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Meshed bird feed cover – for sale. Can be flat packed for posting

Posted on August 1st, 2016 in Bird Tables and Bird Feeders by Trish

Hello Ellyn,

Here are the photographs of the bird feed cover that we have emailed each other about.  I am looking into posting prices to the USA.

If you decide on the other one that is fine

Here is some information.

This is a useful, basic cover which lets the smaller garden birds in so they can feed safely.

It keep out the larger birds and keeps the garden birds safe as they feed.

We do have a cover that can be put on when the weather is bad.

We have made it so it can be flat packed to make postage easier

If anyone else is  interested please get in touch

Trisha

email: birdtablenews@googlemail.com

 

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WEATHER PROOF BIRD TABLE

Posted on June 15th, 2016 in Bird Tables and Bird Feeders by Trish

If you are interested

Please contact birdtablenews@googlemail.com

 

This birdtable keeps bird food dry, keeps birds safe while feeding and keeps predators and larger birds off the b

This birdtable keeps bird food dry, keeps birds safe while feeding and keeps predators and larger birds off the birdtable

 

The low roof of the bird table means that only garden birds can get in. The other side has an opening that is big enough for blackbirds and thrushes to get

The low roof of the bird table means that only garden birds can get to the bird food. The other side has 3 circular openings that is big enough for blackbirds and thrushes to get

 

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These circular holes allow blackbirds and thrushes to enter the bird feeder

SPARROWHAWKS DO NOT LIKE THE COLOURS YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE

Posted on January 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized by Trish

I received this comment: –

Sparrowhawks do not like the colours yellow black and white.

I put a yellow high visibility jacket on one of my hens following a failed attempt to take her – touch wood seems to be working along with scary eyes on the shed roof.

Refective items made no difference s.h. took my only remaining fantail dove. Trial and error!

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Hello Paula, I’m so pleased you have tested this with trial and error. It is the only way isn’t it?

Yellow, Black and White. Interesting. What a lovely idea to put a yellow high visibility jacket on one of your hens. I can imagine it strutting around.

Scary eyes on the shed roof as well.  Brilliant, but I am sad that you lost your last fantail dove to a Sparrowhawk.  Where your other fantail doves taken by sparrowhawks as well.

I’ll put this as an article on Bird Table News. I could help other readers as I know how difficult it is to  feed birds when sparrowhawks are around and how many garden birds get killed by sparrowhawks.

 

Covered Bird Feeder for sale – Hand Made in Britain

Posted on December 16th, 2015 in Bird Tables and Bird Feeders by Trish

Safe from the weather

 

WE STARTED MAKING COVERED BIRD FEEDERS FOR OURSELVES A FEW YEARS AGO. THIS WAS BECAUSE I WAS CONCERNED THAT SNOW WAS COVERING THE BIRD FOOD JUST MINUTES AFTER I HAD PUT IT ON THE BIRD TABLE.  IT IS A NEW IDEA THAT BIRDS ACTUALLY FEED INSIDE A BIRD FEEDER, BUT IT WORKS.

THE MESH IS 50ML SQUARE AND SO ALLOWS BIRDS FROM WRENS TO BLACKBIRDS TO FEED INSIDE. THEY SOON BECOME EXPERTS AT FLYING IN AND OUT OF THE WIRE MESH.

THE ROOF KEEPS THE FOOD DRY AND THE MESH ALSO HELPS KEEP THE ELEMENTS AWAY

WE FIND IT  ENTERTAINING TO WATCH THE BIRDS FEEDING INSIDE IT.   BIRDS HOP IN AND OUT ALL DAY, AND THEY DON’T FLY AWAY AS QUICKLY AS WHEN THEY FEED ON AN OPEN BIRD TABLE

ROBINS, BLACKBIRDS, SPARROWS, BLUETITS AND MANY MORE MIX AND MINGLE INSIDE THIS FEEDER

 

PEOPLE COMMENTED ON BIRD TABLE NEWS AT THE AMOUNT OF BIRD FOOD WASTED THROUGH ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SO WE DECIDED TO MAKE SOME TO SELL.  BELOW IS ONE OF THE COMMENTS

Hello Trisha – Thanks for your email.  I’m not surprised to find that I am not alone with my problem of wasted seed from the feeders and bird tables in wet and windy weather.  Like you I have always brought both my feeders in every night and I also change them round at noon so the birds have a fresh dry feeder to use.  I then pick out the congealed seed to throw away and, after cleaning the feeder and making sure it is dry, I refill the feeder and then put more food on the bird table.  I resent paying £26 for a 20 Kilo bag of seed where a lot of it is wasted.

