Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Waiting for Spring

Some of you may remember from my blogs last year (here and here) that I'm an avid gardener. So, you won't be surprised to hear how much I'm looking forward to spring when I can put my 'green paws' back to work. In fact, some of my early work is already coming to fruition...

For example, my narcissi are starting to sprout...

...and my crocuses are showing some colour.

As for my snowdrops, well, they're already in full bloom.

But, I'm still not content. I somehow need to 'spice-up' my garden a little this year.

I know, why don't I invite some of my feathered friends to come and visit me?

I set to work on 'hatching-up' a plan...

First, I needed to order some 'supplies' from the RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).

Here they all are unpacked. Man, I'd ordered enough to feed a flock of ostriches!

What a spread!

I had sunflower mix, birdcake, coconut treats, suet balls and plenty of different types of feeders to put them all in.

Before assembling it all, time for a snooze!

I eventually woke up and, after a few hours of assembling the stuff...

...voila! My bird feeding station was all set-up and ready to go!

Now, where the heck are all those birds? I waited patiently (for at least 20 seconds), then I had an idea...

...I decided to take matters into my own paws (or mouth).

"Here tweety-tweety-tweety. Come and get it!"

And, it worked!

First, a blue tit arrived... was soon devouring my 'coconut treat'...

... and my suet balls.

Next, a great tit came along.

Then a robin 'on the wing'.

Here's the robin posing nicely.

Pretty soon, there were birds coming from everywhere to sample my delicious bird-buffet.

I was so proud of myself! I think I'm going to enjoy this spring.

Ciao for now - got to go bird-watching.


Penny's Mumma said...

Homer, your a busy bee! I'm impressed with the fine picture taking skills, and your birdies werent scared away. Do they tweet to you in Italian? Also, you are a very cooperative poser. So cute and fluffy, you're a sweet boy!

Amber-Mae said...

Those are some very lucky birds! Those stuff must taste SO good.

Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Homer, well you should be proud of yourself. What a great idea for your garden and to encourage some beautiful birds to visit you. Thanks for the photos. Those little birds will give you something to watch while resting outside. No worries, Ciao Carol.

Sam said...

What a great idea - and you look so patient under your bird station! How exciting to see all the visitors you will get!


Sheila and Bob said...

Wonderful job Homer, we are sure not only will the birds enjoy, they will tell all their friends and you will have a fun spring & summer watching them all.

Hamish & Sophie

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful post, Homer! Mom wishes you could come here and teach Ciara that being a good gardener means leaving the plants IN the ground and not removing them:(

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

George the Lad said...

Homer you clever dog, feeding the birds, great photos to.
Happy Spring to you.
Mom and dad won't be going to Crufts ;( when they added up how much it would be they had a shock, plus it would mean me being by myself a long time!!! so they said I could have the money instead for toys and treats!!
See Yea George xxx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Spring has sprung at your house, Homer! Your flowers are just beautiful and the birdies are sure eating good!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Oh certainly are ready for Spring! Look at those beautiful flowers! Look at your feathered friends! What a wonderful season it is...
Sending lotsaluv

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Homer, are you sure they weren't there to see you and the meal was just your way of being a kind host?

Really pretty birds!!!

powder-puff said...

I'm ready for spring now , too!

You are definitely an expert Gardner, and good job with those birdies

lots of love

Lucille said...

Hi Homer!
Your Missus is right, I had missed this post!
How can you watch birds so politely? When I see one, I scare it off!!! They normally want to eat my bread, so I have to make sure they do not get nearer!!!
You are a good boy, not a satan...
Yes, ok, you might not like certain setters we know about... but... you have a gentle heart!!!
Ciao Lucille ;)

Anonymous said...

Homer, I'm learning to garden from you. So far I've got the dig the hole thing down REALLY WELL. Thanks soo much! Love, Bronte.

The Life of Riley said...

Hey Homer,

Have you found spring yet? I can't find it here - just leaves starting to fall off the trees and the days getting cooler and shorter. I love that you are looking after your bird friends.

Sending you lots of woofs,

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

It's so kind of you to feed the birds, Homer, especially now as they're getting ready to start building nests and there's still not much natural food for them. They need all that good food to have healthy baby birds. AND you leave the plants in the ground.

Abby is an inveterate digger, and her strong prey drive is as dangerous to birds as it is to any other small critter she can get in her mouth. Sigh.

Well done, Homer.

Jed & Abby

Lacy said...

w00fs, wow Homer, u is an expert...pretty birdies, does they fly when ya chase 'em???

b safe,

Anonymous said...

nice garden! unfortunately, i'm putting off learning to garden in favor of cooking, photography (yes i think it was you that suggested it remember... finally bought some books and went to see a working photographer speak and will take some classes too), french and hopefully travel. i'm trying to fit in yoga and some cycling... and top that with juno's PT and lots of doggie exercise every day...oh and i also want to do a few dog classes for livestock training (around horses/cows etc)... with ALL that well... it's amazing that i ever had time to work! I wouldn't mind HIRING a gardener though... i sure appreciate them. just don't have the time to devote to them. :(

gorgeous garden! are you for hire? :)