With temperatures falling to -14.5 on Saturday night and 5 inches of snow, the country has been put into havoc. While we all realize that the weather has been bad for people wanting to commute, it’s easy to forget what effect it has on the local and national wildlife! The snow and ice make it very hard to find food for many animals. An example of this is the Kingfisher, which relies on running streams, brooks and other water sources to catch their meals, so they are obviously going to findÂ it difficult to stay fed when the brook is frozen. Again, feeding garden birds will make a big difference to there survival as said in the previous post.
Apart from the difficulties of finding food in these harsh conditions, they do make an already stunning area look even more beautiful. Here are a few pictures from the area around the Wombrook to illustrate.
Bird activity goes on around us on a daily basis, often unnoticed, and throughout the year. Often we are guilty of concerning ourselves with our own lives, and perhaps fail to realise that during freezing weather conditions, our local bird population will struggle desperately to forage for food and water. Insects will be difficult to find, and any scraps of food may be welded to the ground by ice, or obscured by snowfall. Water will have frozen solid, and prove impossible for birds to peck through it in order to reach the water lying underneath. At the very least, a few small pieces of bread, but more ideally nuts, thrown out onto the ground could make all the difference to a bird’s survival chances during a cold spell. A container of water placed in open ground ( to provide birds with enough visibility so as to spot a potential predator) would also ease their plight, although this would need to be checked regularly and replaced when the original water has frozen.
Some people invest a small amount of money to buy a feeder (pictured) which can be suspended above the ground, and in turn can attract an interesting variety of birds into their gardens, such as the Blue Tit pictured above.