 

I’M SURE YOU WILL FIND THIS BIRD FEEDER USEFUL AS IT KEEPS THE BIRD FOOD DRY AND ALSO GIVES BIRDS PROTECTION WHEN FEEDING.

IT IS WEATHER PROOFED WITH A PROTECTIVE COATING

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ORDERING ONE PLEASE CONTACT

Trish from birdtablnews.com

 

We have updated and improved this bird feeder – but take a look at the first one we made

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Bird Tables and Bird Feeders by Trish
A feeder that keeps birds and bird food dry. Shame the hanging bird feeder fell down!

A feeder that provides shelter to birds while they are feeding  and keeps bird food dry. Shame the hanging bird feeder fell down!

This is the first one of this type we made.  We have improved it and made small changes to it.

If you would like more information or are interested in purchasing a new, unused, updated bird feeder of this type then please get in touch

Trisha

birdtablenews@googlemail.com

WEATHER PROOF BIRD FEEDER FOR SALE

Posted on September 27th, 2015 in General by Trish

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This bird feeder will solve a lot of your bird feeding problems.

It keeps the birds sheltered from rain, snow, wind and freezing conditions.  Garden Birds can feed away from the bad weather.

The two side panels are mesh which allows smaller birds to get to the food.

This bird feeder keeps the bird food dry.  YES – A BIRD FEEDER THAT KEEPS BIRD FOOD DRY!

If you are interested and would like more information, details about price and any other information please contact me at

birdtablenews@googlemail.com

 

It is made in Yorkshire

Trisha

A Young Greenfinch Remembered?

Posted on September 26th, 2015 in Bird Eating Bird by Trish

 

 

The Power of the Internet! In 2011 Ashley wrote the comment below.  In 2015 Darren replied.

2011 from Ashley  –  Sparrowhawk attacks – I’m hunting for ways to stop these attacks also. I’ve read all your posts here and I’m feeling a bit deflated, but will not rest until I find the right solution!

I’ll try not to bore you all – Yesterday I opened my patio door for the cat to go out and straight away a greenfinch landed on the ground, fluffed it’s feathers-up and went to sleep. Needless to say I shut the door and kept the cat in.

I watched the bird a while and it was very happy. A young one. It woke up a little bit later and had a swim, a drink and some food and then left. Today it came back. It was happily drinking from the bird bath. A big bird swooped in. Immediately I thought it was a clumsy wood pigeon.

Of course it turned out to be a sparrowhawk and as far as I can tell it got the young bird. The young one was so dopey it would be very unlikely to have got away. Such a waste of a happy little soul.

Like a previous said about the number of birds they used to have – we used to have 50+ tree sparrows every day, feeding, bathing and drinking. Amongst others like the tits and finches. Now we’re lucky to 10 of any variety.

I’m wondering if I just stop encouraging the birds to come to our garden for a while and stop feeding them …

Ashley

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I replied –

Hi Ashley,   It is a problem when sparrowhawks descend on a garden.  I think there are more around than there used to be.

I don’t know what to say about stopping feeding the garden birds for a while.  It would stop them visiting your garden and so save them from the attacks. But would the sparrowhawk attack them somewhere else?

What with cats, hawks and freezing winters where food is scarce – our garden birds do well to survive

Have you thought of this Hawk Deterrant Balloon.  Here is the link –

 We’d love to know how you get on with this problem. 

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In  2015 Darren replied –

Sparrowhawk has to eat too! I regularly have a male and female spar take birds and the numbers don’t deplete… They have now plummeted since they renovated the houses and removed bushes ect in the local area.. This removes nesting spaces etc. Could be something like that in your area.  Darren

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Darren makes an interesting point.  Maybe it is a combination of both, but sparrowhawks are a problem.

