It usually happens this time of year. As the Sun rises and burns off some of the cloud cover the temperature drops a few degrees. At 7 a.m. when we went walkabout it was about -1.3C and two hours later with the Sun streaming through the window it is -3C outside.
Between Christmas and New Year when temperatures were reasonable for the time of year the number of birds visiting the Birdy Bistro dropped and the feeders were hardly being used but since the temperatures dropped again the seed had been vanishing at an alarming rate.
Starlings, House Sparrows and one Tree Sparrow (round the back of the feeder)
There was little light when I went through to the kitchen first thing this morning but some birds were already tucking in to any scattered seed. The numbers of Blackbirds visiting seem to be increasing daily. Last week they averaged six or seven at a time.This morning I counted twelve!
After breakfast I scattered some more seed mixed with some suet treats which are always very popular.
At the same time I changed the frozen dish of water for a fresh one:
It has been difficult taking crisp photos as the light has been poor where the birds are feeding in the shade of the building.
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