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Garden Birds
« on: April 18, 2011, 06:19:42 PM »
I have been trying to attract birds to my garden through the winter but having no luck. I started with a bird table & recently traded up to a feeding station offering fat balls, niger seed, peanuts & sunflower hearts in feeders & sunflower seeds, bread etc in a tray. The only regular visitors are pigeons, doves & starlings. I very rarely see small colourful birds that i was hoping for & nothing is taking the niger seed or sunflower hearts.

What am i doing wrong??

Positioned the feeder a good 10ft from the fence, water tray always full, no big bushes nearby for cats to hide under. I realise they are finding other stuff now the weather is better but i have had nothing all winter.

Any hints/tips would be appreciated.

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 06:55:18 PM »
Ah! You need to put up a sign saying, "Bird Feeder", so they know it's there.  :uglystupid2:

Try putting it nearer the bush, as small birds need somewhere to hid if predators are around. Also, small birds fly off when pigeons are about. You also need to give it time, so they know it's there.  ;D

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 07:35:22 PM »
Ah! You need to put up a sign saying, "Bird Feeder", so they know it's there.  :uglystupid2:


lol..  :D

Seriously though, it takes time for them to get used to the surroundings.  Always make sure there's food and water available as a regular supply.  They will always visit the places they know they can get food from.  I have some large shrubs / bushes etc near my feeders, so the birds can hide if necessary.

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 11:45:54 PM »
At the moment all the birds are paring off and building nests so you won't see too many .

Put up some  blue tit boxes and possibly coconut shells with a large hole similar  ( you can buy these )

If you use peanuts please grind them as birds feeding their young will cause them to choke

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 07:48:13 PM »
As above, its best if they are closer to the bushes, I have two feeders in the garden and the one closest to the bush has to be filled every day, the other once a week.
I have pigeons visiting too and they do scare the smaller birds away for a while, if a sparrow hawk files over the vanish for a few days so have a look for birds of prey that may be making them shy.

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 08:52:56 PM »
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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 09:09:22 PM »
Thanks guys, i will move it closer to our small apple tree or the conifer, the only things in my garden that may give them cover. I had kept away from them thinking they would give cover to cats.

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 10:43:16 PM »
Thanks guys, i will move it closer to our small apple tree or the conifer, the only things in my garden that may give them cover. I had kept away from them thinking they would give cover to cats.

Simon

Conifer would be better, as they can hide there in the winter. Robins like holly bushes, because nothing can fly in and grab them.  ;D

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2011, 07:41:46 AM »
I have a niger seed feeder - it was used for a bit then stopped for ages - like a year - then started again.

Think it is just one of those things.
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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 08:05:34 AM »
I have a niger seed feeder - it was used for a bit then stopped for ages - like a year - then started again.

Think it is just one of those things.

Niger is quite a specialised seed.  It's pretty much just for goldfinches.  Beautiful if you have them but it won't attract them if you don't ;)  We used to have loads of goldfinches.  Then one day they left and I haven't seen any for ages :(

By FAR the best way to attract wildlife to your garden is a pond.  Dig a small pond and borrow a bucket of water from a neighbour's pond and you'll be knee deep in wildlife in a few weeks.  Insects will attract birds pretty fast.
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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 09:17:47 AM »
I think those goldfinches have migrated to Surrey Jonathon, we've had more this year than ever before. A small pond is a good idea, especially if you want to attract Herons, we've got one that is only 5 foot square and in the really hard weather we seem to attract a couple of the birds from the Thames just down the road. One in particular sits on the shed roof eyeing up the goldfish almost salivating, but the fine netting frustrates him. :doh:

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2011, 05:27:12 PM »
   Yes to the pond thing.
                                      Wifey dug one a couple of years ago (I was busy sipping Pina Coladas.), Filled it with collected rain water, bung in a few oxygenating plants and half a dozen of those water snail thingys.
                                      Last year we had frogs, two common newts, water boatmen and all manner of things, which in turn attracted the burds!
                                      Next door has one of those hideous souless "Japanese" ponds in which he keeps his Koi carp. This year I intend indulge in a bit of one upmanship by sneaking down to the river gardens in the small hours and "liberating" a pair of mateing swans.
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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 05:44:22 PM »
Thanks for all your advice, the feeder was moved nearer the conifer & the table nearer the apple tree. Yesterday i spotted a couple of young sparrows on the table & today a couple of gold finches on the feeder filling up on sunflower hearts, just the beginning i hope.
I've not gone as far as digging a pond, too much physical activity involved!!!

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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011, 08:23:09 PM »
  There seem to have been a lot of sparrows about this year, as I believe they were becoming something of a rareity.
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Re: Garden Birds
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2011, 08:41:55 PM »
  There seem to have been a lot of sparrows about this year, as I believe thaey were becoming something of a rareity.
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