In the East Riding of Yorkshire there have been many Barn Owl deaths probably due to the snow.  Nearly all Tophill Lows barn owls are dead and bearded tits are dying at Balcktoft .

Apparently 20 dead  barn owls in the Wolds, 23 at Derwent Valley and lots of dead birds on top of Filey Brigg.


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  1. Hi Helen, I have noticed that my backyard bird feeder just gets many more bird visits during our colder weather. I also sprinkle birdseed and “Squirrel chow” mix out on the ground for the ground feeding birds, the chipmunks and the squirrels. The unintended (but not unwelcome) consequences is that the American Coots and the Mallard Ducks sometimes help themselves as my backyard is on a lakeshore. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

    January 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    • Hello – yes same here. We’ve had about 2/3inches of snow fall so far here today and its very quiet out and about. I’ve just been out with my faithful companion Sparky (my dog), and there’s hardly any birdsong. However, I was glad to find that my feeders were very busy. Even busier since I’ve just refilled them. i use a mixed good quality bird seed, sunflower hearts, nyger, peanuts and fat balls, which I am breaking up and scattering around the ground and bird table, as they freeze anyway when they’re whole!! Just today I also put some over-ripe apples on the feeder to see if any of them like them! The blackbirds here like them when they’re on the ground.
      Happy birdwatching.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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