photos for part 2!

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  3. Grower
    September 24, 2014

    I enjoy feeding birds both at home and at my office. They aren’t dependent on the food and bringing them in where others can see and appreciate them helps create some respect for them.

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  4. bmary
    September 24, 2014

    I love feeding the birds! I even let the squirrels and chipmunks have a bite. We’ve still got a hummingbird hanging around, she should really consider moving south, but I won’t take down the feeder until I’m sure she’s gone.

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    • lizard100
      September 24, 2014

      Wow humming bird! That sounds amazing!

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      • bmary
        September 24, 2014

        They’re quite entertaining. They visit us all summer and have their little spats. Last year, we had a family of them. Two juveniles and mom and we knew they must be family because they weren’t quarreling! Very territorial.

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      • lizard100
        September 24, 2014

        Even more amazing!

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      • lizard100
        September 24, 2014

        That sounds amazing!

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  5. Cynthia
    September 24, 2014

    Leaving flowers and herbs in the garden, allowing them to go to seed is another way to help them

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    • lizard100
      September 24, 2014

      That’s true. Our sunflowers are doing that now.

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  6. tootlepedal
    September 24, 2014

    I hope your remote camera behaves.

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  7. Rambling Woods
    September 25, 2014

    This is my view and I try to explain this to people who question my bird feeders and pollinator friendly bee loving plants….. Thank,you… Michelle

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    • lizard100
      September 25, 2014

      I think it’s another aspect of responsibility.

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  8. Serena
    September 25, 2014

    Lovely post! As always! 🙂

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  10. mjh333
    November 19, 2014

    Sounds like great work, I looking to install some bird feed. Unfortunately I have two cats, so the problem is working out a spot where the cats aren’t tempted. I thinking something on the roof near my velux window!

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