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