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First visitors to the new Bird Feeder

I hung the new bird feeder on Saturday after following the instructions that came with it and on Sunday I saw my first bird – although fleeting. I peeped through the window wondering whether any birds had been and there was one. He darted off very quickly though. Since then, I’ve looked a few times and believe it or not, every time I’ve seen a little visitor! What Joy!

Bird visitors

This afternoon I sat for a few moments (camera in hand) hopeful that I might get a photo and three arrived at once, a beautiful Sunbird that was chased away by this Witoogie. Witoogie then spent a few minutes sitting, drinking, looking around, drinking again and then off he went. (Click the photos to see the large versions).

Todays Visitor

[one_half]Witoogie arrivesArrival[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Witoogie drinksWitoogie drinks[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Witoogie looks straight at meWitoogie looks straight at me[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And looking for his buddiesAnd looking for his buddies[/one_half_last]

How cute was that?

The bird feeder came with instructions to add red food colouring the first time as it attracts the birds to the new feeder. Once your feeding station “becomes known” by the birds, you stop using the food colouring.

The feeder comes with two different “nozzles”. The short one (which I have on mine now) is for short-beaked birds. The longer one is for sunbirds and long beaked birds. As I witnessed, some of the short-beaked birds are bullies and will dominate the feeder so the answer is to have two – one for the Sunbirds and one for the others.

Now that I know it works and that the birds will use it I will get another.

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

11 replies on “First visitors to the new Bird Feeder”

Haha! It’s a slippery slope. It starts with one feeder, and then before you know it, you’ll have a dozen! It is exciting when the birds find the feeders so quickly though. Your little bird does look very happy with his find!

What a nice encounter you’ve had and the anticipation of many more would definitely make purchasing another feeder worthwhile! The colors are so vivid with the red food!

Oh how absolutely CUTE is that!! ??? You are going to have many happy hours watching the birdies! That witoogie is so sweet! Enjoy 🙂

That’s beautiful; the feeder, the bird and the photos.

All the little critters and sometimes the birds too just drink direct from my lotus pot.

Hi Carolyn – I probably could make one myself but knowing me, it would get started and not finished. And this one is made by a self empowerment initiative and every purchase helps someone in one of our previously disadvantaged South African communities … So I am more than happy to support them by buying another 🙂

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