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Nobby



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Cold Bath Reply with quote

I put in a new bird bath last year and connected to a pond pump see http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=7191 .

I have been keeping the pump running during the day to stop the water from freezing over and was surprised at how many birds use it for drinking and bathing even though the temperature at the moment is -8C.

I have my i-Catcher running now as I am doing camera tests so you can see the Bird bath cam by clicking here
http://brettoliver.dyndns.org:8080/index.htm?feed=Bird_Bath&size=0&automode=1

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Kit



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a really nice set-up, Nobby, from what I can see now in the dark.

I was amazed last year, in that freezing weather we had before Christmas, that when I went out with water to replace the solid block in the bird bath, quite a few birds jumped into it as soon as I was on my way back to the house. They must have been desperate to clean their feathers when everything, everywhere, was frozen. The fact that they'll risk getting very cold in order to do it just shows how important a part of their maintenance routine it is.

I'll look forward to seeing some bathing beauties in your new bath tomorrow when it's light! Very Happy

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Nobby



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kit.
I am leaving the camera on tonight on time-lapse to record the snow that is only a few miles away now.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just visited your other posting, seen the set-up in daylight and watched the video of the bathing blackcaps. It's beautiful!

I so wish I could have something like that, but I wouldn't know where to start and 'getting a man in' is out of the question it would cost a fortune to have someone dig up the Staffordshire blue brick yard to run a power cable underneath it, before they even started building the water feature. I have to make do with a plastic bird bath sprayed with bronze paint to make it look like metal...it's a bit pathetic, really! Embarassed Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's snowing heavily here, and has been white over for a couple of hours...yippee!
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Nobby



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been watching it move across from the West on the weather radar. Looks like it will snow for many hours. Smile

http://home.btconnect.com/brettoliver1/smart_TV_rainradar.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flipping Nora...but try looking at the North link. I'm in Nottingham and look what we've got coming!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like we all have a day of fun in the snow tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had just under 7" of snow overnight.

The snow seemed to keep most of the smaller birds away from the bird bath with Blackbirds and Redwings being the main visitors. It can't be the cold keeping them away as it was over 8C warmer today than Saturday.

I wonder if the smaller birds find it harder to feed when there is deep snow on the ground and trees and therefore don't have so much time to bath?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been asleep most of the day, and forgot to look in during daylight! Rolling Eyes

You got more snow than we did there seems to be about 4" here. You may well be right about the smaller birds, in the periods when I have been awake I've noticed that the feeders were particularly busy today with small birds.

I'll try and remember to look in at your camera tomorrow morning before I go to work!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Northampton weve got quiet a bit of snow as well, things are very quite
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have just had a very cold night. My Weather Station recorded -12.4C this morning.


The pond pump for my bird bath started up OK so at least there is some fresh water for the birds.

All my cams also seem OK even if they are a little frosty on the lenses.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, that's chilly!

I actually left my central heating on all night for my cat I've done this a few times just recently. The fact that it's nice and toasty for me when I have to get up in the night is nothing at all to do with it!

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minijoan



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to clear away the snow yesterday morning so I could get to the shed to feed the birds. I had seven blackbirds sitting on the fence waiting for me, they didn't move a muscle just watched while I struggled to de-ice the padlock, then sweep the snow away so I had a bare patch of ground to put down the food. The ground feeding birds must be finding this arctic blast difficult to find food. I am feeding them a mixture of finely cut up brown bread, meal worms, suet, bird seed and saltunas.

The small birds who take food from the hanging feeders are not so brave but soon come back when I go inside. The suet balls and the sun flower hearts are going twice as fast as usual, they seem to have gone off the peanuts but when I checked they had frozen into a solid mass so I shan't put them out until it warms up.

It was so cold this morning the pipework to our downstairs cloakroom froze, it has never happened before and I hope it doesn't happen again, it eventually thawed at 3pm, so tonight I am leaving the central heating on low and blow the cost.
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