The usually camera-shy birds observed along the Wom Brook Walk appeared to have cast aside their natural inhibitions lately, due in part to the very cold weather-this male blackbird photographed last week along the Walk seemed to be waiting expectantly for food, its usual source trapped beneath freezing snow, and encased within the concrete-like ground.
The exhortation in the popular song, ‘Feed the birds…‘-epitomised in the Mary Poppins musical was never more important to the survival of local birdlife; apparently birds need to consume a third of their body weight during freezing weather.
Why is this important? Birds are a vital part of the food chain-during the growing season; they eat insects that damage food crops destined for shops and supermarkets.
By putting out some bird seed, ideally in a feeder,Â birds are then provided with an alternative food source, and thus their chances of surviving the cold weather are increased.