Bird Feeding!

Forest65

First Team Squad
Just having a breather after digging out a huge hydrangea and thinking I can hear a Golden Oriole, Birdnet was even fooled, Starlings are very good mimics.
 

Forest65

First Team Squad
Time for the cat barricades again, the Blue Tits are nesting right outside the door, was sure I had blocked all the holes within the cat's reach.
 
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Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
I have just spent a few minutes having a cup of tea on the patio, watching a couple of greenfinches darting in and out of the old conifer hedge.
We haven't seen many greenfinches over the last couple of years.
Hopefully, they are nesting in the dense conifer hedge, and will raise a brood.
 

Lard

Banned
First cuckoo this morning, Swallows and Martins in the village, no Swifts yet though.
Waiting for the Martins to return , Alot of Birds at the reserve have beaten records for their arrival this year , House Martins and Swallows usually return late March early April and hang around until mid October until the last record sightings.

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Buildabonfire177

Your name vill also go on ze list
Had some blue tits in and out of a wheelbarrow I have in the garden earlier, it’s full of scraps of artificial grass?

Unsure what the attraction was but they were double busy back and forth ?
 

Lard

Banned
Had some blue tits in and out of a wheelbarrow I have in the garden earlier, it’s full of scraps of artificial grass?

Unsure what the attraction was but they were double busy back and forth ?
They will be using the plastic crap to line the nest probably, I would put them in the bin.

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Lard

Banned
Been doing well in the garden of late , The Reed Bunting comes daily and the Bullfinches have been back today , Greenfinch, Chaffinch and a Rook making a rare appearance.
The Blue and Great tits are both nesting in the boxes .

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Tiff

Matchday Squad
Was fishing yesterday and an osprey from Rutland swooped over for a feed , made a hell of a racket when it dropped in the water.


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Forest65

First Team Squad
Extra treat this evening, sat on the sofa staring out the window, Tawny Owl swoops right past the window, lands on top of a post just outside and sits there staring straight in for a couple of minutes before flying off.
 

Lard

Banned
Extra treat this evening, sat on the sofa staring out the window, Tawny Owl swoops right past the window, lands on top of a post just outside and sits there staring straight in for a couple of minutes before flying off.
Jammy bugger

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Lard

Banned
Spotted my first Swallow yesterday, It was at a garden I visit and they back onto a farm and they visit every year but they are at least a couple of weeks late.
Also had a Wren in my garden.
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Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
Has anyone heard the call of the cuckoo yet?
In the Vale we usually hear them by the end of March/early April.
Not heard one yet this year.
And on the subject of owls, which ones are we hearing?
One sits in the big ash tree at the end of our garden going “twit”and another over to the woods responds with a “two”.
 

Forest65

First Team Squad
Has anyone heard the call of the cuckoo yet?
In the Vale we usually hear them by the end of March/early April.
Not heard one yet this year.
And on the subject of owls, which ones are we hearing?
One sits in the big ash tree at the end of our garden going “twit”and another over to the woods responds with a “two”.

Been hearing them for weeks, but I am a bit further south than you.
Tawny
 

Buckaroo

axe to grind
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Lard

Banned
The price of Sunflower hearts !
I am out , They can have normal seed Sod them.

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Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
There was an osprey flying over the Portland fishing lakes yesterday.
And a red kite (common as sparrows round here they are).
And a 5 feet long grass snake was swimming in one lake, right next to my swim.
And then today we watched a peregrine falcon in a huint/kill dive into a field near home.
 

congo_red

Ale ape.
I put up my first bird feeder (for seeds) in the garden over a week ago. One of those with a cage around that lets through small birds but keeps pigeons and squirrels out.

Had it's first visitors yesterday, nothing out of the ordinary, just a couple of wrens (and a pigeon did swoop in and hoover up the seeds that fell to the floor).

Just wondered if you experts had any advice on if seeds are the best option - and should I look to add additional feeders for nuts and/or fat balls? I'm a complete novice at this, just trying to make my garden a bit more animal/insect friendly.
 

Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
We put out sunflower hearts which are very popular and peanuts. Niger seeds for the goldfinches, although they prefer the sunflowers. I'd just put out what you think and see how popular they are. Not had much success with fatballs at ours.

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