Residents at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham have been getting involved with the RSPB Nation Bird Watch this week, and decided to prepare a feast for our feathered friends to help them properly spot and count all the birds.
The bird tables are visited regularly, but residents felt that they need to go further to encourage as many birds as possible to visit, especially during the hard winter time with snow on the ground.
Residents Ruth and Doreen took on the job of mixing together a tasty bird food selection of nuts, seeds, toasted bread crumbs, suet, fat, bacon rind, cereals and meal worms, with something to suit every type of bird going into the mix. Doreen said it felt just like mixing a Christmas cake.
Ruth and Doreen then filled homemade bird feeders with the mixture, whilst everyone else who didn’t want to get quite as messy had a very productive afternoon threading cereal treats and nuts onto strings for the birds.
The finished bird treats were hung on the old apple tree outside the ground floor lodge, next to the bird table, so everyone can see the birds come and go.
Angela Muir, Home Manager said: “The birds need a few days to get used to the food tree, then by the time the bird counts we will be ready and waiting with our papers to list and count the birds. All hungry birds are invited and welcomed to Hallgarth for a feed!”
Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.
Date published: 26 January 2018
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