At Fur2feather, as a family run business, we can relate to our customers and share their wildlife experiences. We have reached out to one of our customers and this is what they had to say about their own wildlife in your garden experience.
Just going to start out by saying I am not a bird enthusiast in any way shape or form, my knowledge of bird species is not very good but in this blog I’m going to talk about how you don’t need to be an enthusiast to appreciate the wildlife and at least know your common local wildlife birds whether you live with a big garden or like me and my wife a new build with a garden no bigger than a match box!
So, go back to beginning of lockdown March 2020. The gardens that come with a new build home are never that good and I never took to our garden and disliked it from the beginning, around May time we decided as we are spending more and more time at home working indoors we needed an escape and looked to re-do the garden, more patio and some decking so essentially felt like another room for us to get away from our “offices”
Once this was done, I became more interested in gardening and making it more tranquil and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of work so, we put in a bird feeder and I fixed a bird house onto the side of the fence in a nice cool out of the sun place, the feeder was placed towards back of the garden in the hope our dogs would not scare them away.
We live next to a 95 acre nature reserve and we always see all sorts of birds flying over back and forth in the mornings, evenings and during the day so we pretty much thought they would definitely land in our garden and use the feed and even make a home in the bird house.
How wrong we were!!
About 4 months went by with not a single peck of the feeder and nothing in the bird house until suddenly a blue tit arrived and pecked at the feeder, he came back following few days then another one showed up – now before this wouldn’t have been something for me to get excited by (normally an Arsenal win would) but I was actually very happy to finally see some birds in our garden using the feeder. We thought because we are in a new build estate and we are on top of each other, that they would not come as too much going on but it proves that patience is key.
Over the past two months we have had many more come; we have seen Blue Tits, Great Tits, Sparrows, Robins, Pied wagtails, Starlings, Magpies and even the odd pigeon. The feeder is regularly topped up and recently we have been making our own “bird cakes” which is very handy to make use of your left over cooking Juices – you simply drain the fat and juices out and add some oats, wild bird seed etc. to it once the juice or fat has set (after a time in the fridge), you can roll into a ball, leave in a tray or repack your half coconut hangers and the birds go crazy for it.
The Blue Tit has really checked our garden out and even flew into the bird box but as of yet, they have not nested, think perhaps we have missed that window. Always next year!
I am keen to learn a bit more now on the birds and find out their nesting dates, perhaps we can share more of our experiences in the months to come!
As the saying goes “if you build it, they will come”