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Win Breakfast with the Birds
We know a thing or two about what's good for Britain's birds and we love a good 'knees up,' which is why we're launching...
Breakfast is good for us, and it's the perfect occasion to feed the birds too. That's why we're encouraging Britain to take 10 minutes to have breakfast with the birds throughout spring and summer. To encourage this, we're giving away one bag of 'OlymPECK!' a day for 75 days from 14th May until 27th July, finishing on the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.
'OlymPECK!' Bird Breakfast has been blended to feed lots of different birds from three different levels: bird feeder, bird table or straight from the ground. This is the best way to attract lots of birds. The mix contains Sunflower Hearts, Black Sunflower, Cut Maize, Safflower, Peanut Granules and a variety of other attractive seeds. This will make it popular with all your garden visitors.
Our Limited Edition 'OlymPECK!' Bird Breakfast is available to purchase online by
For your chance to win a 5kg bag of 'OlymPECK!' Bird Breakfast simply answer these questions:
Q1: What year was Haith's founded?
Q2: What would Breakfast with the Birds look like in your garden?
Please send both your answers to:
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The closing date for entry is 2pm on 27th July 2012. A list of winners will be shown below.
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AND THE WINNERS SO FAR ARE...
Judith Hamilton from Essex
- who say's Breakfast in her garden would be chaos as the starlings tried to leap into our bowls of muesli momentarily forgetting the meal worms for their youngsters. The collared doves would look on shyly and check on the new baby that likes to sit in the cherry tree. The pigeons, Mr, Mrs & Junior Beaky would peck away at their sunflower seeds. The greenfinches and blue tits would stay on the other side of the garden at the second feeding station and we would be totally distracted by all that was going on around us.
Marilyn Lowther from North Lincolnshire
- who say's Breakfast in my garden would consist of a army of goldfinches trying to fight off the blue tits on the birdfeeders, with the artillery of chaffinches coming up behind! The battalions of starlings and blackbirds showing off their new off-spring on the ground, with a battery of ring collared doves and wood pigeons trying softly to muscle in. All this while Robbie the robin is undercover in the bushes and Winnie the wren is on a mission along the fence. All are very aware of two "rogue interlopers" waiting in the wings (excuse the pun)! Sally the sparrowhawk being one, and Monty the magpie the other. Yes they both have to eat, but for various reasons are not welcome to come down for breakfast on the parade ground while my other guests are present!! Fat Fred the hedgehog (I'm doing a national survey of hogs) has marched home to bed, eating mealworms and hedgehog food right up till dawn, he now weighs 1.5kg!! Yes that's breakfast in my garden, rations on demand!
Janet Hurst from Cheshire
- Who say's Breakfast in her garden would be a true delight, and probably a magical mixture of harmonious wonderment sprinkled liberally with cacophonous mayhem! Let me explain - I have a small aviary of Zebra Finches who delight me each morning with their busy calls as they go about their business. Add to this the sight & sounds of the regular wild ‘visitors’ and you get something of an orchestral movement going on in the background - the Collared Doves and Woodpigeons sit on the roof, their coo’s interspersed with the trill of the Robin, Blue-Tit & Great-Tit as they pass through for breakfast. A solo performance enhancement is provided by the lilting melody of the Blackbird atop the conifers, and then, just when all is in tune..... down flies the usual squadron of Starlings and their youngsters tippling over one another with their raucous demands for food and the peace is shattered - in the most endearing & amusing of ways of course!
Sally Smith from York
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would be my family (myself, husband and 2 boys aged 9 and 7) sitting outside on the patio around our table, and about 10 ft away is our bird table complete with fat balls, seeds, and water. We regularly have robins, black birds, wood pidgeons, great tits and wrens visiting us for breakfast - and the cats stay safely inside!
David Paterson from Glasgow
-who say's Breakfast in his garden would be a feathery chaos!
Sharon Daykin from Kent
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would see our family of Blue Tits swooping down from their nesting box, closely followed by our almost resident female blackbird who prefers to eat behind the mock orange bush. The group of sparrows would as always fly into the top of the privet and you can watch the branches shake as they drop down and appear to drop out of the bottom of the hedge to eat from the lawn, or queue up in the bay tree until they can get onto the bird feeder. The two robins would dash for the food before resuming their chase whilst the two collard doves in almost perfect unison finish off any remaining bits. As well as these regulars we see chaffinches, wood pigeons, long tailed and great tits dashing around in the trees. It may seem frantic in our small garden but there is a pure joy and peace to be felt just be watching our feathered friends. There is no other feeling like it!
