Help at the din­ner ta­ble

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Dur­ing the win­ter, com­pe­ti­tion for food among birds be­comes fierce. The small­est, such as tits, must make use of ev­ery day­light hour to for­age and con­sume as much as 30 per cent of their body weight in or­der to sur­vive the freez­ing nights. Larger birds, too, must eat plenty of food each day. There can be frus­tra­tion at see­ing gre­gar­i­ous species, such as star­lings, clear­ing the ta­ble within min­utes. A ground feeder sur­rounded by a large mesh cage will al­low smaller birds to feed undis­turbed while the larger species feast on the more easy to ac­cess food sup­plies.

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