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Sunshine & Showers

potd oink 2899237k What a mixed bag of weather we seem to be having this Summer.  We got really high temperatures during the growing season for most of our plants, then extreme rain when we were trying to make hay and now we seem to have a combination of the two, although it doesn't seem to dry up before it manages to rain again. Even the tennis at Wimbledon have experienced our Northern weather - sunshine and showers which are totally unpredictable, and forcing us to take an umbrella , even on a seemingly sunny day. The activity on the bird feeders seems to have slowed down a little bit from last month, the young fledgings seem to be managing to use our feeders themselves, without their parents flying backwards and forwards to the feeders and the nest.  We had a lovely sight of three young sparrows feeding at our bird table a...
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Carry on carrying on

Bird box 2 I am sure that we have all been shocked at the tragic news from Manchester this week, the images will stay with many of us for a very long time. We are assured that we must carry on regardless and I think that we can take a cue from nature with this. Nature does not suffer from terror attacks but it can be really harsh and terrible with devestating consequences for those involved. We have seen floods which must have wiped out rabbit burrows or flooded nests of baby birds, droughts where birds have dropped with exhaustion due to heatwaves and no access to water, plus much more. Those rabbits and birds just carry on and dig another burrow or build another nest and try again and carry on. The birdsong in our garden has been positively deafening this week , the garden has finally burst into life after a...
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Feed One Feed All

IMG 3175 3 This is a picture of our Robin & Songbird Mix of Wild Bird Food. Looks exciting doesn't it? Well I'm sure if you were a Robin or a Songbird it would  be just the diet for you so I'm not surprised if you're none too impressed with the photo of plump juicy raisins, suet pellets, chopped peanuts,groats, sunflower hearts, pinhead oatmeal, mealworms and cut maize. I know it looks like a luxury muesli but trust me it is meant for Robins & Songbirds, or is it?  Since I have been putting this food out we have had even more variety of birds at the feeders and bird table so I am asking customers and blog readers not to be fooled by labels, this really is a feed all bird food, not just as it says on the label. We have had chaffinches, bullfinches, pigeons, pheasants, blue tits, great tits and...
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Nesting and a Feeding Frenzy

download 2 I don't know how busy your garden is but ours is alive with noise and the feeders are busy all of the daylight hours at the moment. Filling them is a must do job every morning, as well as filling the bird bath too. We have had numerous visitors to the sunflower heart feeders which are nearest to the kitchen window but all of the feeders down the garden have had an array of visitors. Its not easy to capture them with the camera as they are really timid but I was impressed with my photo of these lovely goldfinches.  We have had bullfinches, blue tits, long tailed tits, and I'm sure I even saw a chiffchaff earlier this month. The dry weather has been such a bonus to us here on the farm, enabling the spring crops to be sown and the spraying and fertilizing to be completed way...
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Has Spring Sprung?

imagesAnother dry, sunny and pleasant day today but is this Spring or will the weather turn cold again?  The forecasters would have us believe that we are due cold wet weather and possibly even snow but the activity in the garden makes me think that Spring is already here. The birdsong is so loud from that I am convinved that our feathered friends seem to think that better weather is here to stay and its time for nest building, the feeders are being emptied daily rather than every two days so we are feeding more birds and they seem to be in rather a frenzy to get Spring underway. We are feeding Laverock Hall High Energy Bird food in our feeders at the minute to give the birds a Spring energy boost and they seem to be thoroughly enjoying this feed after feeding them no wheat and no waste bird feeds...
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