Feeding the birds, with a tip

For a couple of years I never had much luck with feeding the birds. I tried peanuts, fat balls and hanging seeders (as shown on the right) but the food always went bad before it all got eaten. My neighbour behind me had better luck with plenty of birds visiting. So eventually I gave up as they obviously prefered my neighbour’s set up and put mine away. With the consolation that at least I could watch the birds in her garden from my work room upstairs!

Sparrow at a bird feeder

This year however it looked like there were no longer bird feeders in my neighbour’s garden. I decided to try again with a tray for bird seed instead, as it’s easier to clean and a friend said she finds birds do dislike some styles of feeders.

Wow, the difference that has made, despite subsequently discovering my neighbours bird feeders had just been moved and were lower down. I now have sparrows feeding daily with up to 14 at a time plus bluetits and guess what? They do now feed off the hanging feeder when there is no room on the seed tray!

So if you’ve not had much joy feeding the birds, try a tray but do keep it out of reach of cats. Please leave a comment if you have any other tips for readers.

I’ll leave you with a selection of bird artwork, all available in my shop.


Two hand painted kingfisher candle holders with a crackle glaze
Hand painted glass bowl with a puffin in flight and a puffin on a rock
Glass with original parrot glass painting
Tawny owl keyring and fridge magnet gift set
Glass Christmas candle holder hand painted with a robin and holly
Duck glass painting
Barn Owl coaster with artwork of an owl perched and anotehr barn owl flying off in the distance
Owl coaster with an Autumn tree illustration
Kingfisher greeting card with a kingfisher in flight. Photographed with the back page too
Peacock bud vase photographed on a peacock coaster
Hummingbird card with a hummingbird and flowers illustration
Greeting card with an owl flying at sunrise
Square greeting card with sunflowers and a Blue Tit illustration
Swan greeting card with a green border and sunlight effect
Hand painted vase with puffins on a cliff