The temperature has started to drop and the bird feeder belonging to the flat underneath has been busy with birds feeding up for the Winter.
A couple of weeks ago a blue tit started pecking at our office window several times a day, most days. We weren’t (and still aren’t) sure why he was doing it, although we did wonder if he might just be hungry.
I bought some fatcake containing meal worms from Sainsburys. I know from watching our neighbour’s feeder that they go bananas for them so it seemed like a good choice. The first day we left food out on the windowsill, something (most likely a magpie) took the whole square of birdcake. There weren’t even any crumbs! Not ideal.
When I was walking around the supermarket I spotted those netted bags used to hold onions that could be upcycled into a feeder. I filled the bag with a piece of food and trapped it in a closed window to stop anything taking the whole thing in one go. It works brilliantly.
This is the blue tit feeding on his birdcake:
Our little friend comes several times a day to feed. Quite often he starts around 6:30-7am and usually has his last feed just before it starts to get dark. This window is frosted so we don’t get a brilliant view but it means he can feed without being scared away by us moving around.
Since putting the first block out we’ve put a feeder on the living room windowsill. This window isn’t frosted which means we get a good view. He seems quite happy here enough though he knows he’s being watched.
So if you live in a flat and want to feed the birds, dangle a bit of fatcake in an onion bag out of your window. I think it would work equally well with larger nuts and seeds.
If anyone knows why this little bird could be pecking at our windows, please drop us a comment below!