Friday, August 28, 2009
Change the world: Feed the birds
I have frequently posted that I throw out my unused rice and bread to the birds in my back yard. There are different types of sparrows and native birds. There must be more than 50 sparrows and thirty pigeons and other native birds. They know precisely when I have thrown out the food. I can hear the fluttering of the pigoens' wings as they fly off. I am not exactly a nature lover though I have been involved in many nature activities.
The family aren't keen in this Feed the Bird activity as they often shit on my laundry and on the deck and on our cars. The ungrateful birds fly away when I go to the window to snap a photo of them feeding my food. So I shall have to use a old photo. This is a wax eye or silver eye native bird.
My brother in Australia has a more interesting tale. You may say that my brother and I are peas from the same pod.
As you know I have a very good relationship with the birds in our garden. I throw our kitchen scrapes onto the garden and also collect water from the kitchen sink to water the garden.
This is my effort to help mother earth.
Anyway we get lots of different kinds of birds descending on our garden usually fighting for the scrapes!
I rationalize that the forest gets fertilized from the droppings of birds. So by encouraging the birds to come they get the food and I get their shit.
Anyway this morning I was cooking breakfast and was standing in front of the kitchen window. Suddenly a small butcher bird landed on the window ledge right in front of me. In its beak was a freshly killed mouse.
The bird dropped the mouse on the landing and then kept nodding at me as if to say"
well! Come on take it and cook it with your rice porridge!"
It could have been the tastiest porridge.