21 May 2011

Old wellies

Last winter I obtained a new pair of wellies and decided to put my old pair to good use. In each boot I poked a hole in the toe for drainage and trimmed off the legs, leaving enough heel to provide protection from the elements. I then used garden wire to narrow the foot hole and stuck the left foot in a conifer and the right foot on an ivy-covered post. To my amazement, I checked them today and both left and right boots are currently occupied, though I'm not sure yet who the occupants are.
welly nest-box in leylandii
So next time you go to throw out and old pair of boots, you may want to consider providing some alternative housing for your garden birds!

10 comments:

David Carrington said...

Long-toed stint?

Anonymous said...

short toed treecreeper

Anonymous said...

Surely it would be some sort of wader? Johnny Woon

Anonymous said...

Poss booted eagle?

Barry Stewart said...

I'm a size 10 so probably more suitable for a Booted Warbler!

Jeff said...

Birds not put off by the whiff then !!

Barry Stewart said...

Those who've seen my feet will realise that's a fair comment! Thankfully, I think most birds have rather poorly developed olfactory senses. The cool, breezy weather is a blessing for the chicks in the nest ;o)

Meriwether said...

Condors haven't Ba, but unlikely in VC41!!!!

Barry Stewart said...

Blue Tits in the left boot and Robins in the right :)
Nothing in my tit box with a camera. Perhaps I should set up a welly-cam?

neoprene wellies said...

short toed treecreeper