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    • chickaroonee
    • By chickaroonee 18th Aug 13, 10:50 AM
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    Any keen bird feeders out there?
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    • 18th Aug 13, 10:50 AM
    Any keen bird feeders out there? 18th Aug 13 at 10:50 AM
    Just wondered really. We started feeding the birds last winter after we lost one of our (keen hunter) cats. I was amazed at the number of variety of birds who started coming, really quite quickly.

    We've seen several juveniles this spring and really looking forward to winter to see who visits again. I'm hoping the goldfinches come back as they were just beautiful to watch,

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    • Waterlily24
    • By Waterlily24 30th Jun 16, 1:51 PM
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    We feed quite a lot but are inundated by Jackdaws (the new Starling) and Magpies. Good job they go when full and the other locals can get a look in. I don't like it when a Sparrow etc hits the window but a Jackdaw is a whole new thing.
    Originally posted by peter_the_piper


    We've got loads of Jackdaws too, used to have Magpies but haven't seen any for a while. The Jackdaws are a pain with the food especially the fatballs. They try to land on the feeders but can't manage it but the food tumbles out of the feeders where they bash into them lol. We've only had Jackdaws for a couple of years though.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 30th Jun 16, 2:15 PM
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    Wizard, could you post a link to the seed you buy please? I've tried lots of no grow ones and always still have a mini meadow under the feeders. I've looked on the country wide website and can't find it. Thanks.
    Originally posted by Fay
    I had this problem for ages, especially with niger seed when the feeder pole was anchored in an flower border but now its anchored in a cylinder apike container in the lawn anything which gets missed by the ground feeding birds simoly gets shopped down by the mower.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 30th Jun 16, 2:20 PM
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    Wizard, could you post a link to the seed you buy please? I've tried lots of no grow ones and always still have a mini meadow under the feeders. I've looked on the country wide website and can't find it. Thanks.
    Originally posted by Fay
    I am sorry for the miss-spell, it should have been County Wide, I didn't realise until I saw your post


    I get mine from a local petfood shop as it arrives postage free that way and also it is easier to pick it up from them rather than hope to be in when it is delivered.
    The company that it comes from is called: Albert E James & Son Ltd and the website is w3.aejames.com/id7html, there is contact details there for ordering by phone or email but no online ordering as such.
    I get the VAM no grow, this time it was £19.50 for 15kg bag.
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    • Reen
    • By Reen 28th Jul 16, 7:30 PM
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    Hooray! Baby blackbirds in my garden, looks like 3rd time lucky for the pair here! I believe magpies have had the first two broods, there has been a dreadful racket of blackbird and magpie "shouting" twice, but it was all over by the time I got there.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 5th Aug 16, 4:34 PM
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    A very welcome addition to my peanut feeders!

    • cally6008
    • By cally6008 17th Aug 16, 12:04 PM
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    Lovely photo Gers, really clear.

    We've noticed a huge difference this month, definitely not as many birds visiting at the moment. Whilst it is saving me a fortune on fat balls and seed, I do miss seeing the birds.

    • Reen
    • By Reen 17th Aug 16, 2:07 PM
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    Same here, Cally, except for a greenfinch. That's a new one for us.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 17th Aug 16, 2:18 PM
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    My garden is full of birds still- goldfinches galore, chaffinches, siskins, two collared doves and endless little brown things!

    The peanut feeders are the main attraction for the various tits whilst the others are feasting on sunflower seeds and hearts.

    There's a lot of twittering and tweeting going on outside, it's lovely to hear.
    • Happygreen
    • By Happygreen 18th Aug 16, 2:16 PM
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    It's been a lovely birdie summer. I pondered on getting a cat for a while but I think I enjoy watching the birds more than a few granted cuddles at the moment!
    The Wrens and Warblers must live nearby the window where my desk is so there is constant distraction! Sparrows, too. A whole lot of swallows was chasing a sparrowhawk yesterday, quite a spectacle! The did not let up until he was truly gone, no hiding in the trees allowed! Mr pheasant has basically moved in, the chickens and ducks have accepted his presence in the meantime, even the cockerel has given up chasing him. Sad, though that he no longer has a lady to bring along, she must have been taken last summer.
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    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 4th Sep 16, 10:59 AM
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    I spotted long tailed T I T s at the suet blocks a few days ago

    Hopefully they'll become everyday visitors soon
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 8th Sep 16, 1:24 PM
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    The company that it comes from is called: Albert E James & Son Ltd and the website is w3.aejames.com/id7html, there is contact details there for ordering by phone or email but no online ordering as such.
    I get the VAM no grow, this time it was £19.50 for 15kg bag.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id

    I couldn't get your link to work but got it in through www.aejames.com perhaps page link has changed?

