Birds at the workplace!

Great tit on feeder

We love birds here at Wildflower Wedding Favours! They cost us a fortune in birdfood but it is so worth every penny spent for the joy it brings!  The office window looks out on to a bird feeding station and we have two other stations dotted around.   It’s so uplifting to watch the antics of the birds whilst we are cutting, packing or filling seed packets – hours of entertainment!  We had a printer engineer in yesterday and he was enthralled watching them, I think they were a bit of a distraction from his work!  These bird feeding stations are not too expensive, ranging from around £19.99 to around £30.  We have leant logs up against one of our feeding stations so the birds can use them as perching posts.

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Blue tits on feeders
Blue tits on feeders
Blue tits and Great tit on feeders
Blue tits and Great tit on feeders

We feed the birds with sunflower seeds and mixes of cereals and seeds which we sprinkle on the ground for the Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Pigeons and Finches.  We used to put out peanuts but found they went mouldy too quick.  At this time of year (January) we are filling up all the feeders every other day (10 feeders!).

Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds

We get a wide range of birds – Greenfinches, Robins (see the little guy below lurking in the background!), Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackcaps, various Finches, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Pigeons, Wrens, Owls.  We love them all!

Finches on birdfeeder
Finches on birdfeeder
Blackbird and pigeon
Blackbird and pigeon
Blackbird
Blackbird
Tit and Green Finch
Tit and Green Finch
Birds on feeders
Birds on feeders

You don’t even need to buy a feeder – just find an old log, drill holes in it and fix some wire to hang the feeders on:

Finches on feeders
Finches on feeders

Or buy single feeders and hang from trees in your garden.

We also had a rare glimpse earlier in the year of a baby pigeon!  We always get pigeons nesting but it is rare to see a baby!  This one had no fear and could be easily approached – I scared him off so that he wouldn’t just sit there and wait for one of the dogs to catch him!

Baby pigeon
Baby pigeon
Birds on feeders
Birds on feeders

It is vital to feed the birds during winter – they need to eat almost constantly to keep their body at optimum temperature and also to build them up ready for nesting season in early spring.  Why not encourage your wedding guests to feed the birds by giving them recycled sunflower seed packet wedding favours – growing the sunflowers and leaving the seedheads on after flowering is over will give the birds a feast in late summer/early autumn!

sunflower seeds wedding favour
Recycled sunflower seeds wedding favour
Recycled sunflower seed packet wedding favour
Recycled sunflower seed packet wedding favour
Yellow sunflower seed packet wedding favour - recycled
Yellow sunflower seed packet wedding favour – recycled

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Birdfood isn’t expensive – go get yourself some feeders and give the birds a helping hand!

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