Feed the birds

Now that Spring is here, birds are busy. They’re building nests, laying eggs and soon they’ll face the constant demands of squawking babies that are constantly demanding food.

I think I understand how they feel…

Last year, we put up a feeder for the first time and I was amazed at how captivated everyone in the household became by our small, feathered visitors. The (at the time) three-year-old was always the first to spot new birds and soon learned their names.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a balcony, it’s easy enough to put up a feeder. Or you can stick one to your window (this was what we started with).

Not sure what kind of feeder to buy?

Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Coconut shell (photo from RSPB)

These half coconuts are full of fat, nuts and grains. You can hang them on a branch, hook or washing line (just make sure it’s not anywhere the local cats can reach).

If you’d like to turn this into an activity you can find out how to make one with your child here.

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Windows feeder (photo from RSPB)

This kind sticks to your window. You don’t need a garden or a balcony, but you do need to be able to reach it regularly to refill it and wash it. You can put suet balls and sunflower hearts in it (just make sure squirrels can’t reach it).

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Nyjer seed feeder (photo from RSPB)

This kind is especially for goldfinches. Fill with Nyjer seeds to attract these colourful creatures.

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Seed feeder (photo from RSPB)

Fill this one with sunflower seeds which a wide variety of birds like.

And here are some of the beautiful little garden birds you and your toddler might possibly see in Tower Hamlets (especially if you’re near some open green space).

Photos from rspb.org.uk

 

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Proof that robins are bravest

I’ve been reluctant to put up bird feeders in the past because of the presence in our household of an ageing but wiley cat who, after barely moving through winter, comesĀ back to life in Spring at the sound of baby birds tweeting.

But then I saw theseĀ feeders that you attach directly to your window, removing any possibility of the cat being able to intercept any feathered visitors on route. With great excitement, my three-year-old and I attached it to the window, filled it with a bird banquet, and waited…

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