'Feed the birds, tuppence a bag Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag' Yeah, right! The price of wild bird food is fast becoming extortionate, and the birds who rely on the dwindling number of humans for their nourishment during the long winter months are in danger of being slowly starved to death because of those price increases. 50 kilos of sunflower seeds in 2016, used to cost me around €30.00. That same quantity, as of last Thursday, set me back a whopping €45.00. This quantity will last somewhere in the region of three weeks, if the winter isn't too harsh. I've also had to replace two of the bird feeding stations, there died another €50.00, because the of the sustained vandalism from the marauding squirrels and the disruptive common woodpecker. The constant squirrel invasions are actually Oscar's fault because he simply can't be 4r53d to chase them away anymore. But, you know, when we're feet deep in snow and the surrounding forest is heavily cloaked in it, I suppose it's a relatively small price to pay to keep the little creatures happy whilst adding a myriad of contrasting colours to your garden at the same time. It also stops the cheeky little bleeders tapping at your windows when there's no food at all for them.