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Re: Bird food
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2010, 01:22:37 pm »
Another busy day on the feeders



Apologies for the crap picture - taken though the kitchen window to avoid frightening them off.

Re: Bird food
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2010, 01:57:28 pm »
Goldfinches.   8)  Lucky you.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2010, 02:29:16 pm »
We have them all year here.   We have a Nijer seed feeder that they like.

What we're missing at the moment are the siskins.

Re: Bird food
« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2010, 02:35:57 pm »
Very unusually we've had Song Thrushes (2 males, still squabbling) in our (long, thin, hedged) garden. Usually they prefer the wide open lawn space of our neighbour, but were after the privet thingy berries.

We also get pheasant, collared dove, wood pigeon, blackbird, sparrows, blue- coal- and great-tit (long-tailed ones seem to go elsewhere in the winter), goldfich, bullfich, chaffinch, stralings, robins, magpies, probably a few others, ond over-flying herons and hovering red kites.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2010, 10:31:42 pm »
Being colour blind & not ornithology-savvy(is that grammatically correct?) I found it interesting that Mrs. Jogler was chuffed up because we had two Redwings in the garden this morning.
I couldn't see the red bits :( & wouldn't appreciate the rarity of the sight without explaination from Mrs. J..  ::-)

Re: Bird food
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2010, 11:01:31 pm »
We have goldfinch, bullfinch and pied wagtails. The chaffinch and blue tits are coming up to the patio door, which they don't normally do, must be out of hunger. We have been defrosting the water two and three times a day for them. Son-in-law mixes the bird seed for us which also contains meal worms.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2010, 08:51:27 pm »
Mrs Blackbird is getting more bolshy. This morning I went into the shed, got my bike out, locked up the shed and made to leave. Then I realised she was sitting in the tree by the feeders, tutting and muttering as if to say indignantly, why didn't you bring me any food when you came out? So I re-opened the shed and got her some.

Told Pingu when I got home and he said she did exactly the same with him when he went to work later.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2010, 08:53:36 pm »
Has anybody tried using those adjustable mesh boxes which are supposed to be able to let you feed the ground feeding smaller birds, while letting you keep out the blasted pigeons and seagulls?
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2010, 09:06:15 pm »
I've been wondering about hanging a feeder from the brackets keeping my window boxes on the wall, but I'm two floors up. This might sound like a really stupid question, but would that be too high for small birds? How high do little birds fly?  ;D
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2010, 09:12:19 pm »
If you build it, they will come.
Yeah, don't worry. It might take them a couple of weeks to find it, but once they do....
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2010, 09:17:59 pm »
Maybe I could hang a nesting box as well, but that would probably be way too high for baby birds to learn to fly from. I wouldn't want to be responsible for them plummeting to their squishy deaths. I think I'll get some feeders though.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2010, 09:27:14 pm »
Pingu reckons that nestboxes shouldn't be sited next to feeders anyway.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2010, 10:59:45 pm »
I'm getting small fat balls.  ;D
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2010, 11:03:29 pm »
Fat balls are very popular

I deployed 3 this morning, and they're almost gone now

Re: Bird food
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2010, 09:01:27 am »
We have two rather pretty collared doves that visit our bird table every day. They sit on its roof like statues for ten minutes before venturing in and feeding. They like the mixture of seeds and poultry mix I put out on it.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2010, 09:57:20 am »
Our birds are having to share/compete with a squirrel who passes thru' our garden every morning of late.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #41 on: January 26, 2010, 05:51:03 pm »
I was reading in the paper today that the bird food suppliers have been doing their best trade ever recently - to an extent that  it made the newspapers....

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #42 on: January 26, 2010, 09:48:13 pm »
The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is this weekend.  Spend an hour counting the birds you see and send in the data.

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2010, 09:59:56 pm »
Apparently Costco are currently selling monster bags of bird seed for four quid. 

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2010, 01:07:07 pm »
We have loads of food out...


...but no birds.  I've had to throw some insect/suet pellets and a fat ball away as they were beginning to go mouldy.



I'm getting small fat balls.  ;D


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Re: Bird food
« Reply #45 on: January 27, 2010, 01:50:19 pm »
Another shipment from the RSPB just arrived - about £70's worth  :o

That isn't the first this year, though the previous one was less money.  it's almost a full time job keeping all the feeders topped up at the mo  - the peanut feeder in the back garden needs filling twice a day (and it's not small) and the rest at least once a day.

I have just seen a jay though - and whilst they're not rare it's only the second one I've seen in our garden.

Re: Bird food
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2010, 03:07:43 pm »
The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is this weekend.  Spend an hour counting the birds you see and send in the data.
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Re: Bird food
« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2010, 03:57:38 pm »
Me too, also  :thumbsup:

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Re: Bird food
« Reply #48 on: January 30, 2010, 12:06:45 pm »
The scores on the doors:

Blackbird4
Blue tit2
Carrion crow2
Chaffinch4
Dunnock2
Feral pigeon7
Goldfinch4
Greenfinch1
Jackdaw2
Magpie1
Robin2
Woodpigeon2
Fieldfare4
Grey Squirrels2

The bird activity seemed rather low & unusually, no coal tits, great tits or sparrows  :(







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Re: Bird food
« Reply #49 on: January 30, 2010, 06:00:28 pm »
Poor show from the birds on survey morning.

House Sparrow  2
Wood Pigeon     2
Blackbird          2 (M+F)
Robin              1
Starling           1

I think I started too early, it's a north facing garden and the birds tend to wait until it has warmed up.  Am very jealous of Pingu's results -- perhaps I should move back to Aberdeen.

No coal, blue or great tits, dunnocks, corvids or gulls.