Feeding birds safely in the garden

As you know from a previous post on how to attract birds to your garden, I’m keen to encourage birds into my garden and for Monkey to appreciate the different species that are local to us.  I do have to think about feeding birds safely in the garden, with a 3 and half year old Monkey to consider but also one rather nimble one year old cat – our Brewster!

I’d normally have a dish on the ground to feed blackbirds, but I’m sure the minute my back was turned Monkey would be helping himself, so for the time being I’ve left ground feeders well alone.

There are a vast array of hanging bird feeders on the market as this link shows.  These are obviously a much safer option when you have little children around and give you flexibility.  I have a hanging pole that I can attach various feeders to.  They are great for the birds, and mean I can have hanging bird seed feeders as well as peanut feeders ……

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….. and in the winter I add suet feeders and suet balls too to keep the birds really happy.  The bird feeders are all just out of Monkey’s reach.  The other advantage of this kind of feeder is that the birds are hopefully safe from the cat!

I did have a lovely old wooden bird table, that sadly rotted away over this last winter.  It was great for wood pigeons and collared doves to feed on the covered table and I could also hang fat balls from the sides.  I’d love to buy another one when the budget allows.

This year I think we will have to invest in something like this too …..

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www.over40andamumtoone.com Squirrel proof feeder

…. as we get lots of grey squirrels at the bottom of the garden.  These type of feeders, let the birds reach the food but the greedy squirrels just can’t reach it.

So hopefully I have covered all the bases and will be feeding birds safely in the garden, protecting them from the cat, protecting their food from squirrels and protecting Monkey from eating anything he shouldn’t!

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About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.