Maybe when feeding birds we ignore one brillianc basic food larder that some birds can use –
OUR OWN GARDEN LAWN
A lawn, even a really small lawn can be important to birds
Dunnocks, finches and sparrows can take seeds from a lawn
Blackbirds, thrushes and robins can hunt for worms, insect larvae and pupae.
Worms on the lawn could give breakfast, dinner and tea to a hungry bird.
As well as giving a good meal to birds worms are brilliant little creatures because as they burrow they help drain and aerate the grass roots.
When it’s really dry the ground can get so hard it makes it difficult for birds to feed. We sometimes recycle our house water from the sink and throw it on a patch of grass. This, of course, makes the ground softer and brings worms to the surface. Also it doesn’t cost anything to do.
Mother nature is feeding the birds and it is not costing me a penny.
I was a bit late putting out the bird food this morning. The grated cheese goes down well with the blackbirds.
I was putting the food out. Most of the birds flew away, but one blackird kept perched on the fence really close to me.
I looked straight at the blackbird and realised I was missing a good photo opportunity.
“Where’s my camera?”
“Where’s my camera” I asked the blackbird
The blackbird kept looking at me
“Where’s my camera when I need it?
A robin appeare and perched close to the blackbird. If it had been Christmas it would have been a Christmas Card moment. The blackbird was sitting still on the fence, but the robin with a lovely red breast was hopping on the fence.
“Serves you right for NOT putting out our bird food early enough. We are both starving. No time for photo opportunities now – it’s cheese time.”
So I put out the bird food and left.
The same thing happened to me a few months ago. But I can’t carry my camera with me every time I put some bird food out.