Welcome to the forum,
Great to have such an enthusiastic new member,
Just read your blog, you do realize the next step is nest boxes, lol
so you can see all the young ones next year,
i can see you will fit in here really well,
Hi, welcome from me in Cornwall. Lovely pics and blog - Cornwall is obviously very special to you! Glad you're enjoying your new found hobby so much- look forward to more.
Best wishes, Jayne
Thank you everyone!!! Nice to be in company of enthusiastic birders . I have thought about nest boxes but my garden doesn't have any good places for them to be safe so I haven't got any :(
Cornwall is a very special place to m I live to go down there as much as I can
All the birds have gone quiet lately, even my new ground feeder isn't seeing any action. I hope they come back soon
It's the Goldfinches that have gone missing in my garden, at the minute i have a few Blackbirds, a couple of Blue and Great Tits, 1 Coal Tit, a couple of Robins, 20-30 Sparrows, 6(ish) Greenfinches, 2 or 3 Dunnocks, a few Chaffinches and last but not least 100(ish) Starlings.
Hello from Jersey, you get some nice visitors in your garden, envious of the Siskins. As we head towards the Autumn you will no doubt get caught up in Doggies and my 'home made' fat ball challenge :) we haven't perfected the recipes yet but we are getting there and the customers seem to enjoy the testing process.
Caroline in Jersey
home made fat balls??? o0oo0 sounds more fun than buying them from the farm shop :)
I make my own fatcakes i use 100g lard, 150g of finely blitzed peanuts and 150g of blitzed hearts and that just fits in a ready meal tray..leave it to cool, pop in fridge overnight and away you go, you could make your own fatballs by using the same mixture and rolling it in a ball then wrapping it in cling film overnight.
Hello from Felixstowe - it's a quiet time of year in my garden as well, though our goldfinch numbers are picking up. I do have a suggestion for your pigeons - they're big on seeds and sunflower hearts and they can only feed on a flat surface or a perch such as a tree branch. I'd avoid putting anything like that on the seed tray on your main feeder and just limit them to one ground tray - you're still OK putting seeds in a hanging feeder as long as the pigeons can't perch nearby and still get to it - that way they'll still feed but they won't be in any other bird's way and you can limit their consumption. Trying to stop them is hopeless, they're too intelligent.
Hi BirdfeederUK, a warm welcome to here from me in Staffordshire. Your Blog is wonderful as are your flikr photos, really enjoyed seeing them. Everyone on here is really friendly and helpful so never be afraid to ask if you're not sure about something be it a bird, insect etc or just about the site it's self. Hope that you really enjoy your time here with us all, cheers!!
Hi Everyone - once again thank you all for the warm welcomes. Quick question, I started birdfeeding in March this year and at the moment my feeders are very quiet, is this simply because there is a natural source of food out there for the birds to eat? the garden is a quiet place without them, I only seem to have the occasional dunnocks, fat wood pigeons visiting at the moment, although last week when it rained heavily I had parent goldfinches with their juvenile come to the sunflower heart feeder for sometime. Any feedback is very much appreciated
It is always quiet this time of year in gardens. It's nothing unusual. Many birds have gone off somewhere quiet for their summer moult and will be returning fairly soon with bright new winter plumage. Others are makng the most of the natural foods elsewhere Once the supply is exhausted, they will be back, have no fear! Also the winter migrants will soon be arriving to replace the summer visitors that have set off on their travels.
Oh yes that makes sense now, I did read in a book that when moulting they hide away. I will stock up on supplies ready for when they return :)
Welcome from me too in Fife. Look forward to hearing more about the birds in your garden. My garden is pretty quiet too but I suppose not for long as it is pretty cold in Fife today and that change usually brings the birds back.