BirdWatch Ireland: Harsh winter weather can spell doom for our garden birds
If you have no interest in helping out our garden birds during this cold snap then this is not the thread for you. If you would like to help them survive this harsh weather (many will die without our help) then the above link has some good advice. Feeding garden birds can be a very enjoyable and rewarding activity, your children or grandchildren can be entertained for free for hours, and in these gloomy times knowing you are helping out some of the most beautiful creatures Nature has given us can be uplifting.
Remember the crumbs and scraps from your table that you would otherwise bin can make the difference between life and death for our native birds where, at this time of the year, every day is a bitter struggle for food and survival. Imagine if you had to get up every day and scavenge for food over a frozen terrain.
If you have cats please take the necessary measures to ensure they cannot pounce. The most important feeding times for birds are first thing in the morning and the hour or two before dark, so if you do feed the birds make sure the cats are indoors at these times. Ideally place feeders up high out of the reach of cats. Note however that some birds like the songbirds (blackbirds, thrushes, robins) are ground feeders, whereas birds like finches, tits, sparrows take readily to feeders hanging from trees or walls. The ground feeding birds will take to a bird table easily though. These are easy to make and place anywhere. Even a plank of wood attached to a wall or lodged in a tree will ensure that birds who cannot use hanging feeders can get food too. Again make sure this is out of the reach of cats.
For kids a fun way to feed birds is to buy a guidebook or poster of Ireland's birds and have them try identify each bird they see in the garden from the book. This is what we did as children before Barbie and Nintendo came on the scene. And birdwatching is free!
These beautiful birds and many other species are out there now. They're cold and starving and desperately need our help with food, starting today! Many will die a miserable death otherwise. Thank you