Set up feeders
One of the greatest gardening pleasures for me is watching the birds come to the feeders that we place outside the kitchen window. We provide a range of treats for them, including sunflower seeds, fat balls, nuts and grain. Some are put in hoppers, others hung from the branches of large trees, and yet more set into the cracks and crevices of gnarled logs and branches that we place on the stone table for that purpose. We also provide a shallow dish of water that we keep topped up and unfrozen during cold weather. The result is a constant busy flurry of feeding birds, including woodpeckers, blackcaps, families of long-tailed tits and siskins, as well as the more common songbirds, tits and finches that all year round in the garden. The important thing to remember when feeding birds is that once you start, you need to keep up a regular supply. During cold spells and when other sources of food are scarce, the birds will expend valuable energy flying to your feeder, which is wasted if there is nothing for them when they arrive. It is better to provide a smaller but constant supply than an irregular burst of largesse.
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live Top up your bird feeders regularly, and hang them where you can see them easily from the house