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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.


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Like so many others we hang feeders and fat balls all around the garden and buy sunflower hearts in 20kg bags.

We've been too successful (is that possible? ) because the 'splash' from messy feeding is killing the lawn. I've tried moving the feeders about but all that does is kill the lawn everywhere.

I don't have a Plan B.

Still, the pleasure they bring us is priceless. Fresh grass seed next Spring.

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Like so many others we hang feeders and fat balls all around the garden and buy sunflower hearts in 20kg bags.

We've been too successful (is that possible? ) because the 'splash' from messy feeding is killing the lawn. I've tried moving the feeders about but all that does is kill the lawn everywhere.

I don't have a Plan B.

Still, the pleasure they bring us is priceless. Fresh grass seed next Spring.

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Could you put some stone flags around the feeding area?
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Full watering can and give the area water every day to dilute, it may then act as a fertiliser John.😃
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Hmmmm. Thanks, both, but..........

The stone flags will kill the grass even faster, and water dilution is a great theory in principle, except that we are on heavy clay and at this time of year it's like a quagmire.

Last year we kept off the grass until it was fit/safe to walk on.

I can't see a solution other than repair next Spring.
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Hmmmm. Thanks, both, but..........

The stone flags will kill the grass even faster, and water dilution is a great theory in principle, except that we are on heavy clay and at this time of year it's like a quagmire.

Last year we kept off the grass until it was fit/safe to walk on.

I can't see a solution other than repair next Spring.
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I didn't mean when it's already wet John, in the months when it's dry.
We don't have that trouble with bird droppings, we have feeding stations all over the plzce. just with not weather and no rain for months we have a sandy desert where grass should be.
First visitor to our window feeder at this very minute a great tit.
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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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Is that a small coconut Jan?
Yes Drew, we have them scatter about the garden (hanging on trees) front back and side.
Hans makes a huge pot of his birdie pie to fill them all with.

2 years ago we had a wonderful thing happen, every evening just before dark in the winter, a blue tit would come to roost in an empty coconut we had hanging at the window, we would wait for it every evening and it never ceased to make the heart flutter.
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Hmmmm. Thanks, both, but..........

The stone flags will kill the grass even faster,
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The idea of the flags, maybe a circle is to prevent damage to the grass and it would be a feature, and not a nuisance, obviously I have no idea of your situation as regards the garden, but it's what we did for the same problem, it's about 2 metres diameter.
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