LOOK AT THESE CLEVER BIRDS
We live on the main street through the town of Tararua, but still manage to feed our native birds who come into our garden, plus all the other birds that come onto the property. Each day they get fed with bird seed, sugar water and fruit.
Over the years, we have noticed fewer blackbirds and thrushes. The wax-eyes, sparrows, starlings and yellow finches are all here, and their numbers are OK at the moment. We do have strawberries, blueberries and other vine berries, plums and pears which we do not mind sharing with the birds. There is plenty for all, and it’s great to see the different species of birds.
I hope other people feel the same as we do and let the birds share some fruit and berries. After all, they do a service for us in the garden by eating the slugs, and visiting the fruit tree blossom.
This year, our mandarin fruit tree has so much fruit, and the wax-eyes and tūī are getting the sweet juice by making holes in the skin. I have never seen this happen before... what clever birds. Carol MacLean Walker, TARARUA