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