Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:30
I'm afraid I have upset all the birds which normally come to our feeders!! Our previously huge fig tree offered cover and convenient perching near the feeder pole - but it got hugely overgrown as I had been unwell and unable to prune it for a year or two. Now it is cut right back and the feeders are too exposed! The birds do pop in for a quick bite and are then gone, rather than lots of them sitting around happily - oh dear, I hope they will forgive me when the fig begins to grow again in the Spring.
The other feeders in an obelisk I have had to give up temporarily because of the squirrels. Doesn't matter what I do, from various 'squirrel proof ' feeder (which aren't) to prickles on the obelisk bars, to addition to the feed - nothing has helped - they can get through a good kilo of feed a day if I put it out. I am hoping to do something with chicken wire to cover it - I assume that any hole around the same size as a nest box hole will allow the little birds in, and possibly, though not probably, keep the squirrels out - we will see!