A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

The birds in my garden

Waxeyes feeding on apple in my garden

For quite sometime now I have been trying to attract birds to the garden using a bird feeder. It’s been an unmitigated disaster. In the 6 months I’ve had it I have never once seen a bird at the feeder. But the seed was gone. We don’t have any shortage of bird life around here – in fact the dusk chorus can be deafening at times! But for the life of me I had never seen a bird eat anything I had put out for it. Well, I finally cracked it. And now I guess they’ll come looking for more each day. I wouldn’t mind a bit – I seem to have developed a love for birds thanks to this blog. I noticed my neighbour had waxeyes darting in and out of his place so had a closer look at what he had put out and discovered it was apple. So out came the apple and they went nuts over it. A friend also mentioned that her birds went crazy for bread with a bit of honey on it. So they got some of that too. Sure enough, they also went nuts for the bread and honey! So I am hooked. Now I just have to figure out how to get them to feed from the feeder (cos it’s really cute).

I'm gonna need more apples!

Shove off! This is all mine! Waxeye stand off....

Even the birds are over the snow!

Why it's a party!

Greenfinch in the snow

Greenfinch - taken through a window from my office

A blackbird discovers the butter I left out as a snow day treat..

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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Floss on August 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Those waxeyes really look like they’re arguing!

  2. Paul on August 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I’m gonna need more apples. Yes I think you may well be right on this Michelle, I would be very happy to have had these beautiful visitors but I have no garden. Sometimes the answer you are looking for is simple, like this.

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