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Communal garden, feeders and pigeons
Hello! I hope you guys are well and are able to help us. We have been feeding birds for the last couple of years in our communal garden. Not only do we get immense pleasure, we have also seen a rise in the local bird population. We now have a lovely flock of starlings and we often see Woodpeckers...
7 May 2013
Is putting bread out for the BGB cheating?
We were playing bridge with friends on Saturday and mentioned the Big Garden Birdwatch which they did for the first time this year. They didn't get any birds and we said we put bread out on the ground and all the birds were interested in that and not the feeders. They said that was cheating and would...
18 Feb 2013
Afternoon all! I finally made some pastry with chopped sunflower hearts, soaked raisins and some seeds. Its in the fridge now and i'll be putting out tomorrow and spending all day to see what comes along to eat it. I was going to put some out on a log and on some branches as well as in the fat ball...
12 Feb 2013
How do I prevent my peanuts from rotting?
Hi All, new here. I have a fairly well attended bird feeding station in my garden with mostly suet, fat balls and a variety of seed in feeders or on the bird table. I have tried to provide peanuts but, despite interest from the blue tits and sparrows, it keeps rotting in the "cage" feeder...
17 Jan 2013
How about a window feeder with some sunflower hearts, suet pellets and dried mealworms? An alternative selection could be porridge oats, grated cheddar cheese and dried raisins.
15 Jan 2013
Long Tailed Tit stuck in feeder
Hello, I have been using one of the square suet feeders that you put the blocks in. I noticed this morning that birds were flying up to it and departing quickly in a rather startled manner. On investigation I was astonished to find a Long Tailed Tit stuck inside the feeder (right at the bottom) with...
30 Dec 2012
Left over Bread
Hello all, just wondered if anybody could suggest a good and safe way to use left over bread for the birds. I know it should be moistened before leaving for birds...any other creative recipes out there ,plse!
28 Dec 2012
Standard Seed v No Mess/Waste Seed
Hello,I'm still in the learning process,of feeding the birds and decided to invest in some more expensive "no waste/mess" bird seed,as I was having the usual problem of sprouting seeds,below my feeder station. I have found that,at the moment, the mess made by the uneaten "no mess"...
1 Dec 2012
Do magpies intimidate other birds from a feeder?
Hello, We have a small box feeder on our windowsill, and last year had lots of blue tits and coal tits use it throughout the winter. We have a lot of magpies around and about, and last year they did not use the feeder - I assumed because it was too small for them! However, this year we have had...
7 Oct 2012
How much to feed wild birds??
Hi there! I'm in New Zealand and I set up a bird feeder for my parents. It is frequented mainly by some very bossy greenfinches, but also a few chaffinches, sparrows and waxeyes/silvereyes. The feeder is made out of an old 1.5L soft drink bottle and we half fill it with wild bird seed mix from...
3 Oct 2012
Design of Bird Feeders
Hello! I'm a student studying BA (hons) 3D Design at University College Falmouth and am currently conducting a self-initiated project with a focus on the design feeders. The reason I began this project was because of friend of mine informed me about the problem of trichomonosis in finches, and...
3 Sep 2012
attracting the right birds in the garden
hi i would like to know if someone can recommend food/seed/anything that would attract birds beside local pigeons and wild parrots! i have tried peanuts, suet, mixed seed and various fruits but these 2 birds seem to eat anything and everything and scare away anyone else. the most 'interesting'...
11 Jul 2012
Pink berry suet pellets (McDonalds v Michelin)
Hello All Having successfully raised a couple of robins (awwwwwwwwww) on Wilkinson's pink berry suet pellets, Mr and Mrs Robin are no longer about, sniff sniff. Here's a young robin tackling a Wilkinson's pellet: However, Mr and Mrs Robin Jr have arrived and are clearly nesting...
11 Jun 2012
Hungry Birds! Am I doing more harm than good?
Hi there! I know this is probably an old question that many have asked before, but given that the food I'm putting out is been consumed at a much faster rate than during the freezing winter, I'm a bit concerned. And I can't help but hear my dad nagging in my ear saying 'they won't...
26 Apr 2012
** ADVICE PLEASE **
There appears to be trich here. I have removed all feeders and covered bird bath. Last time I suspected it, I removed all feeders, including seed feeders, suet slabs and fat balls, covered bath and stopped ground feeding and table feeding and did not put any food out at all for 4 weeks. Have removed...
22 Feb 2012
RSPB Classic seed feeder and guardian
Hi Guys, I have bought a "classic seed feeder" and its associated clear plastic dish and I seem to have a problem with it.... it may be a coincidence but after installing it in the same place where an older bird feeder was, the numbers of birds visiting the same place has dropped. I did...
2 Feb 2012
Re: greedy birds
Hi Cazza and welcome to the forum Starlings do get through lots of food very quickly but they need all the help they can get as they are a red listed species due to recent declines in their breeding populations. I would recommend feeding in two different areas, try an open tray in the middle of the...
17 Jan 2012
Re: Jackdaw's taking over feeders
Hi Heather It's unlikely that the small birds would be deterred for long by the jackdaws but these intelligent members of the crow family do have a tendency to demolish food very quickly. I would recommend having a couple of bird feeding areas that you rotate regularly for hygiene reasons,...
13 Jan 2012
Re: I'm going to feed the birds all year round. Is this ok?
Hi all Firstly, due to some comments on this thread I thought a reminder about the terms and conditions of posting to this site was required, please take heed of the guidance below. 'Be aware that users will have a wide range of interest, experience and knowledge - so please treat everyone...
9 Jan 2012
How much do you spend on your birdies?
I have no idea how much the average cost of a feeder, food, etc, is, and I was hoping others could share their average spend on birds! How much would you say a feeder should cost? How much money on food per week? Any input is valuable to someone with a small income a month!
2 Jan 2012
First post and I'm already after some advice! We live in Fife and we've had feeders in our garden for over a year now, with separate feeders with fat balls, buggy bites and sunflower hearts. We get a varity of birds visiting, the usual ones being (a huge) group of House Sparrows, Starlings...
15 Dec 2011
Ever thought about making a Christmas cake for birds?
Birds like cake, fact. Is it good for them, well yes it is, they don't need to worry about obesity or high cholesterol as they use up so much energy flying and just trying to stay warm! So most cakes are fine for wild birds, as long as they don't have dessicated cocunut in them any cake crumbs...
1 Dec 2011
Re: Mesh Nets - First Response.
Hi all I'm just posting an update to let you know where we stand with the mesh bags issue at the moment, sorry if it turns into a bit of an essay! Our media teams around the country issued a press release highlighting the dangers of mesh bags and other garden hazards to wildlife. We were pleased...
22 Nov 2011
Re: Mesh Nets - First Response.
Lolly Any thoughts on mentioning the mesh nets on Autumnwatch? Hi Lolly We can ask, i've forwarded all of the details to our staff liaising with the Autumnwatch team, I cannot guarantee anything more though unfortunately.
11 Nov 2011
On the grape vine
Black Country Blogger
Despite living in the Midlands we have a thriving grape vine in our garden; the grapes, though numerous, are usually too small for us to bother with so every year we leave them for the birds. Much to our delight the blackbirds love them, we have counted as many as ten blackbirds feeding on the vine at...
31 Oct 2011
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