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Who is on your bird table today?

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by Lurcherlad, Jan 4, 2015.


  1. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    I don't see it as natural though. I'm attracting the Sparrows to the food in the same place every day. That's not natural

    I've moved the feeder into the bush
     
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  2. Valanita

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    Thee are a few like that in the pannier market hall as well. They are pain.
     
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  3. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

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    We put wire netting around the bird table so the Sparrowhawk couldn't get to it, Only little birds can get in & the Starlings, but those are Houdini's. It also stopped the Rooks, Magpies & other larger birds from getting in as well. Which was good, as they scattered the food everywhere & gobbled it up before the little birds got a look in. I do put food on the patio too. blackcap male31j10001.JPG
    It looks a bit worse for wear here & is even more so now. I do have a new table to put out, but it needs the wire mesh.
     
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  4. Beth78

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    We had a heron in our garden this morning o_O
    Just wandering around.
    Beautiful creatures, love their little pony tails.
     
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  5. Lurcherlad

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    I agree but not when they pillage my fish pond! ;)
     
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  6. Valanita

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    One already ate all mine, so the pond is now for wildlife only.
     
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  7. Lurcherlad

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    Live and let live ;)
     
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  8. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Nice to see a starling on our various bird feeders this morning.

    I’ve lived here for almost 30 years and although have seen starlings at the farms or in fields none have come in to the garden even the ones that used to nest in a hole in a cottage nearby many years ago. Just the one bird but I’ve no doubt his mates will find out eventually and more will come. They've become quite a rare bird these days except during the winter when continental birds come over to escape the colder weather
     
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  9. Lurcherlad

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    Ok not actually on the bird table, but lying in bed I can hear an owl hooting :)
     
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  10. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    My Hedge Sparrow flock has grown a little and they are emptying the feeder in less than a week :eek:

    They are going to cost me a fortune :D
     
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    Oh I love to hear an owl!
     
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  12. Nadz1675

    Nadz1675 PetForums Newbie

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    sounds soo exciting! here, there's not so many interesting things to see :)
     
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    My Robin is back :) I’ve seen some either blue or great tits too, and it’s lovely. The Robin is pretty brave! Hopping down to the lower branches of my magnolia while Douche Dog is out and about exploring
     
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  14. Valanita

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    I have stopped feeding the birds here again, after seeing a rat on the patio in the early afternoon eating bird food. I stopped before because of this. I didn't feed the birds for most of the Spring/Summer. I know we are never far from a rat, but if I don't see them that's OK, but they shouldn't be out in the day & so I've seen it now, so can't un-see it, sadly.
     
  15. dancing

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    Nobody, but then it's dark. :)
     
  16. Lurcherlad

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    Possibly a fat rat though ;)
     
  17. dancing

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    Nobody to be seen when I went out. As soon as I came back in I heard the robin start to whistle. What a beautiful little voice he or she has. Also random squabbling noises from somethings I should be able to identify just from their squeakings but can't. They're there. They just don't want to let anyone know about it.
     
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  18. Valanita

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    As I said, if I didn't see them I wouldn't mind, but once seen not forgotten.:):(
     
  19. dancing

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    Coal tit, blue tit (could have been more than one of each, they move so fast it's hard to tell), two cock sparrows, and a fat grey squirrel that leapt up to the top of the tree with an "It wasn't me" expression... and then didn't actually go.
     
  20. dancing

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    Oh, not *that* kind of squeaking. Although that has been known to happen. It comes in cycles - when we can get away with it, we put food on the ground as well as in the hopper, for the benefit of blackbirds and such like that don't use the hopper, but after a while the rats notice and start coming in for their share and then we know it's time to stop putting food on the ground again because once you have one rat visiting you very soon have dozens of them. They do move on pretty quickly once we do stop, at least ours do. Funny thing, though, even when we've had daft young ones that have been running all over the garden, I've never heard them squeak.
     
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