    Anyhow, thank you for the info
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 13th Sep 16, 11:50 AM
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    For those of you who are interested in birds and nature I've just discovered BBC Radio Norfolk's Countryside Hour. It's broadcast on a Monday night but is also available as a podcast. I've just listened to the 22nd August one where farmer Chris Skinner is in the studio, talking about nature and the birds who visit his farm. Apparently there are plenty of fresh berries available for them at the moment but they'll soon be back to our gardens when the temperatures drop! I hope that some of you enjoy listening to it, I've added it to my favourites
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    • Gers
    • By Gers 11th Oct 16, 4:44 PM
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    Some bird was caught the other day. Found this today after being away for a couple of days.

    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 11th Oct 16, 7:34 PM
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    Gers, that looks like your local sparrow hawk has been in action!
    • Gers
    • By Gers 11th Oct 16, 9:13 PM
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    Gers, that looks like your local sparrow hawk has been in action!
    Originally posted by Primrose

    Yes, I think so too. Just not sure of what it caught. There has been just one collared dove which I suspect - by the colour of the feathers - could be a goner. However, the feathers look a little small and fluffier than a dove, so I'm not too sure.

    Not any of the little birds I think. Such is nature. It doesn't seem to have put off the tits or goldfinches or green finches or chafffinches. Woodpecker has been seen. Hazelnuts vanishing daily though the squirrel has been more elusive this year than last.

    Was told today I've got a bat in my loft. Not sure what to make of that!
    • Gers
    • By Gers 14th Nov 16, 11:09 AM
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    The birds are really upping their eating rate! Two sunflower seed feeders are cleared in half a day. Nyger seed feeder empty in three hours and even the peanut feeders are being cleared at a much faster rate than over the summer.

    I'm now adding in apples and fat to the selection.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 14th Nov 16, 2:30 PM
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    I have attached a tray to the bottom of one of the seed feeders to catch the 'overspill', the birds won't feed from the tray but if I pour it all back into the feeder they gobble it up
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    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 22nd Dec 16, 11:01 AM
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    We get a lot of birds although they were a bit picky this year about seed. Then I discovered my seed had 'gone off' - I bought a huge sack reduced last year but with the mild winter it didn't get used as much. Have now bought fresh seed and the birds are back on it. Suddenly this year we've been getting a lot of jackdaws - just sitting high up in the trees rather than feeding, but interesting to see the numbers. We get all sorts of species, even a woodpecker once when we first put the feeders out after moving in. We do live near a large wood so not surprising although we've never seen it since - the crows imitate the knocking though, which did get me excited last year!
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 22nd Dec 16, 11:12 AM
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    It easy to forget that bird seed and nuts can go "off", particularly peanuts which can go rock hard and acrid. We used to buy in bulk but now try to buy more regularly to prevent this happening. it must be hard for the birds to need the food badly in winter and then try and eat it, only to find it's off. The seed feeders need regular cleaning too to prevent diseases spreading. Ours get a thorough clean every month, and more regularly if there has been persistent rain for a long period which can cause stuff to rot very quickly.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 26th Dec 16, 1:54 PM
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    We're in the middle of storm Conor here but it's not putting off the birds. The sight of them clinging to a swaying bird feeder is great to watch. Sometimes they can't land so do a sort of hover until the feeder swings back their way!

    Nyger seeds go first. The two sunflower seed feeders can be emptied in under an hour. Peanuts, of course, take longer.

    Still throwing out suet pellets and mealworms, apples and currants and the odd suet ball. I've got a tub of lard out there too which the blackbirds are attracted to although the littlier ones have a go too.

    Because it's so mild the water bath is fine for them and, because it's so wet I don't have to fill it up every day.
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