Posted: 23/02/2016 at 23:44
We used to get loads of magpies but they seem to have disappeared in the last few years. Recently we've started getting crows, jackdaws and occasional jays.
I have carried on regardless providing fat balls, peanuts, fat and insect blocks and loose seed but I use hanging bird feeders that swing in the wind and this deters the big birds. I don't put out the loose seed for ground feeders till about 10am now as I find the big birds have moved to the woods and fields to forage by then - except in freezing weather or snow.
We get the usual tits and sparrows, chaffinches, siskins, warblers, dunnocks, robins, blackbirds etc and greater spotted woodpeckers. There are gulls around at ploughing time but they haven't invaded the garden - yet.