We were delighted to have numbers of Greenfinches with us for the Easter weekend. The most I counted was 7, all arriving together and enjoying the Peckaballs and Peanuts


This is not the most attractive picture of Greenfinches, but it’s worth noting that head-on, they look rather unusual with  their wide beak gape!

Countryfile on TV this […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The temperature has dropped a degree or two today and our birds have been focussed on the suet feeders. There was an interesting item on last Sunday’s Countryfile all about   the 3 UK species of woodpeckers which lived up to their reputation as being quite illusive and were very camera shy during the feature. With […]

By |March 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Breakfast Menu

We put up a squirrel Peanut ‘Wreath’ first thing this morning and ‘our’ reds have been fixated on it. Although only a few feet from a feed box full of Super Deluxe Squirrel Mix ( including hazel nuts) , they have ignored this in the main and have been squabbling over access to the Monkey Nuts […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Close encounters of the furry kind!



We sell a large number of window feeders at the Birds’ Bistro and we are big fans of them at home too. They allow you to get very close to your birds and  are a great distraction from domestic duties in the kitchen! Despite having 4 designated feeding stations in the garden for our resident […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Frogs and Collies!

Another beautiful spring like day with lots of sunshine  but snow still sitting on top of Cross Fell.

The garden is full of Birds with 2 pairs of Blackbirds constructing nests  in a juniper and  a yew tree and Nuthatches taking up residency in one of the Bird Boxes. The frog spawn continues to increase in […]

By |March 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to our new blog!

A big welcome to Dunkirk Diaries from Jackie and Jonathan, the owners of the Birds’ Bistro.

Why Dunkirk Diaries? – We have been writing about our home and the wildlife we share it with for several years and thought that some of our customers and visitors to the website would be interested in what will become […]

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Spring in the air

Heard a lovely low purring sound, followed it down the pond and found dozens of frogs enjoying the spring weather.  They do tend to disappear quickly when disturbed, but here’s a photo of a few of them with lots of frogspawn.

By |March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to our new website

It has taken us a while to build our new website, but finally it was launched and here you are. We hope you like it!

By |March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments