20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 16


A delightfully ingenious, though simple, apparatus for holding the food we put out for garden birds has been sent to me for criticism by a bird lover from the Hassocks Orchard in Sussex. It consists in essence of a thick-sided oblong box much deeper than broad or long and tapering a little upwards. The top projects making a sort of eaves. Each side of the box under the eaves has a round hole,' cut a little higher on the N.. and S. side (as bridge players say) than on E. and W. Under each hole—and this is the particular attrac- tion of the little feeding box—is a perch slightly tilted up out Of the perpendicular. The device gives other birds than the tits or such good climbers a chance of entering the box after tha food, or pecking it if it protrudes from the holes. In' ll cases the perch helps to give you a very clear view of the birds and their acrobatic skill. The box is of course suspended from a Staple in the middle of the lid.

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