Amanda Stark from Leeds
- who say's I would have bacon sandwiches and the birds would breakfast on the bacon rind.
Mr and Mrs Plant from Cleethorpes
- who say's Breakfast with the Birds means topping up the feeders with fatballs,mealworms and seed cake,then while we are preparing our "cereals" the garden fills with starlings,sparrows, blue tits,a robin,together with magpies, the starlings make for the mealworms, with beaks full they head to a wall were their infants are tweeting for breakfast ! by this time we can get on with our " breakfast " but we don't mind it makes for a great start to a day.
Sunitha Daniel from Leeds
- who say's My garden is on the side of my kitchen and I have a bird table, seed, peanut and seud feeder.So far I have seen Black birds(male and female),coal tits, Wrens ,Collared doves,Pigeon and magpie feeding from them. Breakfast with birds would be a party if they all come together.
David Lewis from Cleethorpes
- who say's There would be a Golden Chorus from all of the early birds getting ready to take part in and celebrate in the Haith's OlymPeck Feather-stivities. The royal ruby chested Robin can be seen perched high in the English Rose covered fencing watching all the birds line up ready to tweet their national anthem of "Haith's Saved the Birds". While Mr. Blacky Blackbird would be warming up ready for the Tug a Worm competition in the far corner of the garden as Mrs. Blackbird settles her babies in the nest ready for the games to commence. Sqizy Squirrel can be seen distracting everybirdy with his mission impossible style acrobatics while the rest of the Bushy Tailed Cheerleaders perform the 3 step nut shuffle move and empty the complimentary squirrel vending machine on the fence. The Seagulls flying high showing off their Swooping Snatch lunges ready for the lunch time Steal a Chip Relay by the beach, where their sure to be bringing home the top price this year. Mr Sly Fox, who is lurking in his underground hole in the near by woods is waiting for an opportunity to attack and spoil the Birdish OlymPeck Feather-stivities. However never fear David Lewis is here with his newly installed Sonic Fox Repeller so let the games begin!!
Chris and Nigel Hatcher from Berkshire
- Who say's A variety of birds visiting our 5 feeders (2 in a plum tree and 3 on a budlia) filled with Haith's Feeder Seed, whilst small birds (black bird and below) visit two bird tables, that have 'cages' of green boarder fencing on to keep the wood pigeons (up to 20 of them) off, to help themselves to Songster alternated with Wild Bird,. The Pigeons get a helping of the same at two other locations in the garden. And we watch all this from behind our 'hide' of pot plants from the kitchen window.
Jan and David Cunningham from Hertfordshire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds would look like a free for all, we have so many! The birds can't get enough at the moment and are always squabbling over what's on offer. My husband's aim is to get Robbie (our nearly tame Robin) to eat out of his hand (no manners!) We have the full range from Crows right down to Goldfinches. Our only problem is in keeping the uninvited guests (neighbour's cats) away from the table! Breakfast with the birds is always a charming affair.
Hazel Rea from Colchester
who say's Breakfast with the Birds in our garden is a busy affair. The Green Woodpeckers enjoy a breakfast of ants (thank goodness!), and the magpies and the jay will eat almost anything they can get their beaks on. The blue tits breakfast en masse with much flitting about and fluttering. The pigeons currently seem to be trying to strip a very small tree of its buds - fortunately they are too heavy for the branches and fall out at regular intervals as the branch dips. The robin can be a bit bossy but the doves have immaculate manners. The wren will only look for her breakfast when everyone else has gone because she is shy - we regard her as a very special visitor.
Mrs P Downing from Doncaster
- who sent us this photo of her having breakfast with the birds:
Fran Bee from Lincolnshire -
who say's Sparrow, sparrow, sparrow, starling, starling, dunnock, sparrow, sparrow, two collared doves, blue-tit, sparrow, robin, sparrow, sparrow, sparrow, blackbird, wood pigeon, wood pigeon, two chickens from next door, sparrow, chaffinch, sparrow. Accompanied by birds whizzing across the garden, lurking in the bushes, swifts darting by and a lot of head turning.
Emily George from Kincardineshire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds would be very noisy as the goldfinches, and siskins fought over the Niger seed and the jackdaws and pigeons declared war over the ground feeders while the woodpecker looked on amazed!
