I want to say a very big 'thank you' to both Dave and Catherine, who volunteered to come to our home during the Easter week to feed our wild birds while we were on our holidays in Dorset.
Before we left on our week-long trip, the birds seemed to be frantically feeding; apparently many were nesting and sitting on their eggs or feeding their fledglings. We worried about leaving the birds without food in the feeding station for a whole week.
Thankfully, my long-time friend Catherine was able to pop over while we were gone, and I was lucky to meet Dave through the Wildlife Aid Forum. Dave volunteers through the week at Wildlife Aid, and he lives not too far from our home. He also has a bird feeding station at his home and enjoys watching all the different varieties of birds that congregate.
This is why their contribution was so important. Check out these hungry robins who are living in a nesting box under the eaves of our Wendy house in the back garden.
I hung this nesting box in the autumn, and I had no idea if we'd have any customers. However, with the protection of the eaves of the little house and the food just a hop away, this is equivalent to a four-star hotel in the bird world!
Let me take a moment to plug Wildlife Aid, which is located in Leatherhead, Surrey, and is a wildlife rescue group made famous by the documentary program Wildlife SOS, which is shown on Animal Planet. Wildlife Aid can always use donations to help fund their very important causes and efforts. If you've been interested in seeing the premises, they will hold their annual Open Day on Sunday, 21 June. You can read more information on their site: http://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/index.php
Again, thanks to Dave and Catherine for taking care of our birds while we were away!