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A garden development, the early days... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Blue TitWay back in the early days of the year 2000, I had occasion to sit and ponder, a new dream was taking shape! Around me, as the temperatures nudged the minus 20 mark, throngs of birds cut into the winter silence, filling the branches of the frozen garden, a plot carved from snow-laden forests and heavy from a haw frost over a centimetre thick. Such bird numbers were all the more remarkable given the almost blanket exodus of species that occurs every autumn - fleeing the approaching onset of the cold, Lithuania says goodbye to all its starlings, robins, larks and thrushes, not to forget virtually all its finches and buntings, many of its titmice, a slice of its woodpeckers and even many of the corvids. In short, all those ingredients of a successful British garden scene are totally absent - all 'our' birds are sitting there on 'your' bird table!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 November 2008 )
Food Bill!!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

As an indication of the costs of a feeding station, a few figures fromone example winter ( the 2006-2007 feeding season). Across the three feeding stations, just how heavy was it on my wallet?



So, tallying back to the 1st October, the total consumption over the six month period came to:

Peanuts - 213 kg

Sunflower seeds (in husks) - 62 kg

Sunflower seeds (hearts) - 50 kg

Mixed seed - 54 kg

Niger seed - 5 kg

Fatballs - 180


And for the most painful statistic of the lot, the monetary value of all that nosh came to approximately 1750 litas (equivalent to £350). I do hope the birds appreciated it! To put it into context, the average monthly salary in Lithuania at that time was 1520 litas, the minimum salary just 550 litas! Fortunately it was a mild winter, hate to think what it could have been!!


Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 August 2009 )
The Garden List PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Blue Tits


With the garden in Vilnius now over ten years old, many a sub-zero winter suffered, many a summer season come and gone, the following list totals up all the species seen, and gives a brief comment on status and abundance.

So here it is, all the species in my garden since 2000, including those actually in the garden and those recorded from the garden, including flying over.

With the addition of a calling Tengmalm's Owl in January 2012 and Woodlark in April 2012,  the total currently stands at 112 species ...not including the one or two that I have forgotten!





Last Updated ( Friday, 25 August 2017 )