Bird Feeding!

Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
Be prepared for rats too. We had a couple in the garden who'd dug tunnels, I had to get some bait boxes to deal with those. This evening our cat has had a young one which appears to have come from under next door's shed. I've made a concerted effort to stop food going on the ground too.

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Buckaroo

axe to grind
Pied Wagtail with a juicy caterpillar to feed its young, must be a nest nearby.

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Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
My desk is next to the French doors onto the patio.
There has been a pied wagtail hopping around just outside the doors every morning this week.
He is taking his share of the ants in the corner, accompanied by several sparrows.
 

congo_red

Ale ape.
Be prepared for rats too.

This has turned out to be sage advice. We hadn't had any in the time since I put it up - unless you count the 'rat with wings' (pigeon) that was swooping in to hoover up all the fallen seeds - but one has just shown up, bold as brass in the daylight today.
Rat trap now on order.
 

Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
This has turned out to be sage advice. We hadn't had any in the time since I put it up - unless you count the 'rat with wings' (pigeon) that was swooping in to hoover up all the fallen seeds - but one has just shown up, bold as brass in the daylight today.
Rat trap now on order.
Inevitable unfortunately. Get a cat, ours and a neighbour's have dispatched a few and a bait box from Amazon also helped. Sounds like we're over run with the bloody things, we aren't, but I've seen more recently than ever before. Just a tip, I'd take a photo but it's not poss at the moment. I bought some large plastic plantpot bases, drip trays if you like, and attached them to the bottom of the feeders. This stops a lot of dislodged seed from going on the floor. Also our feeders are hanging from a pole stuck in the ground. The little f*ers will climb up any pole to get to the food. An upturned funnel on the pole stops that.

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congo_red

Ale ape.
Inevitable unfortunately. Get a cat, ours and a neighbour's have dispatched a few and a bait box from Amazon also helped. Sounds like we're over run with the bloody things, we aren't, but I've seen more recently than ever before. Just a tip, I'd take a photo but it's not poss at the moment. I bought some large plastic plantpot bases, drip trays if you like, and attached them to the bottom of the feeders. This stops a lot of dislodged seed from going on the floor. Also our feeders are hanging from a pole stuck in the ground. The little f*ers will climb up any pole to get to the food. An upturned funnel on the pole stops that.

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I have a cat, but he’s an indoor cat, who has never caught anything larger than a spider. (He’s also been terminally ill for three years, so probably not fair to expect him to start hunting now…). Mine are hanging from brackets on 6ft concrete fence posts…nothing can climb that.
 

Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
I have a cat, but he’s an indoor cat, who has never caught anything larger than a spider. (He’s also been terminally ill for three years, so probably not fair to expect him to start hunting now…). Mine are hanging from brackets on 6ft concrete fence posts…nothing can climb that.
Yeah sorry forgot your cat wasn't well. You've got a less climbable set-up but rats are rats, there's not much they can't negotiate. Key is to try and keep the food off the ground then, or at least as little as poss.

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Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
Yeah sorry forgot your cat wasn't well. You've got a less climbable set-up but rats are rats, there's not much they can't negotiate. Key is to try and keep the food off the ground then, or at least as little as poss.

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As described.
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Arthur's Cape

Viv Anderson
So the wife and I have moved to Loch Lomond as wardens on a caravan site.

So far just from my caravan we have blue tits nesting in a box about 6 feet away. On the same tree there are a couple of tree creepers that regularly visit.
We did have a blackbird nest about 10 feet away but that was raided a couple of days ago by a crow type thing which took all the chicks.
We have great crested grebe and oyster catchers on the site beach.

It is a veritable treat I tell ya.
 

Forest65

First Team Squad
On our way back to Spain at the weekend, stopped at Gloucester services on the M5. Pied Wagtail feeding a chick right outside the window by the pond.
 

congo_red

Ale ape.
Yeah sorry forgot your cat wasn't well. You've got a less climbable set-up but rats are rats, there's not much they can't negotiate. Key is to try and keep the food off the ground then, or at least as little as poss.

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They’ve started nibbling the poison bait now, so they probably won’t be much longer for this world.

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Arthur's Cape

Viv Anderson
So the wife and I have moved to Loch Lomond as wardens on a caravan site.

So far just from my caravan we have blue tits nesting in a box about 6 feet away. On the same tree there are a couple of tree creepers that regularly visit.
We did have a blackbird nest about 10 feet away but that was raided a couple of days ago by a crow type thing which took all the chicks.
We have great crested grebe and oyster catchers on the site beach.

It is a veritable treat I tell ya.

To add to that, the wife has put some home made fat balls out and we now also have Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch as well as chaffinch
 

Dirk Furtull

John Robertson
That's the stuff I bought, did the trick until a couple more were spotted. Fortunately our cat had one and a neighbour's cat another. Seen no more since.

Missus and I were walking in the Kimberly area today and we saw the first red kite we've seen in this part of the world. I know there are a lot down south but not here, until today. Fantastic sight.

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Ste

Youth Team
there's 3 greater spotted woodpeckers that regularly feed on my neighbours feeder, load of sparrows, blue tits and great tits as well. Bloody pigeons too, although realised a few collared doves are hiding in the trees around.
A pair of chaffinches pop by every now and then.

No rats, think they get picked off by the foxes. Plenty of squirrels though, a couple of field mice and had a couple of hedgehogs hibernating in my outdoor furniture cover until I unwittingly disturbed them.
 

congo_red

Ale ape.
That's the stuff I bought, did the trick until a couple more were spotted.

Done the trick for me too. No sightings for four days now and the bait hasn't been touched for three. One of my neighbours, who has also spotted them ON his bird table and laid old school cheese traps for them, actually saw one keel over in his garden :lol:

I'm sure whichever neighbours' house (probably the one that borders the bottom of my garden, as they have branches piled up from where they cut a tree down, that look like perfect nesting spots to me) they've gone to to die will thank me for the rotting corpses later...

So far it's mostly been mostly wrens and a few sparrows on the seed feeder, but Mrs c_r did spot a brief visit from a green-backed tit. The suet balls get demolished daily by starlings and thrushes, there was also a blackbird who tried, but he couldn't get much out and resorted to feeding on any windfall on the floor, along with some wood pigeons and a dove.
 

Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
The fields where we walk the dogs were being mown for silage today.
Up in the sky were 3 buzzards, 2 red liktes, a kestrel and several gulls.
The raptors were being mobbed by corvids who nest in the trees in the copse beside the big field.
 

Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
The fields where we walk the dogs were being mown for silage today.
Up in the sky were 3 buzzards, 2 red liktes, a kestrel and several gulls.
The raptors were being mobbed by corvids who nest in the trees in the copse beside the big field.
 

T.B.T.

Forum Princess
Hey, bird people.

I’ve just found this fledgling woodpecker in the garden. I haven’t touched him but he’s been there for ages. Do I just leave him and hope he flies away?

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