Christmas trees and ‘chickadees’

The Americans call them chickadees, we know them as blue tits, great tits and coal tits.

The Americans call them chickadees, we know them as blue tits, great tits and coal tits.

Whatever you call them they are some of the liveliest visitors to your garden bird table.

This year if you have a quiet moment you walk past Cashel’s Christmas Tree in the Plaza look up and see if it is playing host to some cheeky blue tits.

The Cashel Biodiversity group have hung a number of seed feeders on the tree to encourage bird life into the town centre. These were created by children at the Heritage Day last week. Made from pine cones stuffed with a mixture of fat, seeds and nuts they will provide much needed food as the air turns frosty and the birds rush in a for flying snack. “The beauty of these seed feeders,” said Sean Laffey of the Cashel Biodiversity group, “is that once all the seeds have been eaten out of the feeders, they revert back to being pine cones, so they are fully recyclable.”