Posted: 04/12/2012 at 17:10
Instead of putting the peanuts in the wire cage type of feeder, they are in a little house-like structure, which means that they stay dry. The tits swipe a whole nut at a time and fly off to eat it. Shame insofar as we don't see them doing their acrobatics to eat the nuts, but at least they don't go mouldy, which was happening with the traditional feeders.
Sunflower hearts and mealworms - yes, the most expensive, but bringing in a wide range of blue tits, great tits, coal tits and long-tailed tits, as well as dunnocks, sparrows, robins etc. Blackbirds and thrushes enjoying the apples thrown on the patio, and we have seen one goldcrest (briefly) and - a first for us - a waxwing! Unusual in the west, I believe, so what that says about the winter ahead of us, I dread to think! But the birds are costing us a fortune! (And I don't begrudge them a penny).