Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bird Watching Weekend

The weekend of the 24th - 25th of January 2015 saw the RSPB  Big Garden Birdwatch weekend.
For one hour thousands of people sat watching thier gardens to discover the wildlife that visit our gardens.
This is a great way if getting the whole family together.
With bird feeders full all we did was sit and wait.
Nana had a great time with this activity. We sent of for a pack a few weeks before.
In previous times I have made bird cakes and suet fat balls for the little critters.
To make a speedy birdcake it's quite simple all you need is a good quality of bird seed, raisins, grated cheese, suet or lard, yogurt pots, string, mixing bowls and a pair of scissors.
Carefully make a small hole in the bottom of a yogurt pot. Thread string through the hole and tie in a knot on the inside. Leave enough string so that you can tie the pot to a tree or your bird table.
Allow the lard to warm up to room temperatures, but don't melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl.
Add the other ingredients to the bowl and mix them together with your finger tips.
Keep adding the seed / raisin  / cheese mixture and squidgy it until the fat holds it together.
Fill your yogurt pots with bird cake mixture and put them in the fridge to set for an hour or so.
Hang your speedy bird cakes from trees or your bird table.
It's a messy job which kids will love.
Great project for the kids at the weekend.
There are other recipes on the RSPB Web site at.

There are many little birds that visit our homes. It's a pleasure to watch them.
We saw many a creature visit our window whilst watching including our own chickens who were wondering what the devil was going on.
We saw a range of birds including blackbirds, wood pigeons, sparrows, a robin,  blue tit, a starling, pheasant  and a buzzard. Not bad going, what a present hour we spent.

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