At the weekend I also put out a small feeder for mealworms and placed that in the cobnut close to the suet logs and the main seed feeder. A robin was the first to try it in just a matter of minutes, ‘That’s new, I’ll give it a go’. It took a couple of mealworms but then a starling found it and I can almost imagine it saying, ‘Guys over here, that’s new’ and before I knew it, there was a big crowd of starlings and they had emptied the half full feeder inside 15 minutes. The feeder was a free gift at my local garden centre and came with about 50 grams or so of mealworms. A lot was dropped through a bush and they amused themselves for some time eating them up. I know they all have to eat but the reason for putting it out was again for the smaller birds and so for now I have brought it inside, while I think of somewhere more suitable to place it, not that I’m denying the starlings some meal worms, as I scatter some on the ground and in the seed feeder tray, but the smaller birds miss out.
Talking of the starlings, my picture this week is of a small group on my lawn pecking away at various grubs and I am sure they are pleased that there has been at least a small amount of rain. It’s still on the cold side particularly overnight and demand for food generally remains high. A suet log lasts less than a week and a square a similar time.
During the past week I’ve had a couple of new visitors or at least new as far as the past few months are concerned. A pair of goldfinches have visited a couple of times and have been pecking at old seed heads, another reason not to have an immaculately tidy garden! A pair of coal tits have also visited the suet logs so that is nice to see. My other usual visitors included blue tits, a great tit, the crow, a couple of jackdaws, a couple of collared doves, two or three blackbirds, sparrows, robins, dunnocks and of course the feral pigeons have been coming and going.
Written by Margaret Emerson