Our gardens, balconies and outdoor spaces are vital habitats for birds providing water, food and shelter; at this chilly time of year why not spare a thought for our feathered friends? With this in mind, we have just launched our new Eco Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Adaptor. The bird feeder was the original brainchild of American inventor Norman Earl, back in 1984 Earl almost threw away his soda bottle when the hungry birds in his garden caught his eye. Instead of disposing the plastic bottle he utilised the bottle as as a bird feeder and it was this simple action that inspired his Eco Soda Bottle Bird Feeder, a sturdy cast zinc adaptor that converts any plastic two-litre bottle into an economical bird feeder. It’s a great recycling tool, helping to use cast-off plastic bottles. Hung from a tree or mounted to a pole, the squirrel-proof Bird Feeder will keep sparrows, robins, tits and other garden birds fed all year.
A drop in temperatures and bout of freezing weather can be potentially very harmful for many birds, A bird can use up to 10% of its body weight during one cold winters night, and unless able to feed well every day to replenish its reserves, a prolonged cold spell can be catastrophic. With just a little water, food and shelter, our outdoor spaces can become an important haven for birds and other wildlife.
Here are our best suggestions for helping birds get through these chilly climes:
- Put out food regularly, specially in severe weather.
- Feed twice daily, if possible in the morning and early afternoon before it gets dark.
- Use a hanging bird feeder – the Soda Bottle Bird Feeder is ideal – and fill it with sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, sunflower-rich mixes or unsalted high fat peanuts. This helps to nourish the bird and build their fat content.
- Introduce a bird table and include high calorie seed mixes, you can also put out kitchen scraps such as fat and suet, mild grated cheese, cooked potatoes , pastry and soaked fruit.
- Ensure a supply of fresh water every day. If it is very cold use tepid water, but make sure you don’t use any antifreeze products, which can be poisonous
- Place feeders in areas where the birds are safe and will be able to feed undisturbed. Avoid putting them near fences or dense hedges, where cats can easily get to them.