by Amy (13), UK
This freezing weather and heavy snowfall has brought lots of birds to the garden!
I peep through the window – with the bird table in clear view. I feel the first stirrings of the birds
… a few pips come from the cotoneaster bush and a coal tit comes into sight. His badger-coloured head looks left to right as he dips his head to eat some seed.
Next the blue tits come. Looking in from the bare branches of the lilac, a few flit in to cling acrobatically from the feeders.
Now the most recent visitor appears – the song thrush. They are fast declining birds now and so beautiful. She drinks the melt-water on the bird bath and then has a feast of my homemade-bird-cake.
Next – the house sparrows. One sparrow, two sparrow, three, four, come to balance on a honeysuckle twig before cleaning up all the dropped seed beneath the feeders. I silently thank them.
Last but not least, a beautiful wren perches before my eyes, but just a little too shy to flit to the feeder –
Maybe one day.
Putting food out for birds in the winter is a good way to get a little bit closer to nature. It often makes the difference between life and death during a hard winter. The RSPB have a great bird feeding guide on their website showing you what to put out, what type of birds to expect and how best to help our feathered friends.