I admit I am very generous when it comes to feeding my garden birds.
It does bring it's rewards as I have seen some wonderful visitors down the years.
50 fat balls last a couple of weeks at least... I bought these at the weekend at B & M for just under £6... my local garden centre has been charging me nearly a tenner... it pays to shop around.
While I was topping up the feeders the House Sparrows where sat in the bushes all around my garden.
Lots of juveniles just waiting for me to go inside.
I used to fill the feeders (they take four fatballs) before I left for work in the morning...
...then return home to find them empty.
I was missing out watching all the birds feeding while I was at work...
...they aren't starving so I have changed my routine.
I now only top up the feeders with one or two fatballs at a time... and usually when I am going to watch.
It's still quite expensive... during the time it took me to capture the images for this post the sparrows had devoured the lot.
Me? ... I am off to B and M's to buy some more fatballs... and seed and fruit and feeders to replace the ones destroyed by the squirrel.... happy days.