Local Heart, Global Soul

February 22, 2013

My Little, and Not so Little Feathered Friends…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in the beginning of December 2012  it snowed and I felt sorry for the wild birds in the neighbourhood so bought some bags of peanuts to string up on our balcony washing line to make their lives a little easier in the winter weather.

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I forgot to post this earlier, but after a while we started getting more than just the little birds coming to visit.

It’s quite well known that there is a substantial population of wild parakeets in the Hague… not just a few, but hundreds of them and every now and again we see some twenty or sometimes thirty of them gathered in one of the neighbourhood trees, in our street, the neighbouring street or in the park.

I assume that the first wild parakeets started off as pets that escaped their owners but this doesn’t really explain the sheer numbers of these birds. Could this really be one massive related parakeet family or is it possible they come here from somewhere else?

They don’t seem to be migratory birds and anyway even if they were, surely they would be heading south for winter and not spending it in somewhere as cold as The Netherlands?

Lately they’ve been hanging around the back gardens and it’s quite a sight to see what you assume must just be tropical birds congregating  together in trees surrounded by snow.

Now they too have discovered the peanuts on the line and seem delighted at the discovery. The only problem I have now is that when the big birds are having fun and enjoying their meal, the little birds are intimidated and stay away, so finally I also bought a little open framed feeder where a block of seeds in fat can be inserted and the little birds were very happy.

Hmmm… until the parakeets found that too (on the upstairs balcony) and bossily shooed  the little birds away again. More solutions are required because I really want the little birds to get their share…   but in the meantime here are a some photos of my little (and not so little) feathered friends.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

8 Comments »

  1. SO CUTE!

    Comment by zannyro — February 22, 2013 @ 1:03 am | Reply

  2. Love these ideas. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by che'hanin — February 22, 2013 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  3. Love the acrobatics. We feed birds in the winter as well – a nice thing to do, as well as being entertaining

    Comment by kiwiskan — February 22, 2013 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  4. These are great photos! We have the parakeets too, although they haven’t made it onto my bird feeders yet. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — February 22, 2013 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  5. What about a little nesting box? The bigger birds won’t be able to get in.

    Comment by The Laughing Housewife — February 22, 2013 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  6. I’d love to own a parrot. The zoom is very impressive. The parrot seems to like having it’s photo taken too, lol. By the way, I nominated you for the Liebster blog award because I think your blog is, in one word, awesome 🙂 http://thecrazynigerian.com/2013/02/24/and-the-liebster-award-goes-to/

    Comment by jollof — February 24, 2013 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  7. Love that second photo where the little birdie looks like it’s about to tip over 😀

    Comment by Carrie — February 27, 2013 @ 3:07 am | Reply


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