Siting bird feeders

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Siting bird feeders

  • We have bird feeders just on the edge of the yard now we don't seem to get as many birds coming to them even when freshly filled. Our pet bunny has her run about 3 foot away could this be the reason?  I have thought of moving the feeders about 12 foot down the garden near the Cotaneaster. Any opinions ?

     

    Many Thanks

  • Somewhere near a bush where they can dive for cover usually helps.

  • The bunny could be puttig them off - it's movement that normally spooks birds, so if Bunny is active in his run it may well upset the birds.

  • Hi, covers a good idea. My bunnies are approx 5/6 metres from feeders and the birds have got used to them. Even had blue tits nesting about 2 metres away with me cleaning them out, rabbits that is,and they haven't been bothered, as got used to me when checking out the box. However, they we more skittish around anyone else. So hopefully the birds will get used to him/ her.

    Oh, they managed to fledge 2 young, while the other box at the bottom of the garden lost one of the parents and didn't fledge any.

  • Thank You, based on the comments received moving the feeders near the Cotoneaster is a good bet. It will put the feeders about 4 mts away from bunny and will be hidden from the chooks by the tree. Sounds good to me !!!

  • Moved the feeders Saturday and in use by Sunday by a Blue-tit Word will get round!!

  • thats lovely news Andre and your right the word is out now, be ready with camera, be nice to see some snaps, fingers crossed for you.

  • thats lovely news Andre and your right the word is out now, be ready with camera, be nice to see some snaps, fingers crossed for you.

  • Hoping for good weather this weekend then I can re-site some of the other feeders and hope to see more visitors to the old one now. It's been very quiet this week hardly any birds around must have been the weather too much rain for them.