Breakfast please – it’s been a cold night

Blackbird-food

First very cold night of the winter and this morning five blackbirds have been squabbling over the limited food resources round the garden. One of the birds came up close to the window and just perched on a pot staring out across the frozen pond.

Bird-frozen-pond

Blackbirds will feed from a high bird table, but they prefer pecking around at ground level. This morning I mixed up some uncooked oats with a little lard and chucked in a few raisins and left the mixture on the patio. One male bird attempted to claim the lot, but whilst he chased off one competitor another would dart in and sneak off with a beak full.

Blackbird-waiting

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

10 thoughts on “Breakfast please – it’s been a cold night”

  1. Just like people hey – there’s always one who tries to spoil it for the rest πŸ™‚ Your pond is frozen while it was a hot one here today, 32’C and warm winds. We even turned the air conditioning on as we didn’t have our normal sea breeze.

  2. These are great photos! Winter is a tough time for birds – survival of the fittest and all that – I try to keep my bird feeder full since the cold has finally settled in here. Sounds like a real treat you made for these birds.

    1. Thank you. Yes, they do get apples – I have a couple of apple trees in the garden and the blackbirds get the lion’s share. But I think I’d like the tin of cherries myself πŸ˜‰

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