For the birds

CO­ME­DIAN DAVID SMIEDT TAKES AN IRREVERENT BUT APPRECIATIVE LOOK AT THE CLAS­SIC THINGS THAT DE­FINE YOU-BEAUT AUSSIE LIFE

Home Beautiful - - LAST WORD - IL­LUS­TRA­TION

If we were hous­ing, wash­ing and quench­ing their thirst, might as well give ’em a feed too, right? There were a bunch of ways to go here, but the most com­mon was the seed cone. You could buy fancy stand­alone feed­ers that re­quired top­ping up from a bag that was in­vari­ably stored in the garage and in­vited in ev­ery ro­dent within ‘cooee’ for a sun­flower and mil­let de­gus­ta­tion. Or you could just pop the in­ge­nious hook that was at­tached to each cone over an ac­com­mo­dat­ing limb and watch the frenzy un­fold. The aim of all this, of course, was to en­cour­age visi­tors. But, it turns out, only cer­tain va­ri­eties. Bird seed man­u­fac­tur­ers twigged to this su­per quickly, with brands mixed for the par­tic­u­lar tastes of colour­ful

MATT COSGROVE

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