Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Feeding the Birds

Many years ago I tried to set up a bird feeding area in the garden. I even wrote an article about it. In fact, that article became my first ever published piece of work. It was called Birds’ Eye View and was in the August 1999 edition of The Lady magazine. It was a proud moment and a new path for me. It marked the beginning of my transition from a teacher who attended creative writing classes to a writer who does a bit of teaching now and then.

You may have noticed that I said, ‘tried to set up a bird feeding area’. I had to abandon the project because my lovely old cat, Rosie, was far too interested in the birds and my darling dog, Josh, used to eat all the seeds that fell to the ground, but now they’ve gone. For the first time in my life I have no pets and with Rod still in hospital this is not the time to even think about it... but it is the perfect time to resume my bird feeding attempts.

I thought it would take weeks for the birds to notice a new food supply but not a bit of it. With nothing more than a new seed holder and half a coconut of fat/seed mixture the birds are back. I hung the feeders up two days ago and already I’ve seen coal tits, blue tits, dunnocks, sparrows and a robin, not to mention two hefty pigeons who are eating all the seeds that are falling to the ground. I’m enjoying their company. In fact, I may even write another bird feeding article.

There were loads of birds there when I started to take the photo. Really there were!


Rod update: Following a bronchoscopy (camera investigation of the lungs), the doctors have identified a specific flu infection. This is what has been causing the fluid on the lungs and heart and the high temperature. They’ve changed his antibiotics and say that he may be able to come home within the next few days. I must rush off to clean the house!

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful news about Rod and good luck with the bird feeder - I believe you I really do - I know they were just frightened away by the camera!

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  2. My dad had the most amazing luck with bird feeders and birds. Sadly I did not inherit this talent!

    Good to hear they've identified Rod's infection - take care!

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  3. Thanks, Ann. Yes, the birds were camera shy I guess but I can't help wondering what sort of birds you get in an Israeli garden.

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  4. Hi Jemi, it's being consistent with them, I think, and then once you start feeding them you have to keep putting the food out as they grow to rely on the food source.

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  5. Sorry I've not been on your blog for a while and I realise how much I missed it. I'll try and keep up. I loved the post - the birds are such a treat. I had the most perfect robin last weekend just as my cousin ( er, not me, I'm sooo lazy) was planting up my pots with winter pansies. But the robin was an exact Secret Garden robin ( my fave book I was in love with Dickon.)
    Lots of love and good wishes to Rod and I'm still hoping to get up to see you.
    Keep up the blogging, sunshine or rain.

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  6. Hi Miriam. It's lovely to hear from you and no way are you lazy! You were probably writing two novels while your cousin was planting up your pots. (I've got winter cyclamen in mine and I got a gardener to plant them up. How lazy is that?!?)

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  7. My parents have a wonderful bird feeder outside their window. I'd love to have one, but I'm not sure flocking birds would impress my neighbours!


    Good news about Rod!

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  8. Hi Ros, I believe you about the photo!! We get some much pleasure from watching the birds in our garden. Great news about Rod, hope he is home real soon to watch the birds with you. Love Karan X

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  9. oops. I meant to say "so much pleasure" X

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  10. Hi Talli, and thanks but surely your neighbours could enjoy the birds too.

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  11. Hi Karan, he's just arrived home - YAY!! - and so we can indeed start bird watching together.

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  12. Oh, fantastic to hear he's home--whenever my dad's come home from hospital it's been so nice to have something new like that to show him.

    One of the great things about having a bird feeder over the longer term is getting to know the little individuals. My favourite used to be a little sparrow who only liked one particular type of seed. He'd toss all the rest over his shoulder disdainfully!

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  13. Thanks Amie. The birds do have their own little personalities. I know some people who think that sparrows are boring but they're one of my favourites. Mine do that disdainful tossing over the shoulder thing too.

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  14. I have a similar photograph in my album - trying to catch a flock of seagulls - ending up with one wing and loads of white sky!!! Having the company of birds just beyond the window is such a gift. I watch them on the trees from my bedroom - there is something so soothing and mesmerising about their presence. Reading your blog made me think of that song from Mary Poppins - "Feed the birds, tuppence a bag........................." although you wouldn't get much for tuppence these days!!!!
    Enjoy those beautiful birds and enjoy the pleasure and delight of having Rod right back by your side again. Love and hugs x x x

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  15. Oh Rifka! You keep making me sing songs in my head. First High Hopes and now Feed the Birds!! I saw a thrush hopping in the tree near the feeders this morning. It was beautiful.

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