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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 29-11-2018, 14:52
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We seem to get them all here, probably because we are in The Weald, goldfinches, sparrows, robins, bluetits, great tits, bullfinches, chaffinches,...... Then ground feeders like blackbirds, woodpigeons, collared doves., etc. Sadly, a sparrowhawk takes the occadional one out, but that's nature.

Occasionally, squirrels try to tip the seed into their mouths by tilting the squirrel - proof cages, but they fail because they are too heavy.

Yesterday, a great spotted woodpecker returned and balanced on the cage exterior and poked his long bill through the rails to get at the seed. Priceless.
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Same here on the Isle of Wight except the Bullfinches! We also had Yellowhammers regularly when we first moved here 6 years ago but they have disappeared over the past couple of years. We have a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers who are hilarious as they hang on the peanut feeders and peck away through the wire mesh. A couple of months ago we started seeing a hen Pheasant in one corner of the garden. She came every morning for a couple of weeks but then disappeared! She must have seen the glint in my eye!!!

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We have the big bird table in the garden.

Today Hans made 2 special feeders for 2 windowsills. Inside is fat, flour, sunflower seeds and porridge oats made into a pie. This is specially for the great tits and blue tits, but I bet the sparrows will soon learn what to do.

Hopefully they won't be bumping into the window and injuring themselves or worse.
We were very upset the other day, we don't have robins about here often and one had crashed into the window while we were out and we found it dead when we came home.

We have some feeders that stick directly onto the window glass by way of suckers. I was dubious about them but they have been very successful. I feared that birds may fly into the glass but that doesn't appear to have happened. The feeder is transparent so if you stand very still you get a close up as the birds feed. It's mostly Blue Tits that feed from them but Greenfinches occasionally bully their way in as well.

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We had one of these and they make for interesting viewing.
One can almost cuddle up to the bluetits.


Sadly a pidgeon took to sitting on the top for a s a resting perch and eventually its weight broke it.
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