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Some small birds are mainly seed feeding, so a selection of bird foods such as sunflower seeds and grains are appropriate. It’s important to remember, that they also need water to digest these. Please remember to clean bird tables and other feeding places from time-to-time as they can be a source of infection. If you see small birds with swollen feet or sores around the beak it may be best to stop feeding for a while and give all surfaces a thorough cleansing.


Suet pellets and fat balls are an excellent source of energy but mesh bags should be avoided as birds can get their feet caught. Bread is also best avoided, as it has no food value for birds, although cake crumbs are fine. There is a female blackbird in our garden who waits for us to put suet pellets out. She will


them and


hop around our feet waiting to be fed and can


get quite


aggressive with other birds that try to take some before she has her fill. She has also learned where the food is kept and if we leave the door open, she will pop in and help herself.


If you have old apples


or pears which are starting to go off, then they will be just about right for blackbirds and thrushes. Nuts are very popular with tits, greenfinches and several other species - you might even be lucky enough to attract a nuthatch.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 9th January in the United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth, when Roy Atkins of Speyside Wildlife Tours will talk about British Columbia. All are welcome.


More details from www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or from Group Leader Dave Smith on 01900 85347, or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


It’s cold out there! 21 DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE 421 PAGE 49 Neil Hutchin


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