Our garden has a number of large native trees that attract birds to their tree tops: eucalypts and palms. We have had a number of tawny frogmouths (owls) build their homes in the eucalypts at the front of the house. Magpies, king parrots, corellas, and sulphur crested cockatoos also enjoy these tall trees.
When we came to live here the outdoor area couldn’t be described as a garden so being the outdoor types we are it has become our playground and hobby to turn this space into a garden to be enjoyed by birds, lizards, snakes (at different times), a rabbit at one time, and of course people are welcome too.
The pleasure in creating something from very little is tremendous. The MOTH (Man of the House) has built a feeding house for the larger birds which we were feeding regularly. That stopped when mischievous corellas came visiting too often. We were concerned they may take up residence in the garden and become a nuisance – always a possibility if one chooses to feed the wildlife.
We enjoy a variety of smaller birds in our garden and have diligently incorporated a diversity of shrubs. A Winter addition this year will fat cakes for the birds. These have been made from large, sultanas and birdseed and stored in the fridge until needed.
Recipe for Fat Cakes was found at: Gardener’s Word