Saturday, 7 February 2015

Our Daily Visitors


Our regular morning visitor the friendly hen pheasant.


We place three heaps of cous cous around the garden for those birds who are ground feeders, for their anatomy is such that they are unable feed from the hanging feeders. These birds are the Robin, Thrush, Blackbird and Pheasant.

To prepare the cous cous we put a small amount dried grain into a bowl, pour on hot water and let it stand until it has swollen up. 
Excess water is then strained off with the whole process taking about 5 minutes. 

The cous cous is left to stand until cool before putting it out for the birds.
Mrs H gets great pleasure from putting out this feed as she is eagerly awaited by the robins and a blackbird who follows her around the garden.




10 comments:

  1. Well hello there, little pheasant! Enjoy your special treat. (And good Saturday to you Heron and J too!)

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    1. Pleased to meet you too :) the humans are looking after me really well.

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  2. I had never thought of doing this - have some in the food cupboard so shall try it tomorrow - might stop the blackies stealing the meal worms we put out for the tits.

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    1. Great stuff Pat and by the way pheasants are scavengers they will eat almost any type of vegetable.

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  3. With the exception of the alligator we feed everything that comes in the yard.

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    1. What no nicely cooked pork chops for the alligator :)

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    1. Hello John good to hear from you.
      Well, actually no not fattening her up at all, merely helping her to stay alive for the breeding season.
      We used to have a cock pheasant visiting us daily for about 18 months, but I think the hunters shot him this winter - damn them!

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  5. I had never thought of cous cous, great idea. I feed all the birds round here during the winter months but the smaller birds have to get in quick before the sea gulls descend! X

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    1. Thanks Fran, it was Mrs H's idea to use cous cous when we were short of nuts.

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