- who say's In my garden breakfast with the birds starts at the crack of dawn. Water bowls for drinking and water bath for bathing refilled with fresh water. Food is put out ready to suit the preferences of the feathered visitors when they move from their roosts. Fat balls and suet cakes hang from trees in special holders to tempt the visiting blue tits, great tits and long tailed tits although a few visiting starlings love these too. The greater spotted woodpecker loves his coconut shells. Meal worms and suet pellets and special seed go on the table for the robins which now include the youngsters successfully reared. The wren will nip in under the table as will the dunnock. Chaffinches and greenfinches hang out on the seed feeders. A few goldfinches come for the niger seed. For the larger birds the larger more open plan area suits them on top of the old chicken house and here I get blackbirds, thrushes, magpies, jays, wood pigeons and collared doves keeping me company while I sit nearby with my porridge keeping a vigil hoping that this will be the day that a sparrow appears in the garden. Once so common now never seen and it’s so sad. Perhaps the new Olympeck will work a miracle and their cheery chirruping will be heard again.
Christine Conner from Liverpool
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my urban back yard would is often a messy affair. I have one couple of each, Great and Blue Tits visiting for the live mealworms I leave out for them. They dive into the tree and then fly off to their nestlings high above the roofs. I keep buying on a weekly basis more mealworms for these voracious eaters! I also have up to four Goldfinches visiting the sunflower hearts, giving the yard a lovely splash of colour. A cheeky magpie comes in to chase the pigeons away and hoover up the bits left over by the smaller birds and the beautiful song of the faithful Dunnock can be heard over the tree tops. I have a small yard but I am amazed at the amount of bird and wildlife that visit on a daily basis!
Nina Stevens from Essex
- who say's Andy (husband) and me would be eating cereals or croissants whilst sitting at the outside table. The Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves would flap about in the trees, looking on but not being quite brave enough to venture too near. The Starlings would be peering out of the hole in the plum tree to see what's going on (the hole the Green Woodpecker very kindly drilled out some years ago) and wondering whether we were good for a few crumbs. Meanwhile the Robin might venture closer in the hope of a treat. If we were far enough away there would be Greenfinches and Blue Tits to-ing and fro-ing from the bird feeder and Starlings would be pecking at the fat-balls; the Blackbirds would be quietly getting on with looking for worms. The pair of Jays might be about but it's unlikely we would get a visit from our local Green Woodpecker as he's quite shy and only drills in he lawn when he thinks nobody is about. The Seagulls would be circling high overhead and we would be serenaded by the cooing of Pigeons and beautiful morning birdsong
Samantha Bresnahan -
who say's We have squirrels in our garden as well as birds, we enjoy breakfast in the sun with our 2 young boys.It is always a fun thing to do in the morning! Hectic as everyone wants feeding including our pets and outdoor animals (Birds and Squirrels)
Les Wariner from Painswick
- who say's Total chaos - our dog George wouldn't know what to do first, whether to try and beg from our table, or to hoover up the seeds that spill from the bird feeders.
Carol Wallace from Aberdeen
- who say's My breakfast with the birds would include all the regulars to my garden, the goldfinches and greenfinches on the niger seed feeders, the greenfinches, siskins and tits on the blacksunflower feeders and then on the ground we'd have the blackbirds, the collared doves, the woodpigeons and the sparrows. If I was lucky the stupid (wild?) pheasant would also pop in - he's so tame that he almost eats out of your hand! I don't often have the luxury of watching them at breakfast time, but at the weekend, I can have a long leisurely breakfast and watch them all - bliss!
Alison Atkins from Kent
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in her garden would be a frantic feeding time, baby starlings squeaking for food. Wood pigeons coming to see what they can grab. Nuthatches, great tits, blue tits and sparrows on the feeders. A free for all on the bird table with everyone queuing up on the fence to take turns in getting the food. The crows and magpies sit on the shed looking for their pickings.The little mouse family come for a look as well! When they hear the birds feeding noisily, the fox family appears for their breakfast of scones and cakes! No wonder I've got no money left!!!
Graham James from Newport
- who say's As long as Jay, who is making regular visits to the bird table at the moment, doesn't invite his MiB friends: C(row); R(ook); M(agpie) or his alien friend The Squirrel, I can still hope to see some of the other occasional visitors like the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, the Nuthatches or any of the other garden favourites.
