An untouched apple

Recently, there was a tweet from the Wildlife Trusts about feeding birds at this time of year. Just as it is the hunger gap for us, so it is for them. I asked what I could do for blackbirds and the answer came back that I could put an apple on the end of a branch where I had done some pruning. This I did.

I somehow had my doubts about the blackbirds taking any interest in fruit stuck on a tree, though. They were already finding plenty of worms in the ground, by the looks of things. So, not surprisingly, the apple is rotting, untouched.

I often wonder what birds are thinking about humans and our antics. Perhaps they think the apple is one of our bizarre rituals. In any case, methinks it will be going in the compost bin now.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to An untouched apple

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I put two apples on the Bird table. I had an enjoyable half hour watching a squirrel steal all four halves. Goodness knows where he stashed them.

  2. Well you tried. I guess the apple wasn’t on their menu.

  3. You made me smile, Helen.

  4. Over Soil says:

    We had a pony who loved to eat the apples from the huge tree. Unfortunately he also like to eat them when they started to turn and get drunk! Oh that and eating magic mushrooms that grew in his field. Honest to goodness, that pony was a case! I could tell one day that he was out of his noggin, when I called him and he ran 🐎 straight past me. πŸ€ͺ 🀨 Yup, he was a case!

  5. The blackbirds, usually, eschewed our crab apples this winter.

  6. That should have read ‘unusually’

  7. Ys, another of these ideas that doesn’t necessarily work out. At least you tried. πŸ™‚

  8. I don’t feed the birds because the cats think it is just me organising an easier hunt for them!

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