Feed the birds
Feed the birds.....
You may remember the first two verses from the song Feed the Birds** from Mary Poppins, sung by Julie Andrews in the film:
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
These days our birds are just as grateful for the food and shelter we give them in the garden or from window feeders
There are lots of benefits for us as well!
The Complete Bird Spotters Kit
So here are some benefits of feeding the birds in your garden:
You can easily order bird feed, bird nesting boxes and bird water baths online at a number of online retailers such as the RSPB's online shop, Garden Wildlife Direct, Garden Bird, and Zooplus (who also cater for pets if you want to combine your shopping).
If you want to feed ducks, please don't give them bread - it isn't good for them. The Canal and River Trust says you can give them corn, left over lettuce, left over rice, seeds, frozen peas and sweetcorn (defrost them first), Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats
Just starting out with bird feeding?
There's no need to make all this complicated - you can start with a simple bird feeder and wild bird feed. Fill up your feeder and hang it somewhere cats can't reach it, then wait for the birds to come. You can always get more adventurous later e.g. with coconut halves which the birds in our garden adore - they certainly encouraged the woodpeckers in.
Most bird sites will have advice to help you get started and some also have starter kits, but don't be put off by the range of goods and food on offer. (I can see a couple of magpies hopping round the garden as I type this (it's August).
It all becomes very addictive - I can't wait to see who's visiting the feeders in the garden when I get home! (Yes, we've graduated from one bird feeder to a complete dining station and we're absolutely loving the impact it's having on wildlife.)
Must dash - the feeders are empty again!
Always remember to wash your hands after feeding the birds or cleaning out bird baths and feeders etc.
**Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/