Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter Bird Watching With Kids In The Garden





Webbs, a family-run garden centre chain, are keen to get more families out into the garden during the colder months. They like the idea of encouraging children to spot wildlife and nurture the creatures that live in their gardens, so they sent me a bird feeding station to try out with my Family.

Getting birds into the garden during the cold winter months can be a bit of a challenge but with the right tools it can also be easy. A bird feeding station is great for enticing lots of different species of birds, as you can fill it with a variety of bird foods like seed, fat balls, meal worms etc. Creating a sense of safety in the garden for the birds is vital and once you have done that you will gain the trust of the birds and then they should visit your garden on a regular basis.


We positioned our Webbs Feeding Station in our front garden, right in front of our lounge window as we thought it would be really nice to relax on our sofa and watch the birds visiting. We hung bird feeders from the feeding station and filled them with a wild bird seed. We also hung fat balls from the hooks and broke up some fat balls onto the feeding tray that comes with the feeding station. Our main objective was to attract a Robin as they always bring a smile to our faces on a cold and frosty morning, but to be honest I wasn't sure we would actually get any so you can imagine our delight when our first visitor was a Robin!



Our chirpy little Robin visits every day, and he is such a joy to watch and when he isn't visiting we get blue tits. The blue tits are a little more nervous as they flit in and flit out. They are quick, so I was pleased when I managed to get a couple of shots with my camera as they very quickly fed & flew away.


The most visits have been from the Starlings. They are funny, noisy characters and very bossy. They bicker over the feed even though there is plenty for everyone. They are very entertaining, great to watch and they have been visiting everyday, especially as the sun starts to go down.



We have really enjoyed our new visitors to the garden, even my older kids call me every time they spot the birds on the table (especially our Christmas Friend Mr Robin.) A fabulous addition to our garden.

Webbs have a great Birdcare and Wildlife section on their website with a range that includes feeding stations, bird boxes and bee nesters.

What visitors do you like to encourage into the garden?




*We were sent a deluxe bird feeding station for the purpose of this review. We have received no financial reward and our opinions are our own.

8 comments:

  1. Looks fun naming the birds. Good way to engage with nature x

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    1. Thnks Jill, it has been great fun xxx

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  2. LOVED this post!!
    Inspires you to go out, buy a bird table and watch the birdies...
    Of course, it's a review so that's kind of the point hehe BUT as reviews go.. this stands out.
    Great stuff. x

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    1. Aww Thanks Tracy. It is a great table, we have all really enjoyed it xxx

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  3. Lovely post, and you took some fabulous photos. :) xx

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    1. Thanks, I've become addicted to photographing the birds xxx

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  4. Great pictures, and you have enticed a real variety of feathered friends! Mostly magpies and stock doves here, but the odd robin and wagtail hopping on the ground. Squirrels tend to scare the wee ones away. As an RSPB member, I am pleased to see so many families looking after birds in the winter!

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    1. Thanks G, I love watching the birds in the garden xxx

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