now the Magpies are in on the act on what is supposed to be a Woodpecker feeding pole lol.
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No wonder the food only last a day if the starlings have found it! I don't seem to get starlings - at least I do in the spring, then my feeders get mobbed but once the youngsters have grown up the starlings disappear - they've obviously found a better food supply somewhere else - possibly a bit nearer to you!
The magpies have started getting a bit braver in my garden too - I usually put a few suet sprinkles in a ground feeder as well as having them hung up and the magpies just inch towards them ever so slowly. For such a big bird they are really quite timid around the feeders.
Incidentally Alan - have you ever had a wood pecker on your feeding pole??
ChristineBIncidentally Alan - have you ever had a wood pecker on your feeding pole??
Nope everything else but a Woodpecker lol, i only had the GSW for one day on the feeding tray but it's not been back yet, i'm hoping it comes over the winter or sees the Jay flying off with the peanuts.
Those poor LTT's. You cruel man Doggie! LOL. Thank goodness you have been cooking up new supplies.
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I hope they enjoy your cooking.love the LTT's
Saw the home made goodies you have created and spent some time last night making my own. Melted down some lard, mixed in sunflower hearts and poured it into an empty coconut half. In the fridge overnight and then out at 5-30 this morning. Looks like it was popular with someone as it was all gone by the time I returned home tonight! Saves quite a bit of cash too. I also made a block for the other hanging feeder.
Said Mother Tern to Baby Tern "Would you like a brother?"
Said Baby Tern to Mother Tern "Yes, one good tern deserves another"
Nice one MC i grind my peanuts and hearts in a blender until they are nearly dust, i think it makes it easier for the smaller birds, you should find if you put some on a tray BR will like it too.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it a go. To be honest, I rarely see BR taking anything from feeders or trays. Whenever he does grab a snack (assuming there is no pastry) it is always a fruit flavoured suet pellet. The one thing he loves more than anything is a nice centipede. He goes for them in an instant. He will go for small-ish earthworms and will also grab any other small insects if he finds them during his foraging sessions, but the centipedes require no second thought; he gobbles them up immediately. The largest thing I have seen him tackle is a grasshopper, which he finally forced down after a few attempts! He was quite young at the time and maybe he has avoided them since. BR has never shown too much interest in 'robin mixes' or other seeds/cereals (unlike the sparrows who will eat anything!). I'll try your suggestion Alan and see if BR feels like a change of pace, which is possible given that foraging will be more difficult over the coming months.