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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Old Jam

I found some old crystalised plum jam in the fridge, so I put it out for the wax-eyes.

It's been a year since the last time I filled this little glass pot up. As I scooped the jam in, the teaspoon dinged against the side of the pot. Immediately I heard a sharp 'peep' from nearby. I began counting the seconds. After 29 seconds a bird had arrived in the tree. By 46 seconds, it was eating.

This one clearly hadn't visited this food source before. "Do you get it from underneath?"

"Buzz off! It's my turn! I'll work it out by myself. "

"Ah, This is the way. Yum."


  1. Wonderful. I love those wee birds. I shall put some jam out when I get home to The Cottage.

  2. Elizabeth15.7.10

    Oh, how lovely, Katherine. x

  3. Hi, I just did a post about the waxeyes at my place. They swoop in and eat the pig scraps. I love them, very cute! :o)

  4. What an unusual bird. Great photos.

  5. Thanks for your comments, everyone.
    Welcome to TLVD, Niki. I shall come and visit your birds soon! Our sparrows loved our pig and chook scraps...