Daily Archives: January 23, 2009

Birds of Australia

I’ve got a bird photograph and a note from Australia about birds.

I’m really chuffed that Andrew, a family friend who lives on the outskirst of Brisbane has taken the time to tell me about the Australian birds and the area where he lives.

From the other side of the world Andrew has joined me on my blog and will share his interest in birds with us.  He’s got a lot of interesting information about the birds he sees and their habitats.

Here in England we are shivering in winter and birds are struggline to survive the short days and cold nights.  At the same moment in time in Australis birds are breeding.

From the other side of the globe to me in Andrew’s own words –

I have just seen some Double Barred Finches and they had a young one with them that had just left the nest.

Double Barred Finch in Australia

Double Barred Finch in Australia

Andrew goes on to say –

There are over 860 species in Australis and there is a large diversity in

  • Climate
  • Vegetation
  • Temperature

For those reasons there is a great deal of variety of birdlife

Within a very short distance of my house there are –

  • Wetlands
  • Beaches
  • Eucalyptus forest
  • Rainforest

So you can imagine the area is a hot spot for bird lovers.

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Thanks Andrew.  All the best. Trisha

There will be some more from Andrew soon and anyone is welcome to contribute to – birds from abroad.

A Duck’s Prayer

Dear God,
give us a flood of water.
Let it rain tomorrow and always.
Give us plenty of little slugs
and other luscious things to eat.
Protect all folk who quack
and everyone who knows how to swim.

THE END

Isn’t that a funny little poem

We have had two ducks visiting the pond every year for ages.

They never seem to raise any ducklings but they are a welcome sight when they arrive.

I found this poem in a children’s book.

It is by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (translated by Rumer Godden)

It reminds me of our two visiting ducks.

Bird Feeding Tips

If you are just starting out bird feeding this information may help you as there are a wide selection of bird seed mixes available to chose from.
Look for mixes with flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granuals.  (Blackbirds love flaked maize) 
You can also buy individual types of bird food –

Whole Peanuts and Peanut Granules
Peanuts are rich in fat and enjoyed by all the tit family, greenfinches, house sparrows, nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers and siskins. 

  • Whole Peanuts It is best to feed whole peanuts a peanut feeder.  Whole peanuts can be put on the birdtable in winter.  Whole peanuts can harm a young fledgling bird so do not feed in Spring and Summer.
  • Crushed Peanut Granules attract robins, dunnocks and even wrens and can safely be put on a bird table.  Crushed peanuts are a favourite on my birdtable  and I know they give an extra energy boost.  For this reason they are a good all round bird food. 

 

Millet

millet for birds

millet for birds

Sparrows, finches and collared doves love millet.  Sparrows can turn the millet to energy very quickly.
It also means that as well as getting millett the sparrows and other birds are getting some fat in the bird food as well

The problem I have with millett is that it is so easily blown away by the wind.  I have solved this problem by melting some lard and pouring that over the millet.  It does not turn it into a fatball, but just coats it and clogs it together a little bit.

Nyger seeds
nyjer seed and black sunflower seeds
 
Nyger Seeds are small and black.  They have a large oil content and are a favourite with goldfinches and siskins. 
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Seed Mixes what to avoid
Avoid seed mixes that split pea beans, dried rice or lentils.  Only the larger birds can eat these, so it’s not worth buying them.
Whatever you do have fun and enjoy bringing birds to your garden.

One of  the most important parts of bird feeding is taking the time to sit and watch them.  In summer sitting in the garden and seeing and hearing them among the hedge is a lovely way to relax.  In winter looking through the window at a  strategically placed bird feeder is a good way to see what type of birds are visiting.

Enjoy bringing birds to your garden.

  

Bird Table New 2009 Calendar

I made a calender from photographs I have taken in and around my garden.

I put it for sale.  Sadly some info and data has been lost by the company that hosts this blog and the information has been lost.  I still have a few calendars though

Here are two of the photos

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If you are interested please drop me a comment

Balcony Birding

There must  be loads of people who don’t have a garden but like birds and wildlife.

This section is for everyone who likes birds but does not have a garden.

I know that if you don’t have a garden it doesn’t mean you can’t get involved with birds and bird life.

I know there are feeders that can be put on windows that would give such a good close up of birds. 

 

There are bird baths that can be hung from walls and bird tables that can be hung on a wall.

There are parks to visit and guided walks to go on.  There are books to read, videos to watch and learn from.  This is for everyone of course.

On this blog I may go on about my bird feeders and my garden, but to me it is the only way I have to feed birds and watch them.  It would be interesting to learn about no-garden bird feeding and watching and learning

Bird feeding Tip

Keeping the bird food inside bird feeders dry when it’s raining is difficult . 

Driving rain can seep into the feeding holes in the bird feeders and clogg up the bird seed.  This makes  it difficult for birds to get at the seed just at a time when they need to get energy quickly.

It’s a messy job trying to get the wet bird food from inside the bird feeders .
I don’t put out all my hanging feeders.  I always keep one hanging feeder as a spare. I also have a very old feeder that I sometimes use as a spare feeder.  I keep them both dry and clean.

This means that when I bring the rain lashed, wet bird feeders in I know I don’t have to try and unclog the wet feed from inside straight away and when they have been cleaned I can leave them to dry naturally.  This really helps me when I’m short of time