It’s getting colder, the squirrels are hiding conkers in every bit of bare earth they can find, the hedgehogs are fattening up for hibernation, the leaves are turning brown… you get the idea. It’s autumn. Summer is over. I always feel a bit weird at this time of year. It’s sad that summer has finished (and this summer has been particularly good), but there’s something so seductive about the smell of fresh and crisp autumn air first thing in the morning. I love it, plus there’s the excitement of Halloween and an impending little girl’s birthday. Anyway, autumn also reminds me that soon the birds will need feeding to keep them going through the winter. There is some thought that feeding birds though the winter is a bad thing as it moves the breeding season forward into a time when there isn’t enough insects and other food for the chicks to feed on yet. Hopefully my sister Boc will leave a comment here and explain further as she’s a bit of an expert in his area. I’m of the opinion that as long as you continue to feed the birds well into spring, the local birds should be ok. There’s a lot to be gained from attracting birds into your garden, the most important for me is that it teaches Betsy and Arthur about wildlife. Oh, and me. I am terrible at bird identification so it would be fun to learn alongside them.
This feeder is a lovely thing to do alongside any little ones you have with you (idea stolen from one of the crafting tents at the Enfield Town Show).
- An apple
- A stick
- A length of garden twine
- Sunflower seeds
First, tie the twine onto the stick.
Core your apple. If you have an apple corer, use that, it’s heaps easier and safer than jabbing a blunt paring knife into the fruit, which is what I did.
Then poke sunflower seeds into the apple flesh. I found it helps to make little slits with a knife first. You may find that a little mouse has got to the apple before the birds!
Feed the string through the apple and your feeder is ready to hang in the garden.