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    Are you sending a coded message lard?


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    The mason Bees holes have been covered with mud since last July now hopefully some time in the spring they should hatch out. But its my first time so I hope it all goes to plan.


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    Red Kites are becoming the new Seagulls. You wouldn't like a Red Kite grabbing your sausage and chips.


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    I would! Then again I love gulls too


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    Quote Originally Posted by winnits View Post
    Anywhere near Marlow and there's loads of them circling the skies. Stunning birds. I nearly crashed so many times driving round there
    We have a narrow boat on the Thames at Oxford and tis a wonderful sight in summer cruising down the Abingdon stretch and beyond to see the Red Kites put on a air show just for us!


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    I think I am right in saying that while peanuts in the feeder are fine for most of the year you shouldn't include them during the hatching season.
    Apparently the parent birds take the peanut fragments back to feed to the hatchlings, and the hatchlings are unable to swallow the hard crumbs and can choke.
    If I am wrong I apologise...


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    3 pages on bird feeding. And they say football isn't a working class sport anymore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WeAreNottingham View Post
    3 pages on bird feeding. And they say football isn't a working class sport anymore.
    Its cos we're bored and we ain't had a new manager for a week.............have we?


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    Great news sports fans, 12th feb aldi have a load of bird feeding stuff in including these beauties...

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuy...15-02-09_13-54


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    I think I am right in saying that while peanuts in the feeder are fine for most of the year you shouldn't include them during the hatching season.
    Apparently the parent birds take the peanut fragments back to feed to the hatchlings, and the hatchlings are unable to swallow the hard crumbs and can choke.
    If I am wrong I apologise...
    If they're loose whole peanuts then probably not, but you should be alright in a cage type feeder. The mesh on mine is pretty narrow and far too small to retrieve a whole peanut, even if the b**tard squirrel often tries his best. You can buy peanut granules or specialist seed mixes for the breeding season and anyway if the adult bird is dumb enough to feed its chick a whole peanut then that's its own fault, they're bird brains.

    I've mentioned earlier in the thread that during the breeding season I like to purchase live mealworms and place them out in a bowl at regular intervals. They're available at pet stores and they are fairly cheap. I always go for the smaller ones that they stock for reptiles and such. They can be a buggar to store though as they're pretty mobile and crawl all over the place. They may need feeding to keep them active and if they're kept in a place that is too warm then they'll start to pupate and turn into beetles. The Robin never gives them enough time to get to that stage though

    *never buy the loose plastic mesh bags of peanuts. (the red and orange net things) The squirrel will just rip it open and then you'll have trouble with peanuts all over the joint. Get a dedicated peanut feeder.
    Another thing with peanuts is to always check they are not salted or dry roasted peanuts. They can also be high in a natural toxin, which can kill the birds, so buy from a reputable dealer or make sure the bags are marked free from aflatoxin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Foster View Post
    Great news sports fans, 12th feb aldi have a load of bird feeding stuff in including these beauties...

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuy...15-02-09_13-54
    I'm on that, mines just a cheap plywood one I knocked up out of spare bits.

    I walk around like everything is fine but deep down, in my shoe, my sock is sliding off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeAreNottingham View Post
    3 pages on bird feeding. And they say football isn't a working class sport anymore.
    The forum has a wide range of threads to suit all needs.


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    Our feeders have been gradually destroyed by squirrels so yesterday I just chucked some food on the back lawn. Included in that were three fat balls. All three had been taken whole, within 20 minutes, by rooks.

    Worth feeding them though. In amongst all the Wood Pigeons, Blackbirds, Sparrows etc we get a lot of Finches, a Blue Jay, a pair of Robins and a Green Woodpecker. Downside is the Sparrowhawk which is beautiful but lethal.

    Our cat just sits on the kitchen windowsill and watches them.


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    Knocked one together this morning out of spare bits of timber and stuck it up one of the olive trees. Hopefully where our cat Mildred can't get at it. Yes the cats called Mildred because the dog we brought here from the UK is called George.


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    Be careful with the bird boxes as I spotted these in a bird box In a Wakefield garden last year, Nasty fuckers they are but if left well alone they will gopretty quick.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27701591


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    We have a bird feeding station that is ladened with all manner of avian treats. I think sunflower hearts are the best all round option and find that goldfinches will prefer these over Niger seeds.

    Aside from the boring stuff like wood pigeons and magpies, regular visitors include goldfinches, green finches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, robins, chaffinches.

    We also get a pair of greater spotted woodpeckers that come every day and like to take the fat we have hanging inside a hollowed out coconut.

    More occasional visitors include nuthatch and jay. I've seen a sparrowhawk a few of times, though not for a while. My wife saw a barn owl fly through one night when up feeding the baby.

    We also have a couple of nest boxes that seem to attract blue tits. Unfortunately a woodpecker broke into one last year and took the eggs.

    Undoubtedly my favourite of all garden birds is the bullfinch. A couple of years ago we had a pair that would visit every day for about 6 months, but I've not seen them since. They're stunning birds.


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    Forgot to add, we also have a colony of ring necked parakeets in the area and have seen a dozen of these at a time in the ash tree at the bottom of the garden. Very pretty, but incredibly noisy and actually considered a pest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pippi View Post
    Forgot to add, we also have a colony of ring necked parakeets in the area and have seen a dozen of these at a time in the ash tree at the bottom of the garden. Very pretty, but incredibly noisy and actually considered a pest.
    Are you based "down south" ? As I have never seen them up north yet. Hearing they can be a problem.


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    I love ringnecks - I can well imagine them being a nuisance though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lard View Post
    Are you based "down south" ? As I have never seen them up north yet. Hearing they can be a problem.
    I live in Manchester. There's plenty here. First saw them last spring.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pippi View Post
    I live in Manchester. There's plenty here. First saw them last spring.
    Ah right , I have just read an article saying they are down south, Manchester and Edinburgh kind of hoping they don't spread across the Pennines

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/eart...ive-birds.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by lard View Post
    Ah right , I have just read an article saying they are down south, Manchester and Edinburgh kind of hoping they don't spread across the Pennines

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/eart...ive-birds.html
    We have a problem here with wasps and hornet's making nests in unwanted places. A can of hair spray and a cigarette lighter works wonders. You do have to be a bit carefully though, health and safety and all that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by frankwignall View Post
    We have a problem here with wasps and hornet's making nests in unwanted places. A can of hair spray and a cigarette lighter works wonders. You do have to be a bit carefully though, health and safety and all that.
    H&S in Greece I must admit I don't like wasps ref my Tree Bumblebee post #65, The guy was convinced they were wasps.


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    But wasps eat aphids though. I watched a programme where a guy bred them to use in greenhouses instead of using chemicals. Fuckers here will lift a piece of chicken off your plate if you are eating outside. The spider v wasp battles in the summer are more entertaining than some forest matches I've been to. That's not saying much I know!


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    Home Bargains has a pretty good bumper bag of mixed wild bird seed at the moment.
    Treated our garden birds to it plus bought a seed feeder for them (£1.99) and a tub of fat balls - 50 for £4.99.
    They need to get used to the new feeder, but the robins and the sparrows are already hammering away at the seed and fat balls that I put on the bird table.


 

 

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