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porridge oats

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:00

Our garden birds don't seem to eat bananas - but you know you can put the bananas in the freezer (in their skins) and then use them (thaw for an hour) for  banana cake when you have time. 

Or you can peel them, cut them in half and freeze them in a bag and use them to make smoothies.  That way you don't add ice so you get a fruitier smoothie

Leeks

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:52

Save some for me

Lovely leeks!

Apricots and Figs

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:51

I'm from Suffolk - whereabouts (roughly) are you?  If you don't mind my asking

Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:40

Ah, Stotfold - Ma and Pa used to deliver milk from the farm around there many many years ago.  We lived on a farm near Flitwick when I was small

Cutting Back Climbing Honeysuckle

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:31

Looking at it with my specs on I think you're right Fg  - I wish I could zoom in on that pic but I can't enlarge it. 

I agree tidy it up and it'll soon grow again. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:14

That garden's going to be great Beaus   And lots of trees and unspoilt land around so lots of wildlife too

I've just done my Birdwatch - it's the best one I've had since we lived here (ok, it's only 3 years). 

Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:47

Hi Nancy

Whereabouts are you ?  There are several pockets of melanistic grey squirrels in the UK - I've seen them near Woburn in Bedfordshire.

There's interesting information here http://ww2.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/fst/departments/lifesciences/staff/helen_mcrobie.Maincontent.0009.file.tmp/Black%20Squirrels%20Genetics%20and%20Distribution.pdf

and more info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11444893

 

Or are you in an area where there are red squirrels - there are occasionally black ones of those seen.

porridge oats

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:39

Dry porridge oats are fine for birds -  blackbirds love them - after all, grain in the field is dry.  The blackbirds in our garden tuck into them regularly.   Don't put out cooked porridge as it is sticky and will congeal around a bird's beak.

Of course, put out fresh water in a birdbath too.

Lots of info here http://www.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/advice/helpingbirds/feeding/whatfood/

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:09

Clari - thanks

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:08

Dd - is it a green woodpecker?  Usually seen on the ground sticking it's beak into your lawn - it's after the ants http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_green_woodpecker

You'll probably hear it more than you see it - a loud yaffling call. Click on the audio on here http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/g/greenwoodpecker/

There are several around here - they like lawns and we're near a golf course!  We also used to get them at work, each year they'd bring their youngsters to the bird feeders - they love the blocks of fat with insects in.

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