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The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and making a bird feeder

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The Big Garden Birdwatch is on this weekend in Britain and nature lovers are being invited to watch our feathered friends for an hour, count the numbers of each species and then tell the RSPB our results. The bird watch can be in your garden, but if you don’t have one, the local park or other green space will suffice. I’m not a big ‘twitcher’ but I do like watching birds going about their business.

I have a regular robin visitor who seems to follow me around, looking for mealworms and sunflower seeds. Recently I have even seen two robins in my garden. Robins are not great fans of robins so I assume they are a pair or maybe relatives – a mother and daughter or father and son, perhaps?

Last weekend I enjoyed a close-up view of a bullfinch eating seeds in Simon’s Lincolnshire garden. I hadn’t realised how colourful bullfinches were. The below photo wasn’t taken by me but it illustrates how vivid Simon’s visitor was in its colouring.

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If you’re not in the UK, maybe you could do your own informal bird watch? For more info on the birdwatch and the RSPB, visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

And if you want to attract birds to your garden, here’s an idea for a recycled bird feeder…

First, we need an empty plastic milk bottle, two branches, an empty tray – in this case it’s a plastic one, two pieces of twine or string, a scoring tool and a pen knife.

The items needed to make a bird feeder
Pictures courtesy of Simon Hunter
Milk bottle and tools Picture courtesy of Simon Hunter

Score or cut four holes into the milk bottle and slide in the branches – this is for wild birds to stand on while feeding. Cut two holes near the top and slide the twine in as seen below. This is to hang up the bottle in your garden. Cut holes above the branches as an opening so the birds can access and eat the seeds.

Then fill the bottle with bird seed. The seed will scatter onto the tray rather than the ground, providing less opportunity for rats. Once the feeder is finished, the same thing can be done again meaning it will be more hygienic, especially when there are cases of bird flu in the area.

Looking at the size and shape of a bird’s bill provides a good clue to its diet. Starlings, blackbirds and gulls have ‘general purpose’ bills that enable them to take advantage of a wide variety of foods.

RSPB Birdfeeder Handbook, Robert Burton

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16 thoughts on “The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and making a bird feeder

  1. I think some of my birds would land on something like this and it would fall to the ground under their weight. As many small birds l attract to the garden, l also get blackbirds, pigeons, woodpigeons, magpies, crows and seagulls and of course the squirrel too. The Bullfinch is indeed a truly beautiful colour.

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    1. Thank you, hope you enjoyed the Birdwatch. I used to think sparrows were common little brown birds. There always seemed to be so many but I don’t see them as much these days. I’ve heard they aren’t as common as they used to be which is a shame. I do see a lot of blue, great and long-tailed tits in my garden though.

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  2. Thanks for the how-to on the bird feeder Clare. There is also a global event; I will share the link iin a separate comment in case it goes to your SPAM. Your robins are so cute – ours are large and always have a grimace on their face.

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      1. That’s interesting – they look so sweet when I see them in a blogger I follow’s posts. If our robins think you are moving in and trying to steal a worm as it is crawling on the ground, it flies down and guards it and gives you an actual scowl. πŸ™‚

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