Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:59
thanks for all those tips for bird food. we've just moved to a house in the country and the first thing my partner did the first day we were here (before we'd even unpacked!) was to go out and build a bird table. I was so surprised and delighted. He used scrap wood and an old wooden pole and a load of wooden childrens building blocks of london buildings to edge it! He drove me all over the countryside to get bird food and equipped teh table with 4 different hanging feeders. He then spent the next 2 days getting quite frustrated that no bird came anywhere near it. Day 3 our first visitor was a curious robin, soon followed by coal tits, great tits, grren finches and even the odd crow! The robin has been joined this week by a mate. Presume its a breeding pair. Can't tell the difference between male and female robins, as they look the same. We spend hours watching them at meal and tea break times and it is a transforming experience.
The only downside was coming out last week to find a dead greenfinch hanging by its leg in teh metal feeder. This was a silver metal peanut feeder with twist on top and bottom, much like a jamjar, the poor thing had caught its toe in the twist shit mechanism and had probably died of shock trying to free itself. Very distressing, I won't be using those feeders again. has anyone else heard of this happening, Had this happen?