Monday, 7 December 2015
Feed the birds tuppence a time
As the song goes & I wish it was only a tuppence as it costs a blinking fortune. Not that I begrudge it too much it would be nice if the birds could repay the favour & eat all the caterpillars from the red current/gooseberry bushes during the summer!
Joking aside it is very important to feed the birds at this time of year & we actually keep our feeders topped up all year round.
In the winter we put out fat balls & in late spring & during summer we put out live food instead. We always only use sunflower hearts & have recently bought a meal worm feeder which has proved to be a huge success.
We have three sunflower heart feeders, one fat ball feeder & one meal worm feeder & at this time of year we have to refill them every day.
We are very lucky where we live to be surrounded by fields & hedges, there are also pockets of the old woods. This means there are an awful lot of birds to feed.
To help to keep costs down we buy the large sacks of sunflower hearts & keep them in a special container in the kitchen. Each time the container is opened a little hound comes along for a sniff. Rocky hound adores sunflower hearts & he is allowed a little sprinkle. The vet remarked at his last check up how wonderfully glossy his coat was - we know why now!
Harry also likes to do his bit & throws his apple cores & wrinkly grapes on to the veg plot for the blackbirds & thrushes, while I do moan about my lack of weeding the veg plot I have seen the sparrows pick among the weeds which I suppose is keeping them down a bit.
P.S grapes are dangerous for little doggies big ones too but as the veg plot is fenced off to stop a pesky little JRT he can't get to them before the birds do. Take care all xx