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Starlings not migrating

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 06:28

I find that blackbirds are much happier with fruit and oats on the ground.  I get damaged apples from the farm shop and chop them up, I also buy raisins and sultanas when they're on BOGOF or similar, and then either porridge oats or an oat-based ground feed - we had over two dozen blackbirds in our garden at one time on a snowy day last winter 

 Why not spread some suet elsewhere nearby for a few days (a wide roadside verge or some agricultural land or common land etc) and get the starlings used to looking elsewhere?  Just an idea 

what kind of grit do the gardeners use in there potting soil?

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 06:14

I tried to get some earlier in the year from garden centres but everyone was out of stock so I ordered some Westland Horticultural Potting Grit from Amazon - it was £14.99 for 20kg including delivery - a bit pricey but when you take the delivery into account it seems ok.  It'll last me ages.  

It is very heavy tho' - I needed my OH to help me tip it into a small dustbin by the greenhouse.

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 14:45
Well yes some migrate to the UK for our milder winters and then leave to travel to north and east Europe to breed, what I should have explained is that the ones that breed here do not leave but do move about within the UK, generally speaking. They do not fly south for the winter.

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 07:02

 That's in the nature of living plants - they have roots and they grow.  If you want something that doesn't grow you need a fence, not a hedge 

Poision

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 06:59

Why are we talking about yew?  Leylandi is absolutely nothing to do with yew! 

However, Leylandi can be a skin irritant and there are some reports of it causing abortion in cattle if a lot is eaten.  IME most cattle would not eat much of a growing Leylandi, but if someone put prunings in their fodder they might well eat enough to cause problems. Some cattle just do not have much of a self-preservation instinct!

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 06:43

  Starlings don't migrate, but like other resident birds they do move about from one habitat to another at different times of year.  In your area they're likely to join a flock which will roost in reedbeds for warmth as the weather gets colder - in fact after yesterday it may be happening, but starlings love suet so while you keep offering them their favourite meal why should they leave? - if you stop putting out suet-based feed for a little while and put fruit and grains out for the other birds I think the starlings will head off and look elsewhere,

We'll be heading for Kesteven South for Christmas - family there are plagued by jackdaws - But it's the area where I see more Song thrushes than anywhere else 

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 06:38

Starlings love suet - if you stop putting out suet-based feed for a little while and put fruit and grains out for the other birds I think the starlings will head off and look elsewhere, but while you keep offering them their favourite meal why should they leave?   In your area they're likely to join a flock which will roost in reedbeds for warmth as the weather gets colder - in fact after yesterday it may be happening 

We'll be heading for Kesteven South for Christmas - family there are plagued by jackdaws - But it's the area where I see more Song thrushes than anywhere else 

planting potatoes

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 06:29

I think you may mean Marabel - they're a commercial variety and probably only available to commercial growers in large quantities, but here are contact details, you can try your luck http://www.eurogrow.co.nz/varieties/marabel

I don't think Welshonion was casting aspersions upon your gardening ability, but as was said the methods practised by large agricultural growers are somewhat different to those usually practised by gardeners and commercial varieties are developed to perform best under those conditions.  However, for all we know you may have knowledge and experience of largescale agricultural methods (I'm probably not the only board member with a potato farmer in the family), and even if you don't you are of course, free to give them a go.  It would be interesting to hear how you get on.  We can all learn from others' experiences.

If you can't get seed potatoes from a supplier I understand that Asda sometimes stock Marabel so you could get some from there, but they may well have been treated with a chemical to prevent sprouting.  This is not always done so you could try asking Asda for their product spec. 

underground slugs

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 06:04

Can you describe the little horrors for us, or even post a picture?

 And are they eating the roots or the tops of the shrubs?  

And what sort of shrubs are we talking about? 

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 07:12

Yes I agree, cut them right back, they'll shoot again from the base. 

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