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Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:51

My blackies haven't been in the garden quite as much as other birds yet, mainly because they've been stripping all the cotoneasters. Last year was a good harvest for them - judging by the amount of mini cotoneasters I have all over the place   

What we're really saying Oxana, is - 'if you build it, they will come'  

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:31

I use the suet blocks broken up for the blackies too and they also eat the no mess mix. They love a bit of apple as well when the ground's hard.  I put some bits of suet in the biggest border and they can have a rummage there. Encourages them to eat a few pests while they're in there 

Robins also like a bit of cheese Oxana - other birds do as well. I often put a little bit out when it's really cold. Remember to have water available for the birds as well as food, especially when ground's frozen or covered in snow. A bird bath or even a little dish of water will give them somewhere to drink and bathe. If you can provide 5 star facilities, more birds will turn up  

Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:16

Hellebore niger, one of my New Year's Day Flower Count  - not that I had many -taken on the day

Hopefully others will have a few pix if they did a count  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:11

Oh I wish my girls would wear them! They would both suit them, even though they're very different shapes and have very different taste in clothes. Oldest has a friend who always wears a black patent pair and they look great. She wore them all through high school. I was quite surprised that the 'uniform Nazi' (as I used to call the wumman in charge of school uniform rules) allowed it. She could be quite vicious  

I don't know if you'd suit the ballet dress doc...

I now have 'caulker's finger'...no tittering at the back. All gaps round hall doors, frames, skirting, light switches, sockets, shower room and children are filled in. If you stay still long enough, you'll get caulked

Thanks BL. I may post a pic of something just to boost it a bit for spring coming soon....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 15:44

Looking good Pat. Summer doesn't seem quite so far away now   

How do you stop your lettuce bolting in the heat? Or do you keep it somewhere cooler - is that even possible in your summers!  Mine was even bolting two years ago when we had a warmer summer. Or just 'summer', as most people would call it   

You'll be a good bit warmer than I was on Sunday 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 15:34

You've all been very chatty already! 

I got the afternoon off - not much doing as it's a holiday here anyway, apart from the person who faffed around before Christmas wanting samples done and a photo of them sent, which we did right away, then waited till this morning to order them - but wants them tomorrow. If she'd ordered them before we stopped for Christmas they'd have been done and sent and she would have had them last week.Not sure we even have post today. People are so disorganised. 

Hope you're better for your trip BL. Nothing worse than feeling lousy when you have to travel.

Know what you mean about the light for painting obelixx, but if I don't get on with it, it'll seem an even bigger chore to tackle, and will cut into garden and walking time.  I'm quite lucky because the back of the house gets a lot of light, and I can open all the doors to get plenty into the little internal hall which is where I'm doing most of the work. Your bathroom looks very nice. I like a sloping ceiling but it's not great if it's too low for your heads!  

Pat - I saw your 'sunny pix' on the Camera thread. Lovely to see them - makes spring seem a bit nearer. It reminded me - have we 'lost' the Garden Gallery thread for our garden photos though? There seems to be an awful lot of random picture threads. Perhaps we all need to take a current pic - perhaps of one of our New Year's day flowers - and post on it to bump it up 

Loved your little bird pic too, even if he was a bit blurry   Are they small birds or are your pokers very big - I couldn't decide!  He looked really sweet though. Nice to see something we don't get over here.  

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 14:43

Yeh - the little 'uns chuck out the stuff they won't eat. It's only an issue if you get invaded by wood pigeons! It's false economy though, the 'cleaner' mixes are well worth it. I used to make up my own mix but now I buy a no mess, and add sunflower hearts and extra suet treats in the coldest spells or late on in winter. If I can't get the no mess one, I buy a robin mix as they're quite similar and it gets snaffled up very quickly. 

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 14:29

That's the problem Dave - 'wild bird' mixes generally contain loads of wheat to fill them up and make them seem good value. They don't contain an awful lot of variety.  Swap to sunflower hearts, a better quality no-mess mix, or even a robin mix and you should see a difference. 

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:54

Snap - ish fidget! 

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:51

Hi Oxana - that mix looks predominantly wheat/barley, so as the others have said, it's not going to be attractive to the birds that mainly use hanging feeders. In my experience, all it does is attract pigeons. 

You might be better using a no mess mix, which will contain a better variety of foods like sunflower hearts, a variety of seeds and nibbed nuts etc, and like the title suggests, there's no husks so there's very little waste. There are often little bits of suet inthem too. I use one I get locally in Asda which is excellent, but most GCs and DIY stores stock similar products. You can add other things to attract specific birds as time goes on. You can get a 'robin mix' quite easily too, which is attractive to lots of bird types. 

It might seem more expensive, but it really isn't because the quality and uptake is better. The little birds like tits and finches will thank you for it  

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