We are really lucky to have an abundance of birds in our garden. They’re lovely to watch and hear – and they provide a constant source of moving targets to test my photographic skills on 🙂
The plants are a huge attraction, but I’ve hung several small bird feeders strategically to attract the seed and fruit eaters. The trouble is that the feeders have also been attracting looters.
I thought the main one was inaccessible to rogues until I discovered otherwise this weekend after watching a very nimble rat scale a tree, launch onto the feeder and flee back down the tree in seconds. See if you can spot him making his ascent!
He obviously had his eye on something I bought at the Greyton Saturday market recently – a pinecone filled with peanut butter then rolled in birdseed – but I’ve wised up to Mr Rat and his associates by suspending this from a high branch using very thin wire.
The birds love the pinecone – in fact it’s practically demolished,
Even the Cape Robin has landed on the cone a few times, but seems a lot more comfortable foraging the dregs on the ground.
I may just have to swallow my words and borrow Janie from The Hedgecombers’ recipe for Rodent Pie after all 🙂