Birds galore…….

Well it looks as though we have another week of freezing weather ahead of us although today the sun is breaking through the freezing fog.  Its hard to see anything in the garden at the moment as the ground is literally covered with birds – up to 70 or 80 fieldfares at a time, feeding on fallen apples, 20 chaffinches with a few bramblings thrown in and enough blackbirds to bake a pie!  It’s lucky that it was a good apple year with plenty of windfalls as these birds are clearly enjoying the fact that they have found an easy source of nourishment.  Redwings too frequent the garden but stay mainly in the hedges and trees feeding on holly and hawthorn berries.  My only disappointment is that all the rowan berries have gone, as a waxwing or two would have added to the general excitement!  A few other gorgeous birds looking for food including two yellowhammers.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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