13 Apr BIRDIE NAM NAM!
This time of year, birds have difficulty finding food and are sooo happy for each contribution. Give them left over bread and overripe fruit instead of throwing it in the bin. Different birds have different tastes, so read more about it if you have wish for someone special on the guest list.
We made our own bird food cake, easy peasy! We took what we had at home, and it turned out like this:
- A packet of coconut fat
- Sunflower seeds (about 1.5 dl)
- Flaxseeds (about 0.5 dl)
- Peanuts (about 1 dl – rinsed from salt first)
- Oatmeal (about 1.5 dl)
- Raisins (about 0.5 dl)
- Rapeseed oil (about 0.5 dl)
Melt the coconut fat on low heat and add seeds, nuts and grains along with raisins and rapeseed oil. Let cool and pour into a mould (whatever shape you have). Attach a string or wire to allow the cake to hang up later. We took the mould of a sponge cake and made one big old party cake. Put it in the fridge or freezer for a while to solidify. Dip it in hot water for a moment if the mould won´t come off.
Keep in mind that mice and squirrels can also take a liking to birds´ food. And that the cat may participate in the feasting a little bit too close…
Birds with different food preferences:
Coconut fat, lard: Great Tit, Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Jay
Sunflower seeds: Great Tit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch
Peanuts: Nuthatch, Tit
Fruits (like apples, pears): Thrush, Waxwing, Starling
Wild bird mix (purchased/readymade): Greenfinch, Tree sparrow, Redpoll, Chaffinch, House sparrow.