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Thursday, 27 September 2012


I knitted a bag from plastic string, popped in a whole container of dripping, hung it on a tree and sat back to watch the fun.

1 white-eye....

2 white-eyes... 

3 white-eyes



6 white-eyes!


  1. Well done Katherine. I must try this sometime. Do you live near the bush? I live in town - Dave

  2. You have become very popular!

  3. What a great bird feeder. Is it ok to give them fat like that? I guess it is or you wouldn't be doing it. They certainly love it.

  4. We hang out fat balls all the time during winter.
    It attracts mostly Koolmees: Parus Major. For reasons unknown to me the English name is Great Tit

  5. Good idea. The birds seems to enjoy. We dont have those birds in Denmark, - they are beatyfull.

  6. Amazing how quickly they spot a good meal. Why no other birds... are they aggressive?

  7. Dave - We live in town, (Tauranga) but have a very large garden with lots of mature trees.

    Violetsky - we ARE popular!

    Helsie, I give them fat, and also put out cut fruit and old jam, if I have any.

    Ben - That name has always made me smile too.

    Kirsten - these birds were originally blown over from Australia. There must have been enough to make a small population, because there are plenty now.

    Cro - they are a little bit aggressive. But a blackbird with intent can frighten them away briefly. Sparrows don't have the technique of clinging, and the fluttering in place seems too tiring for them to do it for long. Not much else is interested.

  8. I've always felt that the abundance of food around The Cottage and the huge number of birds didn't warrant feeding the birds in the way that I do on Lewis but I might try the dripping technique for attracting the white-eyes (I have always called them silver-eyes).


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