It’s 6am and have just put some grated cheese out on the ground and on the ground feeder.  I’ve found if I put the cheese and a bit of bird food out early then the only birds that appear are the blackbirds followed by thrushes.

If I put the cheese out later in a morning we get  quite a few pigeons, starlings and crows getting the cheese. 

I find the cheese goes nearly as soon as I put it out.  The blackbirds appear from all over the place.  They usually hop swftly towards the food as soon as I put it in the garden., with the thrushes joining in.

The blackbirds often come quite close to me as they perch on the fence – I think the prospect of a bit of cheese makes them brave.  I can see the brightness of the feathers as we look at each other for a second.

A robin has just hopped onto the empty birdtable.

There isn’t any activity as the nest boxes yet.  There is still a quietness in the garden.

There  is frost about this morning.  The grass is covered with f rost and the water bowl is frozen but I think the sun will soon be out and the frost will disappear. 

Time for breakfast before I fill up the birdtable


  1. Shell

    Our birds love cheese too. It was quite interesting seeing a female Wagtail keep returning for a bite in the cold winter months. The male one wasn’t so interested but it was the first thing the female one went to feed on.

  2. Trish Post author

    Hi Shell, I love the way you say ‘our birds’. It’s true the same birds come back day after day and I’m sure they know us. They would not be so confident around us if they did not trust us a litte.

    A wagtail eating cheese. That would have been interesting to watch. It is the same here – the blackbirds go to the cheese first. They zip around and certainly know what they are looking for. Trisha

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