I know we live in the countryside .. but we have all manner of beautiful birds in the garden which I believe is because we put food and water out on a regular basis.
By putting out a little food and water, the birds are more likely to use what limited energy they have at this time of the year to stop off at your place for a feed. So make it easy for them and your garden will be alive with the sounds and movement of wild birds.
We have a male pheasant stop by most mornings to pick up any corn that we’ve dropped on the way to feeding the chickens. He visits most days and I feel privileged he’s chosen our garden to stop off. Mind you he is a little nervous .. and as soon we try to approach him he takes off … straight up and over the hedge into the farmers fields!
Another charming bird is the Robin red breast. If you want him in the garden simply turn over your compost heap from time to time, and I promise you within 15 minutes he’ll be in there with you!
Of course the most important thing you can do is build a simple bird table and put out some regular old wild bird mix. You can pick it pretty much anywhere, but watch out as it can be expensive.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could make your own fat balls. Really easy to make … and cheap! (I’ve included a recipe at the foot of this post)
I know for a fact the birds will be grateful for anything you can put out and who doesn’t like to see our beautiful native birds in the garden?
A simple Fat Cake recipe
You’re going to need:
- 1-2 Packets of Lard.
- A Bag of Wild bird Seed.
- An Apple or English Grapes when they are in season.
- Stout String (candle string is ideal)
- So used yogurt pots.
- Melt the lard in a deep pan, then let it cool slightly before adding the seeds and fruit. A word of caution here, melting lard gets verrrrrrry hot, so keep the heat low and just wait a bit longer for it to melt. Above all stay safe!
- Before the fatty mix starts to set pour it into a mould, not too big (old yogurt pots will do just fine or Yorkshire pudding trays work just as well).
- Before the lard starts to set take a 3-4″ piece of string and drop it into the mix keeping about 2″ outside the mould.
- Leave the moulds to set for a couple of hours and then place in the fridge overnight to set nice and hard.
- The next day remove the fat cake from the mould and tie the string to the hooks around the outside of your new bird table.