Sandra Hawes from West Sussex
- who say's Breakfast in our garden begins with topping up the sunflower seeds for an awaiting band of blue tits all with a song to sing. Mr Robin waits eagerly by for the seeds to drop and woe betide A.N.Other Robin inviting himself over for breakfast. The greater spotted Woodpecker pops down for a very brief swipe at the feeder sending the blue tits fly up in a feathered flurry to the safety of the oak tree. He does this many times so getting his fill and no doubt his amusement to capacity. Jenny Wren, nesting in the rafters makes darts to and fro, and Mr and Mrs Magpie watch from the gate post. We hear the sound of a beautiful cuckoo in the distance.
- wo say's Breakfast in my garden would be the squirrel putting his 'hand' into my 'anti squirrel' caged feeder and pulling out the golden chorus I just put in and the Blackbirds underneath the feeder taking eating what is dropped by the squirrel, then the young robins would be waiting to take what is left over. The Goldfinches would be fighting for their place on the multi place niger seed feeder, my friend the collared dove would come to me for his share of the soft food, then whilst I would be having my cup of tea and toast the birds would take a drink from the pond as I was sat on the patio watching them.
Yvonne Lazenby fom Derbyshire
- who say'sMy breakfast with the birds would be “my husband and I” enjoying a lovely cuppa with a wide selection of birds that share our garden and are very well fed, from Greater spotted woodpeckers,green finches, chaffinches, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, willow tits and Long tail tits. Thats to say nothing of the Hedge Sparrows, House Sparrows and Tree Sparrows,Blackbird Thrushes and of course no breakfast would be complete without a fair sprinkling of Starlings and a resident Sparrow Hawk eyeing up his hopeful breakfast. Yes breakfast time in our garden is a very busy and crowded affair its a good job they don’t all arrive at once!!
David Guest from Cheltenham
- Who say's Breakfast in his garden would be 'sPECKtacular'
- who say's I can't think of a better way to start my working day by getting up early on a beautiful morning to witness the action unfold in our garden it's not a big space but we make up for it by having feeders all over the place this makes for a lovely chorus and hectic toing and froing with flashes of colour by all the different species, it's very addictive waiting for our usual diners to turn up and not knowing what will arrive next, when the rest of the family gets up even my three year old daughter gets in on the action excitingly pointing out Robins, Blackbirds and Blue Tits, it's a shame I've got to go to work It would be very easy to sit there all day!
Lester Bradley from Waltham
- who say's It is a delight to watch the birds darting back and forth through the hedge at the back of our garden whilst eating our breakfast every morning. Whilst we have our usual breakfast of either cereal, porridge or muffins the birds enjoy a breakfast feast of Haiths Huskfree Advance with Mealworms, robin seed, suet and mealworms, fat balls and fresh water and a nice bird bath. We regularly see Blackbirds with their young, Robins, Blue tits, Sparrows, Starlings, Pigeons, Doves, Squirrels and the odd Pheasant.
Wendy Searle from S. Devon
- who say's The birds that I share breakfast with are not in my garden but in the middle of my chicken run in my horses' field. The feeders attract a huge number of varieties of garden, field, woodland and farmland birds - including Cirl Buntings! Surrounded by very overexcited ex-battery hens and bantams it is a magical experience and one I never take for granted. It is my favourite place on Earth.
Vicky Fairweather from Norfolk
- who say's breakfast with the birds would see a rowdy family of starlings on the suet feeders while a little bluetit waits patiently for a gap. The wood pigeons are hoovering up the seed, the 9 mallard ducklings snapping at your ankles for some corn, the goldfinches quietly helping themselves to the niger seed at the far end of the garden, and the collared doves and stock doves knock each other off as they all try to get on the bird table at once. The fledgling blackbirds sit on the lawn bemused and wondering when mummy or daddy will drop the next mouthful into their beaks, and the great tits and chaffinches sit in the trees and shout about the commotion!
Gemma Turner from Cambs
- who say's It would like a feathered feeding frenzy- so many different birds eating from our bird table! The robin's shyly eating from seed knocked onto the floor! Then on the bird table we have blackbirds, and collared doves! The blue tits eat from the netted nuts hanging from the table!
- Breakfast with the Birds in my garden would include the blackbirds who are currently incubating their third batch of eggs this year in their nest in the clematis on the back wall of my lounge, and giving me much pleasure in observing them working hard to feed their young day after day.
