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Please don't put fatballs out in the pastic mesh they come wrapped in as birds can get tangled in them. Tip: If you put fatballs and other suet feeds in the fridge they last longer. Try moving your feeders superbrill, if they are too near a bird box it can cause problems, also birds like to have some trees/shrubs nearby the feeders so they can duck back under cover if predators show up. I have a dog and also a regular visiting sparrowhawk but it doesn't seem to put the birds off for long
I have blue tits in my bird box, and had blackbirds in my bay shrub,the magpie got the baby blackbirds and they have now gone, also had a baby pigeon that died overnight probably somebody's cat. any ideas how I can protect the birds better. ps the bluetitis seem ok but I have seen a sparrow trying to get into the box is this normal ?
We have had Great Tits nesting in one of two nestboxes I made, every year except one for the 11 years we have been at this house. We also have quite regular visits from a Sparrowhawk, in fact I got as close as two feet away from him when he was on our fence, before he dropped down into next doors garden - and then continued to stare me out from between the hedge!!. The G.T`s also use either box as a roost over winter. It is brilliant to watch them working so hard when building the nest up and see the fledglings go. After being sure that neither box is being used after fledging, I take them down and give them a good scalding with hot water, and a bit of disinfectant. Let them dry thoroughly and put them back up ready for winter.