We like to support wild bird populations all year round at the Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment Project because food shortages can occur at any time. But even if you don’t always feed the birds, at this time of year, it’s a good idea to put out food and water on a regular basis.
Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights.
At the project we couldn’t forget our feathered friends because we have an expert in our ranks. Peter (The Bird Man) is renowned for his amazing knowledge and love of garden birds.
At the hostel where Peter lives he has been feeding the wild birds in the small garden for many years. Some birds over the years have become very tame with Peter, even eating from his hand (and face!) His knowledge of birds is remarkable and he can even recognise most native birds just by their calls.
So, Peter has been making sure that the bird tables are full of seed and other appropriate food since the weather got colder. He also has some other unique ways of feeding the birds around the project.
He uses a special bird nut paste to stick nuts all over the compost bays and sheds. He’s also been making his own bird feeders from old plastic bottles and stringing monkey nuts from the barn rafters.
He has requested that I get some niger seeds for a special new feeder that he’s making at home to encourage Goldfinches to our project. I can’t wait to see them flock to the Bird Man of Cyrenians in the months to come!