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  1. #11
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    When you do, try to get the bright shiny seed. We used to have flocks of them, but we changed suppliers and they didn't like the new seed at all (dull, slightly brownish)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    When you do, try to get the bright shiny seed. We used to have flocks of them, but we changed suppliers and they didn't like the new seed at all (dull, slightly brownish)
    I just get one of those big 5.99 bags from the poundshop, two last the year out till summer, pheasants get what gets spilled, never thought of specific seed for different birds, are there particular seeds worth getting for other things?

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    Like you Ohanzee I had feeders going for years but never seen them, it was only after friend told me about niger seed attracting gold finches I decided to buy some, within weeks of putting niger seed out I was seeing some then the numbers increased.
    For whatever reason I get 2/3 some days but as many as 8/10/12 on other days?

    Al

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    Had some on the Niger seed last year , but nothing on it this year. Loads of sparrows but not a lot else yet.

    Will have to wait till it gets a bit colder I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    I've read lots about sparrow hawks using feeders as easy food but ��I've never had any problems with them.

    @cap'nfishy yes the goldcrest in particular are easily frightened even the af noise of the camera scares them away, I've only got a standard nikon 18/55mm lense I'd like to get a good 200mm lens but at 4/500 I'm not in a hurry to buy one.

    I get a visit from a pair of coal tits they appear to be eating the heart of the seed, they collect a seed then sit under the shrub removing the shell.

    @Sawyer I've seen a wire mesh/guard? around a feeder to stop the hawks getting the birds, if you want i could take a photo of it and you could maybe make something similar?



    Al
    For Xmas the kids have bought my Wife a set of 4 feeders all with cages, it was mainly to discourage the Squirrels but may help with the predators! We have been growing a privet hedge in the middle of the back garden to act as a screen & have stretched a line above that & hung the feeders of the line. As a result most times the Sparrowhawks come round the birds on the feeders drop down into the hedge (it is quite comical as after a couple of minutes a series of heads keep bobbing up & down out of the top of the hedge). The Hawks are quite content picking up the ground feeders who are mopping up the seed off the floor.
    In honesty I quite enjoy the Hawks visiting, we are feeding the birds a easily obtainable diet so you would assume survival rates of their brood would be higher therefore the Hawks are just reaping some of the bounty. My Wife was annoyed though when they took the 2 robins from this years brood that she had been taming, they were happily taking food from her hand, & it was a real pleasure when going outside this Summer to have them sitting on the arm of the chair "telling you" they wanted feeding.
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    I wish we still get nowt in the garden and we live on the village green.
    Grandad Noel

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    I wish we still get nowt in the garden and we live on the village green.
    Hi Noel do you put anything out for them?
    Birds soon learn where they are and will make regular visits to your feeders.

    Al

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    Al we have been feeding birds from the same spot since we built the house 24 yrs ago we just don't get anything but I persist in putting the feeders out.
    Grandad Noel

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