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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!
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.
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
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
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.
What is a WUM?
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.
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.