Thursday, 1 August 2013

Day 31 What I See Out A Window


  One of our favourite pastimes is to watch the birds on our feeder out of the window!


We are very fortunate to live in an area near plenty of trees and little paths. This allows my daughter to get an up close experience with plenty of wildlife. Just today we were exploring ladybirds, ants and butterflies all within a small distance. Her favourite thing is to watch the birds who visit our garden from the window.

Birds can be enticed into the garden by hanging feeders filled with fat balls, seed or nuts depending on which birds you would like to see. With our fat balls we have beckoned robins, great tits and blue tits to the front garden. We also have a resident robin in the back garden and starlings, magpies and a pair of blackbirds who visit purely for the bugs in the garden. The plan is to put a bird table in both gardens at some point too!

Our daughter loves seeing the birds and will often sit watching them and talking to them through the windows! She already can spot a robin and will tell me when our resident one is in the garden finding a perch on our flower pots or garden chairs!! It is a great way for children to learn about looking after the birds we have visit our garden. She helps me fill the bird feeders and with the hot weather recently, has been filling a little flower pot stand with water for the birds to drink and bathe in.

Older children may enjoy making bird feeders by themselves, here are a few recipes :

http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/makeanddo/activities/birdcake.aspx

http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/why-not-make-your-own-fat-balls-for-the-birds-357/

http://ukhandmade.co.uk/content/home-garden-feed-birds

http://thewildsideblog.com/diy-bird-feeders-easy-cheap-and-fun-for-kids-adults/

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