Tuesday, 2 March 2010

New bird table


When Mr Grumpy had his strokes in June 2007, he was totally paralysed down one side. He has worked and worked on his body to get the movement back and over the last two days he has made this bird table, modelled on one Simon King talked about on a BBC TV nature programme.

Our last bird table lasted all of five days because, as soon as we realised it had become a feeding ground for the local sparrowhawk, Mr G took it down. But this design protects small birds from predation as the sparrowhawk can't swoop in and grab one. I think the fact that he has been able to make it from scratch, sawing all the wood and putting it together, is a tremendous achievement. As soon as I spy any birds using it, I shall put a photo on my Hillingdon Wildlife blog, too.

5 comments:

Teresa Ashby said...

It is indeed a tremendous achievement. Well done Mr Grumpy - I look forward to seeing the birds using it.

hydra said...

Thanks, Teresa! Not a single bird has set a scaly toe on it yet. But I'm still waiting, camera poised...

Jacula said...

It normally takes the birds a while to get used to and trust any new garden structure, Hydra. Our robin, hopping onto the new feeder immediately, is an exception.

Jacula said...

Also, whilst the bird table needs to be free from threat, it should not be too out in the open that there is no cover to fly to or hide in nearby, especially in the case of tits.

hydra said...

A case of tits... is that a new type of bra?