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As our cities and towns sprawl further into the surrounding countryside, the number of birds the average person gets to see each day becomes less and less. Native birds just cant survive in the cities where their natural food supply has been removed and the ground that supplies so many species of grubs and bugs has been covered with buildings and concrete.
More and more people are discovering the delight of feeding and watching the birds in their garden. It is a past time shared by all ages, especially the young and the old. By supplementing the birds diet with extra food, we are in effect, able to maintain the bird population in our gardens.
In New Zealand we are able to purchase bird feeders from the supermarkets mainly containing fat or suet and bird seed. The sliver-eyes, black birds, starlings, chaffinch, and green finch simply love this treat during the winter months. I have included a recipe I found on the internet below. We now have 60 – 80 little Silver-eyes that wait in the trees for the bird feeder to be put out in the early morning. I spend many hours watching them, they are such delightful little birds. Bird feeder suspended in our cherry blossom tree. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 June 2011 Southland New Zealand
Featured 12th June 2011
Bird Feeder: The birds in your garden will love this tasty snack.
1-2 cups of fat
Stale bread or biscuits or bird seed
1. Place the fat, honey and bacon scraps in a bowl.
2. Stand the bowl in hot water.
3. When the fat begins to melt add the bread, biscuits or bird seed.
4. Stir the mixture and form into a ball.
5. Press into a small container and leave to cool and set.
6. Tip out into a net bag (the sort you buy mandarins or onions in is good)
7. Hang the bird pudding near your bird table for birds to eat, away from cats.
Be patient – it can take a while for birds to get used to feeding. Keep the food topped up regularly in winter and early spring – birds have enough to eat during other times of the year, but may also appreciate a source of drinking water in a safe place.
The Bird Feeder!