Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post - you ARE a lovely lot!
I mentioned we'd had a pied wagtail visiting that I hadn't managed to capture an image. Well, when I got up this morning it was back again and I grabbed the camera and took these through the bedroom window - I'm frankly amazed they turned out so well.
I love their plumage
as you can see the snow has been melting despite freezing temperatures overnight.
Then I saw a strange bird flitting about...as you can see it was difficult to snap!
it's about the size of a dunnock, but you can just about see a chestnut band that's the base of it's cap. (The orange blob in the crook of the branches is home made bark butter recipe below)
It was almost as vivid as a robins breast. After checking my books I realised it was a female blackcap :o) I've never had one in the garden before...I shall keep my eyes peeled to see if it comes again.
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Then came the accident.
I loved it - but this morning I knocked it off the table (sob)
The shattered remnants. It was not to be :o(
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Recipe for birds 'Bark Butter'.
(I made half this quantity)
2 cups of lard
2 cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) I used smooth
4 cups corn meal / polenta / maize meal (depending on where you are!)
2 cups bird seed/dried mealworms/dried fruit mixture (or any one of them)
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon honey
I just put all the mixture into a BIG bowl and mixed it together wearing gloves by 'squidging' it. It IS VERY STICKY!
The birds love it - especially the starlings (of course!)
I've pushed it into the crooks in the bushes where they meet and into a suet log.
I've stored the remainder in a sealable plastic bag.
I do have a few finds I'll show you in my next post. See you soon!