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Brown Patch under Bird Table

Looking for help please, I put up a bird pole about 3 weeks a go and now there's a scorched patch under it, had a Google and can't see any explanation other that rodents or other small animals but there is no damage to the ground other than the yellow grass. I did read somewhere that sunflower seeds can damage grass is this what it is? It also seems to be a fairly perfect circle could it just be the shadow of the dish? Long term I plan on putting a path in, both to preserve the grass and too make it easier to clean up the mess but just wondering if anyone had any temporary solutions or if I just have to put up till I have time/money to out in a path. (Ignore larger greener patch I know what caused that human error) 

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,949
    Questions: are you sure the bare patch wasn't there before you put the pole in, but have only noticed it now? Have you had any visiting dogs? Something might be peeing against the pole. Urine can do that to grass.
  • GardenAmateurGardenAmateur Posts: 75
    edited April 2018
    Positive patch wasn't there before, my sister's dog made a brief appearance 10 days ago he peed all over daffs not pole... 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    birds do that to grass in their constant quest for food, some of which always falls to the floor. I'd rather have the birds than a perfect lawn. I'd hate to have a perfect lawn
  • nutcutlet said:
    birds do that to grass in their constant quest for food, some of which always falls to the floor. I'd rather have the birds than a perfect lawn. I'd hate to have a perfect lawn
     I started feeding birds by accident because of the cold snap then realised I had to make it permanent as they will waste energy looking for food , but it's lovely to see them(not the pigeons) , you'd love my lawn it's a complete mess, if it's nothing more suspicious than the birds I'll worry no more I do seem to have a lot of ground feeders
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,949
    You could put a plate attachment under your feeder to catch the bits. If it is as Nut says, it might stop the birds creating a brown patch, or not. You can do amazing things with hanging baskets and chicken wire.
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