Posted: 25/11/2015 at 00:21
Hi folks - I have just moved and haven't yet got organised with a bird feeding regime but in my previous place I used to buy the Peckish range of birdfood. The favourite of my birdtable clientele was the Nesting & Young Birds variety. The robins loved it and it wasn't padded out with wheat (favoured by the cheaper ranges and usually in the 'Wild Bird Seed' mixes.) These cheaper foods are really only suitable for pigeons - which are a confounded nuisance and about the only species on the increase. Robins, tits etc are not seed eaters so cheap food is not suitable. I make a very popular bird 'cake' which attracts Robins, Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and the usual starlings. Strangely,my previous home wasn't in an area with many sparrows. Recipe: 2 handfuls peanuts and 4-5 slices of (preferably wholemeal) bread - whizzed in a processor or coffee grinder - a good handful mixed birdseed, one handful, sunflower seeds, one handful dried mealworms. Melt approx 1/3 block of Britannia dripping in a saucepan (lard is too soft) and mix in the dry ingredients.This should resemble pastry mix - moist enough to pack into shallow jars (which can be hung up with string) or I also use plastic 1/2 pint beer glasses which I refrigerate then dip in hot water and easily turn the solidified cake out. If you can be bothered you can insert a cardboard disc with a knotted string through it to hang up. This mix is always devoured with relish and attracts just about every species. I make 3-4 and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Incidentally, if you turn out pots and containers for re-filling and find the white Vine Weevil grubs which eat plant roots - robins will go mad for them!