Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 9 to 16 of 25
Like Tree30Likes

Thread: Feeding wild birds in the garden

  1. #9
    Kirk is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    S Cambs/N Herts
    Posts
    1,418

    Default

    Feed them sunflower hearts and peanut bits and that is it.
    Find they ignore the sunflower hearts unless mixed with the peanut bits, bit odd.

    Get mine loose so it is usually 2 or 3 part peanuts to 1 part sunflower hearts.

    Need to build a new feeder for them soon. First need to check out the jigsaw for an internal cut for the design I use.
    burnie likes this.

  2. #10
    Aberdeenplotter is offline Gardening Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Mid Aberdeenshire
    Posts
    11,236

    Default

    I feed the blackbirds on purpose and starlings are self service. I put out suet pellets with mealworms and the blackbirds love them but once the starlings appear, the pellets are soon gone. I also put out halved apples which the blackbirds also love but the starlings ignore.
    burnie likes this.

  3. #11
    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Angus,Scotland
    Posts
    5,099

    Default

    Someone on tv reckoned Starlings are in decline, not noticed it around here, we seem to have more not less. Showed my 7 year old grandson a small murmeration recently, he was amazed.

  4. #12
    bikermike is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    North London frontier
    Posts
    1,265

    Default

    reminds me, the hungry little things have eaten most of the stuff I put out last weekend (seeds and peanuts), need to top up (and sort out the fatball feeder).

    Does it annoy anyone else when they fight over the stuff and chase each other off? I keep wanting to go out and make them wait their turn... Bluetits and Coaltits seem to be the worst offenders.
    Last edited by bikermike; 22-11-2018 at 10:03 AM. Reason: further random wibbling added

  5. #13
    DannyK is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Riddlesdown (S of Croydon)
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Don't forget feeding with plants.

    I purposely didn't prune the enormous ivy on the fence. Loads of wood pigeons and blackbirds.

    Callicarpa Profusion full of berries. Just seen first blackcap. Try to discourage other birds as only time we see blackcaps is on this shrub.

    Also have two feeders for sunflower hearts which are about 21 for 20kg on Ebay. Gave up on peanuts as squirrels kept breaking wire mesh and feeders gradually had to be shortened.

    Have got to arrange a baffle to stop squirrels and rats. Other problems are parakeets and feral pigeons that have learned to flap and hang on. Magpies seem to use same technique next door

  6. #14
    Small pumpkin's Avatar
    Small pumpkin is offline Gone Fishing
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Isle of Mull
    Posts
    9,636

    Default

    When I cut down my sunflowers down I tied the heads to the pear tree (bird feeding station). All the seeds disappeared. They were enjoyed by the birds or I'll have a massive sunflower invasion in the orchard next year. Either way it's good.
    Today I made some fat ball to hang in the tree tomorrow.
    burnie, Jay-ell and Jungle Jane like this.

  7. #15
    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Angus,Scotland
    Posts
    5,099

    Default

    Just an update now that the breeding season is upon us, don't put out whole peanuts as the adults will try to give them to the young which will choke them to death, same goes with chunks of bread. If these items are in a feeder and have to be broken up by the adult, then that is fine. I tend not to feed the birds once the frosts are over, probably at the beginning of April up here.
    Jungle Jane likes this.

  8. #16
    Scarlet's Avatar
    Scarlet is offline O'Hara
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Just over the bridge
    Posts
    18,614

    Default

    I've had to stop a few weeks ago due to unwelcome visitors....I even tried hanging them up on metal "tripod type" obelisks.
    But unfortunately the rats could scale that no problem.
    Jungle Jane likes this.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts