Help at the dinner table
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.