Monday, 20 September 2010
I can't accommodate the ground feeding birds like blackbirds as anything I put down will be eaten by the hens, but I'm hoping the blackbirds etc will get some of the "spill" from the feeders, and I can throw a little seed for them in the morning while the hens are otherwise occupied with their scraps!
I remember as a child, my mother would feed the garden sparrows at 4pm every day and the birds would line up on the shed roof and if she was late would even tap on the window! So I'm hoping my ground-feeding birds can learn a similar time-keeping discipline for the morning and arrive in time for "breakfast"!
It has been lovely this summer as the garden has developed more "garden" birds appearing, and of course outside the garden are the field birds (meadow pippits etc), and the shore birds (lapwings, curlews, oystercatchers) and the sea birds. Several broods of swallows have fledged from the barn. So the air around the house has been filled with a variety of bird calls from the different species. It's lovely, just being 100 yards from the shore to hear such variety.
Anyway, back to the bird feeders. The packaging instructions of the bird-feeder said "Site out of range of predators" - Um........
On the plus side Button is a night prowler on the whole, so at least the birds will be free to eat in safety during the day - I hope!