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This thread started at –

http://birdtablenews.com/2011/10/the-short-life-of-a-happy-young-greenfinch/

Because of the Internet another point of view had been aired and also a young greenfinch has been remembered.

Trisha

Sparrow hawks taking a kitten

Posted on September 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized by Trish

This is a comment from one of my readers.  I am receiving a lot of comments from readers who are having problems.

Trisha,

The sparrowhawk is back with a vengeance!

I have a small 9wk old puppy & am too scared to leave it in the garden on it’s own. So I will stop feeding the birds until it goes again.

A friend’s kitten was taken from her garden, not far from here recently. Also small chickens were nearly taken, the owner’s spaniel saw it off.

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 THIS IS IN REPLY TO AN ARTICLE I WROTE ON 21 MARCH 2010.  READERS HAVE BEEN GETTING IN TOUCH WITH ME ON AND OFF SINCE THEN

THE ARTICLE IS – WAYS TO STOP SPARROWHAWK ATTACKS IN GARDENS.  HERE IS THE LINK –

HOPE YOU FIND IT INTERESTING

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/03/ways-to-stop-sparrowhawk-attacks-in-gardens/

Advice: To reduce attacks on doves keep them in an aviary instead of a dovecote

Posted on September 26th, 2015 in Ways to Help Birds by Trish

 

If anyone reading this keeps garden doves in a dovecote and is having problems with predators, I would recommend keeping them in an aviary instead.

This is how I reduced the attacks, although sadly have not eliminated them. The aviary has 2 flight holes that enable the birds to go in and out freely.

It is also possible to close the flight holes during times of increased attacks. The protective environment also allows the squabs to leave the nest and be fed on the ground safely by their parents, without risk from cats or other predators.

Tanya

The sparrow hawk is the greatest threat to our flock of white garden doves

Posted on September 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized by Trish

 

Hello Trisha,

The sparrow hawk is the greatest threat to our flock of white garden doves.

Since I first starting keeping doves in 2008 I have witnessed countless attacks on my birds by the ‘hawk and although some have survived with complete recovery or scars, the majority have been killed, and usually eaten alive.

It is devastating to witness and there have been times when I have felt irresponsible for keeping the flock going, when most of them are destined to be predated soon after fledging, or of living in constant fear of attack. Occasionally the ‘hawk seems to be hunting elsewhere and the doves begin to enjoy life again, using their bath and sitting preening on the roof of their aviary.

I know of no deterrent to the sparrow hawk, although have found the terror eyes balloons to be effective in keeping the buzzards away (another predator).

If anyone reading this keeps garden doves in a dovecote and is having problems with predators, I would recommend keeping them in an aviary instead. This is how I reduced the attacks, although sadly have not eliminated them. The aviary has 2 flight holes that enable the birds to go in and out freely. It is also possible to close the flight holes during times of increased attacks. The protective environment also allows the squabs to leave the nest and be fed on the ground safely by their parents, without risk from cats or other predators.
The prevalence of sparrow hawks, where I live anyway, (West Berkshire) is due to the purposeful breeding of pheasants for shooting and the abundance of food for birds of prey when the pheasant chicks hatch.
I have seen no sparrows in this part of Berkshire, in fact I have read that they are in general decline throughout the UK, not only due to loss of habitat but because their numbers have been drastically reduced by the hunting sparrow hawk.

Tanya

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 So much care to stop the doves being killed.

I had never thought of sparow hawk numbers being linked to the breeding of pheasants and the abundance of food – but it does make sense.

USE AN AVIARY INSTEAD.  Tanya I’m sure this advice will help a lot of people

Trisha

 TANYA GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME BECAUSE OF AN ARTICLE I WROTE ON 21 MARCH 2010.  READERS HAVE BEEN GETTING IN TOUCH WITH ME ON AND OFF SINCE THEN

THE ARTICLE IS – WAYS TO STOP SPARROWHAWK ATTACKS IN GARDENS.  HERE IS THE LINK –

HOPE YOU FIND IT INTERESTING

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/03/ways-to-stop-sparrowhawk-attacks-in-gardens/