Last winter, I thought it would be nice to put out some bird feed on the balcony. Wanted to buy a conventional nut feeder, but the only options then, as now, were one small nut feeder and about a decade’s worth of nuts.
As it was just a trial idea, I brought a fat and peanut “blob” instead and put that out on the balcony.
There it lingered untouched for ages. I was glad I hadn’t invested in the huge sack of nuts!
Only a few months ago, something changed as the local wagtails discovered the feed and promptly devoured it. Then the pigeons discovered the feed and like vermin overran the place, which was a bit of a problem.
Noticing however, that pigeons seem to be limited to horizontal feeding (evolutionary failure), I was able to move the bird feed to a new location that is ideal for everyone except the pigeons.
Recently, the Blue Tits also discovered the bird feed, and I added a more conventional plastic feeder to the growing array of options on the balcony.
As a bit of cheap entertainment, seeing the birds arrive, take a nibble then fly off is quite nice.
However, some of the pigeons have learnt to hover in mid air by this and take nibbles from the nut feeder. Give it a hundred years, and London will be famous for its giant grey hummingbirds – all because of a trick learnt on my balcony!
This morning though – the balcony is overrun by a flock of starlings who are causing quite a considerable commotion out there with their chatter, fights and and general yobbish behaviour.
If it becomes a regular thing might have to rethink the bird feeding though – as those nut balls can work out quite expensive if I am replacing them every couple of days.
Sorry about the filthy windows – I was going to clean them this weekend, but was feeling a bit lazy and it was cold outside. Honest!
Currently hunting for a bird box that is either designed to be mounted onto a window so we can see inside it from the warmth of the flat, or with a webcam that can connect to the internet. Might have babies in the spring!