Today started out as a cold, frosty and foggy morning. The first birds I saw in my garden were the pair of Collared Doves as they came to feed and drink. The water appeared to be frozen so I would have to attend to that ASAP.
Soon the House Sparrows were around the feeders and the male Blackbird was scratching around on the garden where we scatter the mealworms. Unfortunately for him it seemed that they had all been eaten yesterday. He continued to look around and on the drive found some bread that had either been dropped by a bird flying overhead or possibly flung by the birds feeding on our garage roof.
I put on my coat and boots and prepared the food for my garden birds, it has been a cold night and they will all be desperate for food to recharge their little bodies. I loaded the bird table with seed and suet pellets, scattered mealworms in the regular places on the ground then spread a few chopped dates where the Blackbird would easily find them.
Finally before returning to the warmth of the house, I broke the thin layer of ice that had formed overnight in the bird bath. We must not forget that a supply of fresh clean water is essential to the birds survival.