Posted: 23/09/2013 at 16:56
My dad gets song thrushes in his garden in the next village, had one in mine and I live just a few hundred yards from M1! He puts feed out all year round, mealworms etc., as well as seed for goldfinches and others. He also has mature trees and shrubs around I think that might help.
Despite close proximity to the motorway, we still get fieldfares, redwings and waxwings coming in, we have sorbus and pyracantha, which they love, plus hawthorn and rose hips. I think we just must be on a migration route. We also get a sparrowhawk on a regular basis.
Regarding housemartins, we see swifts high over head, but we put a bought housemartin bird box up a few years ago with no success until this year. However the occupant wasn't a housemartin but a collared dove!!! Comical the way it squeezed itself in and out, much to the amusement of us and our neighbours. It raised two broods though .
I think I spend too much time at the kitchen sink! Good luck everyone.