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06/04/2014 at 17:39
I never realised it was the sparrows that made all the morning noise! The crows may move them on but they are very noisy indeed! I suppose there is nothing I can do to encourage
them to move to the trees further away? I have three cats and that doesn't do the trick for getting any birds to move along!
Are there any quiet morning birds I can encourage? and if so, how ?
Also, is it still worth putting bird boxes up for this years nesters? or have I left it too late?
Mandy
06/04/2014 at 18:00

You are lucky to get the birds into your garden and with three cats!  I love listening to the birds, and watching them.  The sparrows inhabit the honeysuckle at the bottom of my garden in the summer and bring the babies to feed from the feeders I have hanging around.  The blackbird is lovely to hear in the morning and late evening, watch out for him.  I always leave cut apples out as they love them.  The starliing is a messy eater and a bit of a bully but great to watch, so I would make the most of them when you can and enjoy their noise!

06/04/2014 at 18:34

I'm in North Devon and I just love my garden birds ( well most of them ) We have lots of sparrows and even though they wake up early , I just love to hear the birds singing in the morning.

I agree with WD about blackbirds. Mine are constantly foraging for snail/ slug eggs and even though they toss stuff onto the paths, I love them. 

I'm not keen on the crows as they steal chicks from nests. We have a dairy farm nearby and we're inundated with starlings in winter, but they've moved on now.

06/04/2014 at 18:57

Mandy........I think it's what is known as the dawn chorus.................perhaps you could encourage some of the Owl species............they will tend just be noisy at night.

 Bird boxes may encourage these noisy creatures so best not to risk it.  I don't think we do "designer" birds yet...........ie those that sing only at the whim of humans..

 Tho with 3 cats, it's probably best you don't encourage any birds into your garden..........quiet or not.............that way, maybe there will be a few more birds for those of us who enjoy them.....noisy or not. 

Sorry but it was a bit of a stupid question 

06/04/2014 at 19:12

Oops............on reflection I think perhaps Mandy is a WUM........ which we have just fallen for ............no one can be that silly in real life can they

06/04/2014 at 21:13

Humans are far louder  and annoying ,cars ,fire works ,and that's in the early hours .enjoy the natural noises of this earth ,bird song or squawk is beautiful.

06/04/2014 at 22:15

What is a WUM?

06/04/2014 at 22:15

Friend from Dulwich.  Quite close to Eltham.  Sadly sparrows all but disappeared from around here when the council closed the way in to lofts etc.  My wife and I would lie awake, listening to their chatter.  Starlings were also great loft nesters.  Althogh I haven't heard one yet, this year but.  Year after year, wrens have nested in the ivy on the house next door.  Believe me.  The saying.  'It's always the small ones that make the noise'  The wren is such a noisy one in the morning.  Cockney sparrow.  I believe this comes from East End slang.  Relating to the market traders barrow boys.  Ere come me ol' cockney sparrow, wiv' 'is market barrow.

06/04/2014 at 23:11

It is a grief to me that neither sparrows nor starlins nest behind my fascia board after "improvmeets".  all so lively and characterful , and great to hear squabbling and chattering tho I admit it is very early in the morning.  I have not seen a sparrow hotel for sale yet tho outside my bedroom window is ideal as they apparently prefer an east facing wall.

07/04/2014 at 06:18
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