Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

September 18, 2010

Every bird’s dream

Filed under: September — Hennie van Heerden @ 5:26 pm

Today I made a start with setting up the bird feeding table. Last year I did this for the first time and we had so many feathered guests all winter! This year it’s a bit better thought-over with lots of goodies for all kinds of birds. I even put a bag of fresh acorns in the deep-freeze for the Jays :-).

There are walnuts, chestnuts, corn, berries, seeds, acorns and I’ve bought fat and sunflower seeds to make fat-balls.. Gotta do some real old fashioned home cooking! 🙂 Hans will get some big branches from the forest and cut a few holes in. We’ll dig in the branches upright in the garden and fill the holes with the seed laden fat. Should be nice for Woodpeckers and Nuthatches.

Both Hans and I had stopped at the local animal-food store to get seeds, without realizing the other already did. We both came back with about 20 kg so I guess the birds won’t go hungry around our house next winter. Add to that the fact that we have sown about 6 acres with all kinds of seed bearing plants and even cabbages, and will leave that in the field for the winter, not only the birds, but also roe deer, hares, rabbits etc. should have a very good chance of survival, no matter how difficult winter will become!

One more thing we did is, while pruning shrubs and trees in the forest, make all kinds of heaps from the cut branches, right there in the forest, to provide shelter for hares, rabbits, pheasants and hedgehogs. Also we made a big heap of removed reeds from the big pond in front of our house. The reeds were wet and the effect is that it’s warming up on the inside. Should be a nice home for grass snakes.

Well, I guess we, and the animals that live around our house, are well prepared for winter to come! 🙂



  1. Nice set-up!!

    Comment by Megan Lorenz — September 19, 2010 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  2. […] to the bird feeding table Hans has dug in 2 old tree trunks upright in the garden. Next he got the chainsaw and cut in oval […]

    Pingback by Buffet de Luxe « Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary — October 4, 2010 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  3. That is an amazing thing, almost like a royal treat! Reading all this I wish i were one of those little creatures (in a hope to be “shot” by you :P) xx

    Best wishes

    Comment by Nayana — October 27, 2010 @ 8:10 am | Reply

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