Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 31st, 2014

National Bird Watch

Last weekend was Big Garden Birdwatch Day from the RSPB and we decided it would be fun to join in and see what was happening in our garden. We gave our bird table a good clean and set to work on making a range of delicious tempting treats to see what we could entice into our garden. I have enjoyed several bird food making posts on Country Kids this season and remember the fun we had making and filling our table last year

We set to work out on our garden bench with some cereals and raisins, a pan of melted lard and a ball of wool. I was delighted at how enthusiastic the children were happily threading cheerios onto lengths of wool. Even a teen came to join in, always a bonus!

Birdwatch making cheerio chains

Next the children crushed up bran flakes and added them to the melted lard together with oats and raisins and gave them a good stir to combine.


 Birdwatch making cereal balls

It took a few minutes for the lard to begin to solidify leaving just enough time for a quick game on our Christmas trampoline which is still in daily use. They have developed a game of their own involving a football and much bouncing and shouting. I am so glad we have a good safety net which is needed rather too often as they reach for the ball.


Trampolining kids


As the mix began to set I called the children back over to get their hands stuck into the mix and make it into balls. They then placed their bird balls on the table and hung the Cheerio chains around the edge.

 Bird Watch - Hanging up the homemade food


Satisfied with their efforts they retreated to watch and they weren’t the only ones!

Bird Watch - Ready & Waiting


It wasn’t long before their efforts were rewarded. Well once they stopped jumping on the trampoline and playing football in the garden I mean. We saw blackbirds, a magpie, a cheeky robin that collected the fallen pieces from the garden bench as well as from the bird table, a pair of blue tits and a chaffinch However whenever I had the video running there was nothing to see just a beautiful bird song against the backdrop of the river.


Bird Watch at Coombe Mill


We will be keeping our table topped up until spring when nature brings its own food once again for our two legged friends.


Bird Watch Rewarded

Joining in with Country Kids.

Country Kids is all about enjoying the outdoors. It is so easy to stay inside on these winter days, relax in the central heating and watch something on television. However children have energy to burn and they settle so much better to the comfort of indoors after a blast of fresh air. So grab your wellies, wrap up warm and have a little outdoor fun. Take a camera with you and come back and share your adventure. Whether it is the garden like us this week, a day out, an interesting walk to school or a play in the park I love to see what you have been doing. Please grab the badge code below and be inspired by the others who have linked up here too. There are always some great ideas.

A few of my favourite posts from last week: 

Wild Women Wear enjoys the local nature reserve in the evening light.

Podcast discovers the wildlife trail at Clandon Park

Diary of the Evens-Crittens supports the Team Honk Relay with some adventure park challenges

I love the “just do it” attitude to the weather with these muddy walks from Mummy of Two and Redpeffer

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall