We have been spending a lot of time enjoying our beloved wild bird population and I am so happy to say this week, a new species introduced itself to our feeder. It was much smaller than our regular female chaffinches so it caught my eye. With its spotty tummy and beautiful shades of green/yellow it truly was a wee stunner. My heart said, its a Siskin - but I want to be sure. So after a few photo's of it and thanks to the wonders of the Internet.
I can confirm it is a Siskin.
What brought this new species to my garden, is it the time of year? Is it a non-resident passing through? Or is it our new found product? I like to think it's the latter of the questions I raised.
As you know we are so passionate about our wild bird's and we wanted to make everyone aware of a new company we have come across in SCOTLAND Fat Birds Feed.
Being based in Scotland and wanting to help support the Scottish economy, we have been searching for bird feed manufactures. This particular company is small and supports ethically sourced ingredients.
They are called Fat Birds Feed, based in the Scottish Borders Selkirk.
Every cake they sell they donate 4p to Songbird Survival.
Initially I thought, oh another fat ball product - BUT oh I was wrong! This seed cake really is attracting more birds to my feeders. Maybe because it contains no animal fat? Most fat balls do contain animal fats. Can the bird's smell this? Who know's. Does this make it a Vegan friendly?
Because it is a locally & ethically sourced product, price wise, it is slightly pricy, at £8.99 for two giant seed cakes. BUT give them a go! Personally we have found it has introduced Siskin's to our feeders. It lasted 14 days which makes it an ideal feed to use when life begins to go back to the new normal and we may not have as much time to observe as much.
For me, our seed feeder is emptied daily - if for what ever reason - I don't have time to remember to top the feeder on a particular day I won't feel guilty as 'Fat Birds Feed' have my back.
Also great for 'WHEN' you can go on holiday and relax without worrying about if the birds are OK or if your friend is topping up your feeders everyday. Once you start feeding, you shouldn't stop, as your birds will be dependant on your continued support for their survival.