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Where are all the birds ?

I normally get birds in my garden but this autumn and winter I have had hardly any, just a few blackbirds and pigeons.  I have bird feeders out dotted around the garden but no visitors. 

Where are they all ?

Will the food be ok to leave out (it is just seed and peanuts in feeders).  Been reading about the birds cake recipe on the other forum so may give that a try to try and tempt them.

If anyone can help I would be grateful cos worried.  Why are they boycotting me.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    There's a lot of natural food around still. They'll be round when they get hungry. I find the sunflower seeds and niger are attacked first, peanuts aren't really on the menu here yet.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I have sunflower hearts which they love, then they move on to seed, then nuts

  • It could be the rain as birds have to work a lot harder to keep the feathers dry,  I know that my birds only come when the rain eases off like just now,  it's been torrential most of  the day so the respite in it has brought them out by the flock,  no doubt as soon as the downpour starts again they will vanish,  if they get truly hungry they will have to put up with the rain and try for the food and hunger will over ride the need to feed,  just wish I could put brollies all over the garden for them image

  • I noticed that alot of birds are absent,more so than normal.Blackbirds in particular are noticeable by their absence .It is noticeable that the flock of black head gull s are missing from the common as are the pied wagtails,very few compared to what use to be.paranoia setting in about the lack of birds.image

  • I have regular visits from loads of tits, several blackbirds, sparrows and our robin. Pigeons abound, doves visit and roving mobs of starlings appear daily.

     

    Was somewhat surprised to see crows and a magpie robbing my fat balls earlier too!

  • I used to have blackbirds but this year can't think that I have seen any, but still have lots of sparrows and starlings that love to feed on the nuts, seed and any bacon fat that I put out.  With all this rain though the foods get wet through and if not careful mould appears, so have to remember to keep a check.

  • Ours mostly doesn't last long enough to get mouldy!

  • I think they have gone to your house steve.image

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,050

    I was also only thinking have fewer visitors than normal.

    Wood pigeons image are still here, but apart from the great & blue tits not many others yet. I can hear the robins & long tailed tits when am outside, but obviously enough food around for the time being. J.

  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    Business as usual here image.  Starling numbers increasing too.  Weather set to get colder so hopefully you'll all get more visitors then.

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