11 April 2013

Wild Life Menu

With the weather not knowing the difference between winter and spring is it any wonder the birds and other wildlife have become regular visitors to our gardens?  Pandering to their needs has become a full time occupation, or so I tell the bank manager, but it has been worth it to see new varieties of birds coming to the garden. 

Birds that hitherto were thought extinct have appeared. Greenfinches, for example. How delighted I was to see two of them on the bird feeders, especially when I knew there was a disease that had threatened them with extinction. Then there were the occasional visits by the jay, pairs of bullfinches and nuthatches, a goldfinch, and a tiny goldcrest who, together with some long tailed tits, spent a lot of his time foraging in the cedar tree. At one time chaffinches were rarely seen but this year two of them visited on a daily basis and have now been joined by two more. There are others, of course, the blue tits who occupy the nesting box near the house, the wren, dunnocks, great tits, coal tits, robins, blackbirds, woodpigeons and magpies, and probably many more unseen.  Apart from the woodpigeons (dirty creatures) it has been a delight to watch the birds from my window.

It was claimed by Joe, the man-with-the-money, that news had circulated that only the best bird food was served at our address; however just in case some birds were not privy to this information I’ve drafted the following notice to pin on the nearest tree. The question is: should I duplicate it in order to extend my clientèle?

(open all hours)

Noted for high quality food
and excellent 24 hour service.
Mixed seed to suit all tastes
Meal worm, when available
Prepared suet concoctions
Fat and seed cake
Fresh fruit during winter season
Fresh water daily

Accommodation and bathing facilities provided


  1. I didn't read your notice out loud in case our garden birds heard it and deserted us!! ;)

  2. haha you just might be over run if you do that...just my wouldnt it be lovely to hear? smiles. i can hear the birds outside waking up right now...smiles.

  3. Hahahaha....we have the same diligence here. And I remember scoffing at the step mom who fed and watched birdies.
    I've now decided she was a very smart woman.

  4. I think the birds will be on TWITTER so look out for their TWEETS!!!

  5. Sounds delightful. We have squirrels (tenacious little critters), mosquitoes and flies. haha! We do have some nice birds around, when the dogs aren't scaring them off. Maybe I'll get a feeder and see what comes.

  6. Ha! Love your sign. No wonder you're getting such a variety of birds visiting your yard!!

  7. Very clever, Val. I liked Akelamalu's response too. (Since I'm here without the cowboy hat I'll bite my lip and say nothing about cold weather and blue tits.)

  8. OMG...what a DELIGHTFUL and CHARMING post, Valerie!!!


    You are sooooooo clever!!!

    And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Joseph's comment!


    Thanks for sharing, dear lady! It put a HUGE smile on face this morning!


  9. Mel, your step-mom was definitely a smart woman.

    Brian, you're right... bird song is wonderful to hear.

    Joe, oh very

  10. Crystal Chick. I keep trying to defy the squirrels. I get sooo annoyed when they take the bird

    Mona, oh ... so that's why they

  11. Hi there Mr.V. Great to see you here again. We have all missed you. What's in place of the cowboy hat ... a wig? lololol.

  12. Hi Ron, thank you, thank you. I know someone else who is smiling... since reading your compliment. I'm pleased to know I put an early smile on your face.

  13. I need to make that sign for my house. We have a new bird house to put up as well.

  14. "What's in place of the cowboy hat ... a wig?"


  15. Mum's the word, Mr V, or should I say JJ ;0)

  16. BC, you can borrow mine if you

  17. Oh My .. you have the best assortment of birds.... love it !!
    Maybe its the feeders are full because the birds have all moved on . Just an occasional squirrel.

  18. Great post! I don't think birds can read, but I'm certain they'll get the gist of your message and come swooping in to enjoy the feast and provide you with a beautiful song to serve as a backdrop to an equally beautiful day.

  19. Herman, we haven't had a beautiful day for ages, but the birds do their best to cheer me up.

  20. What songs you must hear around you! If you understood bird-speak, I wonder what stories the birds would be telling.

  21. Love hearing about the Wildlife Restaurant. We tried it once to open a restaurant once in our backyard but the squirrels moved in and eventually destroyed the cushions on Mrs. Shife's garden furniture. Have a great weekend, Val.

  22. Susan, it's probably better not to know what they saying ;o}

  23. Lucky birds. I think your idea is delightful!


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