Sometime ago Kunal ji wrote a blog post on feeding the birds Here.
As Kunal ji had asked to share any tips/sharing, which I did in comments but turned out that comment was beginning to turn into a small post so I felt it was better to put them in a post 🙂
The chirping of birds sanctify and spread cheerfulness and joy in the air at the dawning hours and exhilaration in the evening chirpy sermons. Feeding these lovely birds have been a lovely and blessed connect with nature. 🌿🍃🐦🐥🦜🕊💦
Most of the points shared are what my mother practiced who has been religiously feeding the birds for years now, this post is dedicated to my Mother😊🙏
Most simple and easy way is to feed the birds with a bowl of multi-grains and another bowl of water. And in case one continue this practice daily (hope one does🙂), it’s inevitable that one will feel the need to clean the bowl everyday before refill.
- My mom would keep home made paneer (cottage cheese), not the shop bought; dipped in water bowl diced in chewable size. The crows were the ones who would love to eat them, waiting for their breakfast on cloth drying wires, early morning.
- The day we were out of stock of grains for birds we would put bread dipped in milk,🥛the birds liked to eat them.
- Mixed grain (millets/ wheat/maize/sunflower seeds/ rice; mostly boiled to name few) is the best. Some add jaggery (in winter it’s good to add) but that invites ants and that becomes difficult to manage esp. during summers. To it’s effect I found myself doing the Feed the Birds and Relocate the pest at same time. 😂 Sad part was relocate the pest was not part of BL’s RAK back then! 😛
- We would keep two bowls and sometimes three. a. We observed that during peak summers when the food kept (if it’s not grains) under sun went dry we found the birds were dipping piece of bread and crushed and minced pieces of chapati in water and then eat the soften piece. b. One bowl was dedicated for pigeon’s grain – millet. As pigeons had started to flock in large numbers gradually. Water was kept in the biggest bowl as birds will drink water and bath in the water around 4p.m.! 🐦🐤🕊🦜💦💧 It was such a pleasing and joyful scene to watch. But given it was in the balcony we catered our little friends not terrace, bird-y mess, little feathers around! To its effect next point! Cleaning! 😊
- Cleaning was another chore inseparable! Cleaning the bowl everyday and in the vicinity where the bowl were kept. Most days we would find tiny feathers, sometimes tiny sticks that bird would bring to build their nest and so on. It looked cute but entailed regular cleaning.
- Feeding the birds with fruits 🍍🍎🍓🍇🥭🥭🥭 after a while we kept some fruits for birds. When parrots 🦜 started to flock around I just took a chance and kept green chillies for them, they ate all of them! It was such a happy moment. 😃 Following that I placed mango in the bowl. To my happy amazement, birds wiped the whole of mango and left its seed clean! 😲 That was so much fun really. Added freshness and bought welcoming change in the daily monotonous feeding. Moreover, little birds seldom find trees where fruits are there to feed on! I guess it was great change for birds as well. But then again sweet fruits can welcome ants. Do avoid sour fruits. They won’t eat them. Seeing marks of birds’ beak on the food has been such a sweet and lovely thing to watch!
- A couple of times when we were away for a day or two we would just refill bowls with extra grains. Courtesy – The bond and responsibility we felt for our little bird-y family members! 😍
I hope this was useful in some way. 😊Making the scorching summers easier for them. 🙏
Happy Feeding the Birds 🐦🐥🌾🌾🌾🍓🍉🍇🥭🍎💐🕊🦜