This weekend was the RSPB’s big garden bird watch – a survey of garden birds in the UK. In honour of that event we are focusing on feeding the birds this week as our exploring outdoors activity.
My parents both love bird watching and as a child my brother and myself were members of YOC (Young Ornithologists Club – it was part of the RSPB) and regularly visited bird reserves around the country. Part of that must have rubbed off on me as when we got our garden one of the first things we did was put up bird feeders and when asked what we would like as a gift one year I quickly said bird boxes for the garden.
So J and T are getting immersion in nature from the house and in the garden on a daily basis. I decided to do something that I remember from my childhood and we made some bird food from the fat left over from cooking, bird seeds and some lard to put out in the garden.
So that is what we have done this week.
We went out in the garden on a lovely sunny but very very cold day and wrapped up warm (still none of the fluffy white stuff but lots of ice in puddles and frost) and made some bird feeders. Since Christmas I have been collecting any fact from cooking in a pot in the kitchen for just this purpose and today emptied it into a bowl. I added some bird seed (which was the main reason we did this out in the garden) and some more lard as we don’t tend to have a lot of fat from our cooking.
J then mixed them together with the bird seed flying everywhere and with a lot of help from me as it’s quite tough mixing lard and seed together. We then got our hands greasy and moulded the seed into some balls and filled up a bird feeder from last year that had fat mix in it again with our mix and put them out around the garden.
As well as making the bird food it also have J and T an excellent opportunity to get some winter sunshine essential for vitamin D and they had fun as well.
Our book link this week is one of the first Non-Fiction books that we have looked at with Jake in picture book format Go Facts Seasons Winter – yes he has some as board books but as he loves books so much this one from the library looked excellent especially with the parts about Winter Animals. He was intrigued by a Non-fiction book and loved looking at the picture and pointing at different objects in them – he also loves numbers and where ever there was number on the page in the text he would point at it and tell me what it was (he recognises number 0 – 9 although I have no idea how as we don’t do numbers or letters at any point!).