Feed the birds …

birdseeddownThis is just the time of year when we ought to think about our feathered friends the most.

We may live in nice warm houses but poor birds are huddled outside somewhere and wondering where their next meal is coming from. Well… not so if you are a bird in a 100-yard radius of my house! We have a weight watchers class for pigeons (who can barely waddle in mid summer), there are polite queues of assorted birds waiting for the fat balls to be renewed and picky birds sifting through the birdseed for their favourite varieties.

We feed the birds all year round. Monday to Friday it’s the task of Dave the ‘goods in and out’ chap to replenish the bird food tree. Yes, a whole tree is devoted to hanging bird seed holders, half coconuts and fat balls and often we scatter more seeds around the base of this long-suffering tree. It’s a weeping pear and quite short so we get a lovely view of the birds indulging themselves!

birdseedhangingYou know I often mention making your cards into small gifts by adding a little something. Well, this House-Mouse card has bird seed added. It’s not difficult – you just design a landscape card and then staple(or glue) the clear bag of bird food in position. I think this would make a lovely little present for an avid bird feeder. It is enjoyable on a slow day to be able to just (in my case) lean on the kitchen worktop and gaze out of the window at the bird canteen!

5 replies
  1. janet says:

    I also have a brid tree -well 2 trees -an apple (mini tree) and a victoria plum. The goldfinches mainly, but siskins and other finches go through niger seeds at a rate of knots and need their feeders refilling twice a day. The collared doves feed on what they drop. The other birds have their choice of various seeds, peanuts, fat blocks and apples hanging, and on the ground there are more seeds (coarser for the pigeons and pheasants mainly)peanuts, fat pellets, mealworms which are also on a table near the house for the wrens and robins, sunflower seeds and more apples and crumbs from all kinds of biscuits and bread. I have a constant stream of all kinds of birds from tiny long-tailed tits to big male pheasants coming and going all day. I also have window feeders on the front windows so no bird ever goes hungry near us!! Visitors sit transfixed at the sheer number of birds we have. I hope everyone feeds their local birds! I also feed hedgehogs in summer and foxes in the woods behind us all year round.

  2. WheelyBad says:

    I have a feeder on an old bush as well as a feeding stand with a selection of feeders. The small songbirds tend to stick to the bush while larger species go for the stand including a gang of a dozen or so young starlings who we affectionately named “the Hooligans” as they swing on the feeders to make the seed spill on the floor, have fights over prime position on the fat block and generally make a racket while they’re doing it! We also put a little seed on the ground under and in front of the hedge for the ground feeders. Trying to time food going out so the smaller birds get there before the pigeons and gulls is like planning a military operation.

    I know it’s good for the birds but it’s good for me too. I get a lot of joy from our feathered friends.

  3. Maria says:

    Thank Joanne for a very interesting newsletter. I too love watching the variety of birds in my garden, but heartbroken every year when cats, jackdaws and crows raid the nests year after year. It’s a wonder we have any garden birds left. Last year I was on ‘ nursery duty’ Mrs Blackbird had a nest right out side my kitchen window, and three fledglings made it!
    I think your Paris card is genius! Look forward to seeing you on the television again soon. Best wishes and thank you for your lovely newsletter every month.

    • Joanna Sheen says:

      Thank you for your message, Maria, and delighted that you enjoy the newsletter. So glad that your baby blackbirds survived! Smiles, Joanna


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