Fat Birds

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Feeding The Birds

If I’m honest, I never knew the difference between a Chaffinch a Blue-tit or most birds except Sparrows. Since moving to Wales, my wife has taken to feeding the birds that visit our tiny garden. All shapes and sizes, but I’ve noticed recently that there are quite a few fat birds! Particularly Robins.

Every day, the number of feathered visitors coming in the garden is increasing. The female Blackbird seems to be top dog at the moment. My wife has noted too that the birds are becoming more and more less timid. Well, that’s how it seems. Then again, the Robins are so fat, I don’t think they can get off the ground when they see us, they just wobble underneath the shrubbery.

The Neighbour’s Dog

A few days ago, our neighbour was worried about the weight her dog was gaining. She couldn’t understand it. She walks him 3 times a day, lets him run until he can run no more and hadn’t added anything to his diet. Truly puzzling. I soon found out the problem though. There’s half a coconut shell that Wifey hangs on the fence, filled with fat mixed with wild bird seeds. Although it hangs about half way up the fence panel, the little Terrier can and was reaching it and scoffing the lot!! No wonder his tummy drags along the floor. Wifey has now moved it to a place that can’t be reached by the inquisitive hound, so hopefully, his weight will return to normal and no more will be said!

I Do Love To See The Birds Visiting

I do like to see the birds visiting, it helps bring the garden alive. And to think there are so many different types. I even bought a book for Wifey by the RSPB of European birds. It gives tips on feeding the birds, as well as information on things like bird boxes and migration etc. All great fun and of the course, the birds love it, especially through this cold winter we’ve had.

P.S. I made it up the bit about the neighour’s dog.

If you’re interested in the RSPB their website is here.

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  • Amanda Ricks
    March 8, 2018

    Awww, the country lifestyle. How lovely. 🙂

  • angloswiss
    March 8, 2018

    Mr. Swiss has now closed the birdhouse down. Our blackbirds are competing with the crows for size and the crows and the magpies are competing for who can carry the most bread pieces in their beaks.. the crows are winning with six pieces. I am waiting for the first sparrow to lose its balance on a branch due to overweight.

    • Trev Jones
      March 8, 2018

      It’s strange but there’s not a Magpie close by. There’s an awful lot of Robins and they are very nasty to each other, territorial over the space. There’s plenty of small birds too, Nuthatches, Blackcaps, Red Wings and Chaffinch’s. For some reason, the Magpies won’t come within about a mile of where we live, perhaps it’s the Red Kites up on the hills that are keeping them away. 🙂

  • susiesopinions
    March 9, 2018

    We don’t get many birds, but lots of bugs, in Florida.

  • Hope
    March 11, 2018

    Loved the dog part. I could just see that little terrier scrabbling up the fence.🐶

    • Trev Jones
      March 11, 2018

      Thank you, Hope. Yes, I’m sure he’d have loved to have been able to get to the food 🙂

  • Deepak Singh
    May 2, 2018

    Very interesting to know about birds feeding.

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