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Worth buying a bird table?

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by Donna3939, May 19, 2017.

  1. Donna3939

    Donna3939 PetForums Member

    Nov 28, 2010
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    Hi everyone,

    I have a bird feeding station with feeders containing sunflower hearts, seed mix, nyjer seeds, suet blocks, peanut butter (bird) holders, suet bits, fat balls and peanuts.

    I'd also like to buy a table for the likes of blackbirds but was wondering if it'd be worth the purchase? The ground feeding birds tend to eat the scattered food on the floor anyway however there are cats in the area and I'd like to give them a safer option of feeding at a height.

    My question to you is : if it were you, would you go to the expense of buying a separate table or do you think you'd have enough in place already?

  2. sarybeagle

    sarybeagle PetForums VIP

    Nov 4, 2009
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    Personally I'd say that's enough. I've two bird feeding 'stations' and a hanging bird table off of one hook.
    Our blackbirds and sparrows love to feed son the ground, I did consider a ground feeder style dish but I thought it's no better than the food on the ground anyway. They make mess with the food so it goes everywhere.

    We get lots of cats on the estate and only a small garden so I've made all the bird feeders in the middle of the garden, any cats trying to sneak up have no way of getting them. Plus the dog goes nuts if a cat comes in so they often feed with Mooky knowing it's safe.

    Could you make a simple try style feeder? X
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  3. jill3

    jill3 PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    We have cats but for the ground feeders i put their food in a mesh ground feeder tray high up on a pergola. Also you could nail one to a fence. Robins use this too.
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  4. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

    May 2, 2013
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    If you are good at DIY I'd suggest making one.
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  5. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    I have a feeding station with various hanging feeders, a seed tray and a water tray.

    A ground tray

    A small hanging table with roof

    A large bird table (with a roof) that I made myself :)

    And a squirrel but feeder, with hinged lid! :p:D

    A large bird bath and 3 other water bowls/trays (one on the large bird table)

    I like to cover all bases! :D
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  6. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Apr 13, 2010
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    I suggest a bird table as well, Donna, perhaps a bit away from the hanging feeders, like mine are.
    I have a pole with hanging feeders on it on the grass & a bird table on the patio. I also put food on the patio. We get a lot of Rooks here so our bird table has mesh all round it to stop the Rooks gobbling everything on it, but they also eat everything on the hanging feeders. I know they have young to feed too & when not breeding need to eat themselves, but they are a constant pain.
    I have water pots & a bird bath too.

    Pesky Corvids.
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