Poor pollination. Plants need to be in a block, not a line, to give the best chance of wind pollination, the bigger the block, the better. Even with my block of 9 x 7, the ones on the edge do not get pollinated as well. The best cobs come from the middle of the block.
Just had a cloudburst here. A warm fire beckons.
It took a while for some birds here to adapt to a new feeder. The robins were definitely left out, until the nuthatches arrived. The nuthatches cling to the house wall, then hop on the feeder. The robins do the same now.
Funny that, I had a lying sod on the phone from Bangalore. Said he was from microsoft and their server could see that people were trying to hack me. Except I dont have microsoft.....
Don't ring me.. I'll ring you.
The other thing about the big squirrel buster, is that it holds about 3 kg of sunflower seed hearts and it doesn't clog up. It last a couple of weeks without filling, so if you go away , the birds still get fed.
I think that if you work it out per year, the metal ones work out cheaper in the long run. I found that cheap ones only lasted days in some cases. They were then chewed up, dropped on the ground, and dragged into the woods. The first year I spent a lot on plastic feeders. Forget the net bags of nuts, they shin along the washing line and drop the lot on the lawn.
This is a meripac squirrel baffle.
I originally had it on the feeder station as show, but adapted it to the scaffolding pole it is now on.
You can see its been chewed a bit around the edges. Mostly the squirrels just shin up the pole and bang their heads. Sometimes they will manage to get front paws on the baffle edge and try chewing. when they let go with their back feet, it tilts and they fall off.
Plastic feeders are a waste of time and money.
The nut and seed feeders I use are droll yankees, they are that distance from the table so that pigeons cant empty them. Its also there because its just far enough away from any launch points like shrubs or trees.
They do a thistle seed feeder for the goldfinches too.
this is the squirrel buster plus as it is now.
this is mine which is about 15 years old. Its looking a little worse for wear now, but being tight I spend the money on bird food not the feeders. The top screws off to fill, but one of them worked out how to do it, so the clip holds the lid down. The poles sticking out have been replaced by a ring in the new version. Expensive to buy initially,( except I won it in a competition), but when it finally dies , I will replace with the new version.
I use a baffle cone on a pole to stop them shinning up. I also have a squirrel buster large seed feeder on a hanging basket bracket. The bird cage type keep larger squirrels out but I found that the babies could get in.
Rosemoor, North Devon , mid October.
They smell divine.
If its not having a very heavy crop, has it lost one of its pollinators?
Bramleys need two pollinators or they will not set a good crop.