has anyone got any birds feeding of there bird feeders at the moment?
We are very nearly all year round with birds in our garden, Starlings, blue tits, sparrows, black birds, jays, even some magpies, a woodpecker, sometimes a couple of wood pigeons and my favourite a robin. And a few i dont recognise We back onto fields and woods, some of the shrubs in my garden are very bird friendly, I feel very lucky to be able to watch these birds, but then it costs me a small fortune to feed them all!!
Ours have never slowed down! Mainly the hedge sparrows who live in the garden.
We've got a few goldfinches visiting the feeders, but they are never visited a lot at this time of year - the fields and hedgerows in the countryside are still full of seeds and most of the birds are there.
When the weather gets colder the birds move to the relative warmth of the sub-urban gardens and the bounty we provide for them.
We have pretty much the same amount of birds all year round
Mine slow down a bit in summer and eraly atumn when the farmers are harvesting and there are berries in the woods but since mid October they're getting through fat balls, mixed seeds and peanuts at an alarming rate.
Great to see so many around and they do provide lots of entertainment.
birds don't seem that bothered at the moment but the squirrel is gorging on bird food. He seems to have become immune to the chilli powder I add....must try a stronger one
My feeder is being ignored but more worrying is we are seeing around 6 resident magpies and dozens of crows and no sparrows or tits -
Multiple feeders in my sheltered mid-terrace garden offer peanuts, mixed seed and fatty/ meaty scraps to allcomers: blue tits and sparrows predominate, plus jackdaws, chaffinch and eight feral pigeons (they tidy up the spilt seed from the lawn and borders beneath the shrubs and trees). Being coastal, we have herring and black-backed gulls 'freeloading' on anything from stale pasta, curry or even chicken carcass remains put on the garage roof well away from the feeders!
I have several families of Goldfinch feeding from the Sunflower hearts at the bottom of the garden. They've been coming for ages and have gradually increased from 2 - 4 - about 12-14 of them now. Also have a Robin, some Bluetits and Chaffinch feeding from those feeders.
The Starlings come every day to eat the Fat Balls but they love the Suet Pellets and Mealyworms I leave on the bird table.
The finches haven't been very active on the feeders until a couple of days ago but now they are going down the sunflower seeds at at good rate. The blackbirds are back, running around as though it's spring and having lots of baths. The woodpecker has been absent for a few months but I'm expecting him back soon. The robin keeps putting in an appearance, I think maybe more than one. A pair of wrens keep grubbing in the hedge bottom. Haven't been able to judge how many sparrows, last year we got up to 13 but then the sparrowhawk sadly reduced their numbers.
On the down side the pheasant and his 3 big footed lady friends re-visited a couple of days ago, just about jumped out of my skin when it suddenly took flight, I hadn't seen it lurking behind the flower bed. Occasionally we get ducks from the nearby ponds, I can always tell when they've been
No starlings seen on the ground for years. Did have a pair of thrushes but not seen for a few months. Always have collared Doves and fat pigeons.
It won't be long before I'm out first thing with the bucket of hot water melting the baths for them. Brrrrr...