Young Robin - taken 2009 in back garden - Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


When was the last time you actually watched wildlife in your back garden?

Today? Last week? Can't remember? In today's modern world, we are finding it increasingly difficult to relax and take time out from work or family. This blog is to remind you all of the free entertainment that we can enjoy each and every day - WILDLIFE!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

DIY (bird food style)!

Woke up this morning to about another inch of snow, so much for our plans to go the nearest store to stock up on bird seed! The roads would be a no go!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not lazy and I don't mind walking but the thought of lugging back kilogram bags of peanuts & seed for about 3 miles in freezing cold just doesn't appeal to me so what do we do?

Well, we do what the Brits are best at........ we have to make the best of a bad job (and moan whilst doing it!)

So, after about an hour spent raiding the cupboards, chopping ingredients, melting fat...the kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it!
At least our efforts weren't in vain though and:-
  • The peanut feeder was promptly filled with chopped chestnuts left over from Christmas which the Great Tits enjoyed.
  • The stale bread was soaked in water and mixed with raisins, peanut butter and a bit of seed.
  • The fat was melted down into a bowl and mixed with the last of the seed, raisins & chopped apple and put in the fridge to set.
  • Mince pies were chopped up along with more apple.
  • Another apple was peeled and cored and stuck on top of the feeder pole just to see if anything would try it!
Hmmmm, tasty!

I'm not sure if all of the food put out was good for them but it was better than nothing and birds aren't stupid, if something is bad then they just won't eat it!

We threw everything outside and didn't have to wait long... the Robin was straight down to investigate and promptly chased any Chaffinches & Dunnocks that appeared!
We seem to be inundated with Blackbirds at the moment who of course love the raisins and apple.

Blue Tit looking curiously at the apple!

Great Tit munching on chestnuts

My other half had the brilliant idea of moving the big plant containers further along the garden, this not only left a clear patch of gravel for food to be laid on but also exposed loads of woodlice and grubs for the Robin to feast on. And, true to form, he appeared less than 10 seconds later!

We also put out a few whole chestnuts after we spotted the grey squirrel lurking in the background.

So, all in all I think the birds actually ate better than we did today, wonder what else we can chop up tomorrow........


Warren Baker said...

well done sharon on a good bit of improvisation!

sharon said...

Thanks Warren - I think the birds appreciated it too :-)

JRandSue said...

When I'm out with our Dog,i often leave food in different locations.
Keep up the good work Sharon.

Anonymous said...

Jesus, what do you cook for humans when they come over for dinner!

sharon said...

Nothing nearly as tasty as what the birds get Siobhan!