After our theme fun last week with fairies and goblins this week we turned our attention to the birds and their needs now that winter is approaching. We had abandoned our bird table over the lush summer months but were keen to bring it back into use now that the colder weather is setting in and the native British winter birds are searching for food to supplement their diet.
We set the activity table up with everything we needed to make a bird feast and some lovely homemade binoculars to go off on an autumn bird and wild animal hunt.
Those who wanted to chose a dressing up outfit while I read an animal identification book perfect for the younger boys staying. They were brilliant at joining in and telling me which of the animals they had seen and fed on the farm during their stay. This led me nicely onto the birds and how they needed some help for the winter months too.
I brought out some melted lard in a bowl and we added bird seed which the children all helped to stir. It sets really quickly as it cools and by the time we had finished mixing it was forming the solid we needed to place on the bird table. My triplets joined in remembering making these bird bombs last winter and were a great help with the younger children.
We added apple slices, bread shapes and Cheerios threaded onto string to make a table fit for a bird feast.
It was clear that we were all making far too much noise for the birds to venture in so we set about making binoculars from toilet rolls ready to go on a bird hunt.
To assist in our hunting we used a worksheet with all the birds we thought we might spot and some other wild animals too.
Then we were off exploring leaving the birds some peace to find our table. We hunted high and low with the help of our binoculars but in the end found only pigeons high in the sky, a worm on a mole hill and plenty of bird chatter from the woods beyond before the lure of the play area took hold.
Looking from the tractor soon turned into binoculars flying in the wind and play taking over.
Balancing along the path edge the children soon found themselves back at my garden. We crept in but still no sign of a bird or squirrel enjoying our feast. There was no time to wait as Guy was already opening up the evening train rides.
Needless to say the following day the birds did come and enjoy their ready prepared feast. Now we will try to keep it stocked again until spring.
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