Malcolm Carrott from Warwick
- who say's Nothing goes to waste in our Breakfast garden as the Wood Pigeons hoover up anything dislodged by the sparrows, blackbirds, robin, or greenfinches.
Michael Rank from London
- who say's Muesli with a sprinkling of nyger seed to keep my feathers fresh.
Kirsteen Mackay from Ross-Shire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would be a very happy occasion because my little children love watching them and giggling at them pecking away at their food.
Jean Williams from Kent
- who say'sMy breakfast with the birds,especially this week is my having to put on a coat and wellies just to go out in the garden! They are then served with a seed mix ,some fat balls and some peanuts. We already have nyjer seed and to our surprise we have an adult pair and two baby goldfinches.We also have a pair of woodpeckers with a baby, so things are breeding well in rainy Kent!
S Sachdev from Leicester
- who say's Breakfast for the birds would look like a menagerie of many types of birds such as Blue Tits, Wrens, Crows, Finches, Robins, Black Birds, Magpies, Sparrow huddling around my Gardman Bird Feeding Station which is newly replenished with an assortment of feed such as fat balls, live mealworms, sunflower hearts and nyger seed. We enjoy the antics of the hierarchy of the birds as some birds scare off other varieties. We also enjoy the sight of attempts made by the local squirrels attempting to scale the feeder station but mainly failing due to the squirrel baffle. But the best part about breakfast with the birds is during spring when the blue tit parents are feeding their babies in the nest box we have provided for them, these devoted parents visit the bird feeder many times each hour taking live mealworms to support their young. We have many resident birds who have realised they are getting everything they need to survive from out garden and to single one out is Larry the Crow who comes to out home once a week on Wednesday to pick up his weekly treat which is an apple which he swoops down and collects every week at the same time. Listening to the wonderful, unique sounds of all of the birds in the morning who are coming to stock up on food makes my day!
Lillian Allinson from Tyne & Wear
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would see me sitting in a corner watching the Blackbirds and Robins chasing each other for control of the patch, while the Sparrows, Starlings and Tits just get on with the job of eating.
Julie Fox from Somerset
- who say's Breakfast with the birds at my house would be sitting on the decking with the sound of the pond cascade burbling. Sparrows bathing in the cascade. Perhaps a greater spotted woodpecker on the peanuts, with tits, chaffinch and long tailed tits on the feeders and collared doves, robins and pied wagtails on the ground. These might be followed by the starlings including the albino one and the noisy jackdaws. Perfect Bliss!
Alison Bentley from Hexham
- who say's It would be a bit of a marathon with the sparrow clan narrowly gaining gold in front of the silver winning chaffinches. They would be closely followed by an admirable bronze medel performance from the woodpecker family. There would be an excellent turnout by the siskins, blackbirds and goldfinches, and a worthy entry by the yellow hammers...all in all a wonderful event!!
Samantha Meldrum-Lester from Bedfordshire,
- who say's breakfast in my garden is chaos! I don’t have a back garden, so I have feeders in my front garden and to my surprise the birds soon started flocking in to feed. I spend every morning looking out the window and watching the hoards of Starlings fighting over the fat balls, Wood Pigeons bullying the Sparrows away from the seed feeder and not forgetting the Blackbirds having their daily bath before tucking into whatever juicy titbits they can find on the ground. The garden comes alive with sweet birdsong and feathery madness, which makes every morning a blissful experience.
Maria Molly Taylor from Bournemouth
- who say's it would look beautiful, we have sparrows, tits, magpies and wood pigeons visiting our bird table. A few months ago we had a heron land on the fence and look at us through the living room window - that was a bit of a surprise for us!!!! but we'd love to see more birds.
Claire Woodhams from Hampshire
- who say's Breakfast in our garden has the tame robin on the back of my chair waiting for his meal worms, the gregarious starling family splashing about in the birdbath together before they squabble on the bird table, the blue tits swooping down to get their share of the breakfast, the female blackbird looking at me for more raisins to be put down and the bully of a wood pigeon who decides he is going to stand in the middle of the seed tray and try and scoff the lot!
Mrs Earp from Lancs
- who say's Breakfast with the Birds would look a bit busy in our tiny garden - Blue Tits that have just fledged, a tiny wren amongst the shrubs, Blackbirds, having woken us up bright and early,enjoying the mealworms, a Robin enjoying the suet pellets, Goldfinches on the niger feeders, Collard doves strutting their stuff, squawking starlings and a Wood pigeon. Hardly any room for us!
