A Special Guest

On a wet and miserable Saturday morning I noticed that the birds in the garden seemed to lift every leaf on the ground in their hunt for a bite. I felt sorry for them and came to think of how my grandmother always used to make homemade bird food all winter through.

A Special Guest

By coincident I had some leftover shortening in the fridge, and after a quick search in the cupboards I found some raisins, coconut, almonds and oats, the perfect wild bird mix!

first visitor

It took only 3 minutes to prepare, melt the shortening and mix in the rest. Pour into a bowl and set aside in the fridge to cool. Must be the quickest party to cook for in the world! After leaving overnight in the fridge, the mix is ready to serve. Simply cut around the edges of the bowl, turn upside down and set on the bird table.


All Tiarnan and I did for a bird table was to wedge a pieces of wood in the tree outside the kitchen window. Then we went inside waiting for our guests. And guess what, within an hour we had a special guest, a colorful woodpecker came to our table, I think it must have been a successful recipe!

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Anita and Feargal Buckley

Anita and Feargal Buckley

About Me & Mine

We are a family of three living in Sirdal, a rural mountainous area of Norway. Mum (Anita) is Norwegian and dad (Feargal) is Irish and together we have Tiarnan who is one year's old.

Favourite place in the world:

Ladakh, India.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

We are both keen outdoors people with a background in climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, trekking, skiing, hiking, camping, cycling and mountain running.

Comments (1)

  • Kylie Little Trekkers

    Kylie Little Trekkers

    09 November 2012 at 11:11 | #

    What a treat! I bet it dissapeared quickly!


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