Andrew Page from Essex
- who say's Full english for me whilst looking through the patio doors at my regulars the Goldfinch, House Sparrows, Robin a Blue Tit and those pesky Feral Pigeons. Maybe a new visitor on the day?
Jayne Kohli from Cambridgeshire
- who say's It would look quite varied, but with the male blackbirds squabbling over territory rather than tucking in!
Paula Horsfield from York
- who say's Most mornings, a male blackbird comes for his raisins. He stands on the storage bin outside the back door and looks at us with his beady eye, then he very determinedly and slowly opens and shuts his beak until we open the door. He then flies away a few feet, waits till the fruit has been put on the bin then comes down and takes some. He then goes onto the lawn where there is some ‘songster food’ awaiting him and his friends. When he is feeding young, he will sometimes be very brave and take fruit from my hand. The small birds, meanwhile are gathering around the feeder which is full of feeder seed. Breakfast with the birds in our garden is a gathering of friends.
iain maciver from Stornaway
- who say's A scramble for all the deicious haiths products.
Rebecca Goh from Dorset
- who say's Breakfast in my garden would be busy and bustling, with much flapping and fussing, and seeds going in all directions. And a tiny shrew sneaking out to steal the odd sunflower seed.
Lynne Ducker from Chester
- who say's I like nothing more than to have breakfast in the garden with the birds after a night shift. I refill the feeders and sit quietly with a cup of tea and wait. It can be anything from a family of starlings fighting who gets a go first our a brave blue tit. But it will always end up with a couple of pigeons winning.
Maya Russell from Berkshire
- who say's We would sit outside in the wonderfully warm sunshine with mugs of hot coffee and croissants to hand. The birds (robins, blue tits, and dunnocks, in the main) would join us, happily taking seed from the bird feeder, fat from the fat balls and the rather plump pigeons would shovel up any dropped breakfast seed. If we were lucky, a family of beautiful, chattering long-tailed tits would make their way down and join in the fun. We might throw the braver robins a crumb or two.
Bradley Roberts from Grimsby
- who say's A colourful mass of greenfinches, goldfinches, tits, starlings and blackbirds - not forgetting those sparrows and wood pigeons - all gorging on the best birdfood in the country. What a sight.
Jo Taylor from Buckingham
- who say's Breakfast with the birds would look like me standing in the kitchen with my bowl of porridge doing my best not to move too much and scare off the bluetite at the nuts and the sparrows after the seed in the feeders. There would be blackbirds and pigeons making the most of what had fallen onto the ground. A robin would be watching from the trees hoping to join in when the scramle for breakfast had died down a little.
Jodi Ruben from Mansfield
- who say's Breakfast with the birds here is very noisy. We have a resident flock of sparrows who roost in our hedge. The local starling flock has also discovered our garden and posts a scout to tell them when the seed & fat ball feeders have been filled. Both are ready to descend as soon as it starts to get light. We have regular blackbirds who come in with their new brood for early breakfast. We also have collared doves & woodpigeon & jackdaws who use the bird table. We put food under the hedge for the wren & dunnock. Our favourite are the visiting robins who love the mealworms or suet pellets. I sit & watch through the window while I have my breakfast cuppa.
Leisa Milne from Bedfordshire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds is a bit ‘quackers’ round our house. A female duck comes and knocks on the patio doors with her beak in the morning to let us know that she’s here and ready for some breakfast. We then also fill up the seed feeders, peanuts and fat balls for the rest of the spoilt army of birds that descend upon us…and not forgetting a peanut for the tame squirrel too!
- who say's We would enjoy the company of our many bird and mammal friends if we get up early enough! Black birds ,Robins, Chaffinches ,Goldfinches, Sparrows, Blue tits, Great Tits, a Cuckoo, Jackdaws, Crows,Wrens,Great spotted woodpeckers, Starlings, Woodpidgeons, Collared doves. Badgers and babies which we feed regularly, hence we have a large peanut bill often!! and our friends Squirrels and Foxes. What lucky people we are to share our lives with them!!
Joanne Beale from Bristol
- who say's A feast - as I get green finches, gold finches, blue tits, coal tits, robins, dunnocks, wrens, blackbirds and pigeons.
Helen Fuller from Cheshire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would be a rare thing this year - given the atrocious weather! But on the odd nice day - we have loads of birds visiting the feeders placed throughout the garden.
Tunde Toth from Birmingham
- who say's I would just sit quietly on the grass and sipping my coffee while counting the robins and goldfinches...
Rosemary Rowley from Cheshire
- who say's We have breakfast with the birds every day, as our bird feeders hang from the pergola only six feet from our kitchen window. Our regular visitors include greenfinches, chaffinches, goldfinches and bright pink bullfinches, with coal tits, blue tits and great tits and, in the winter, long-tailed tits. On the ground, cleaning up any dropped seeds, are blackbirds, robins, dunnocks and woodpigeons – although the robins and blackbirds sometimes take seed from the feeders if the other birds haven’t dropped enough! The stars of the show are a great spotted woodpecker, which occasionally puts in an appearance, and a sparrowhawk, which sometimes swoops through the garden scattering the smaller birds in all directions.
Mark Braham from Pontefract
- who say's if the starlings arrived it would be mayhem, especially if i have put mealworms out.
Jen & Robert Jenkins from Norfolk
- who say's Blackbirds feeding their young Starlings teaching their youngsters the ropes Pidgeons, Collared Doves, Sparrows devouring the fat balls, Chaffinches competing for the niger seed, the occasional seagull, Jay, green woodpecker and one of the tit family and a little ranny picking up the litter from under the bird table!! and for the midnight feast – a string of hedgehogs eating the dried mealworms that we put out for them. All this in a garden in the middle of a housing estate – our heaven amongst the concrete and brick.
Ann Willers from Middlesbrough
- who say's Lots of different types of feeders, some at ground level, some in the trees, some around bird table. Mixture of commercial and home made bird feeds. Clean fresh water in bird bath, apples on the apple ring.
Glyn Holt from Herts
- who say's Breakfast with the birds involves us sitting in the front garden watching the birds come and go from the bird table and bird bath.
Jeanette Flewette from Cheshire
- who say's Breakfast in our garden looks like the Tiki room.
Ann Williams from Oxfordshire
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in our garden would be dominated by the sparrows who squabble daily in our gutters and in the garden below. Once they realised there was food the starlings would pile in, scattering sparrows in all directions but if the robin were to arrive these bullies would slink off pretty sharpish. The robin may even hop onto the table if we stayed still for a while.Overhead, though not joining the feast, swifts would come shrieking in to their nest in the eaves and if we were enjoying a leisurely late breakfast we may even see the red kites quartering the sky above our garden and the farmyard beyond. Blue tits, great tits and occasional long-tailed tits may be seen on the feeders and the blackbird is likely to be around searching out worms and other tit-bits in beneath the shrubs. All this in a garden less than forty foot wide and thirty deep at its widest point.
Allan Dixon from Morpeth
- who say's Wonderful it would make me feel very chirpy in the morning.
Edward Kats from Dorset
- who say's Breakfast with the birds in my garden would be like the OlymPecks. I would be sunning myself going for the bronze(d) look,whilst the Magpies steal the Silver and the GOLD-finches,as always, would be first to the “line”.
Amreena R Islam from Basingstoke
- who say's Breakfast starts very early in the garden so the feeders/ tables need to be filled everyday at dusk. A huge number of Sparrows visit along with their young and attack the peanut and seed feeders. A pair of Collared Doves and around 4 to 5 Wood Pigeons enjoy to peck on the seed mix on the table. The female Blackbird finds a way to get to the hanging suet bar. The Blue Tits flock on the Nijer seed. The Wren hops around on the back garden deck. The Robin decides to be independent and actively seek out tiny ants from under a rotten wood. The Magpie sits on the pear tree and calls out before picking up a few suet pellets on his/her beak. The Starlings take a good look at the buffet before heading towards the suet bar. By mid day this great event is over and the garden is left with almost empty feeders/ tables.
Jen Schofield from Lancashire
- who say's Breakfast with the Birds would see our family gathering around the window right next to our rustic bird table. My dad would be armed with his camera as my mum sneakily puts out Haith's seeds accompanied by fat pots made in yogurt pots. Whilst we eat our toast and cereal, we can rest in the knowledge that the birds of our garden are getting fed too. All this whilst my Dad happily snaps away - anything to keep him quiet!
Emma Furniss from Gloucester
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