This is why we should chop up apples before we feed them to garden birds! This is only a short video but this little bird was trying for ages.
I actually witnessed a sparrow flying into our bay tree where a female blackbird has been feeding three chicks in her nest.
She was collecting worms for them early this morning and nothing had occurred. I then saw the mother blackbird and the father walking around the bottom of the nest apparently with nothing to do.
I went out to the garden, and found a blackbird chick dead on the ground under the bay tree and on further investigation the nest was empty. All this happened in about 15 minutes.
I am looking at the blackbird parents now in the garden looking very dejected. There are two sparrow nests also in our garden in quite close proximity to the bay tree.
I hope the blackbirds lay another clutch of eggs and have better luck.
All quite upsetting really.
Carol, Thank you for sending me this sad story.
I hope the blackbirds have another clutch of eggs as well.
It’s lovely that so many people are concerned about our garden birds – and Carol is one of them.
There is a possibility it could have been a magpie, but I don’t think so in that short space of time.
I have received other details of sparrows attacking birds. If you read through the Catergories DO SPARROWS ATTACK OTHER BIRDS and also BIRD EATING BIRD you will be able to read some strange things.
Carol, thank you for sharing this with us. It reminds us that we know so little about the life of garden birds.
Please let me know if the blackbirds do have another clutch of eggs (even if you have to send me an emai)
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This low roofed bird table keeps the bird food dry and the birds protected when they are feeding. It also makes it difficult for pigeons and rooks etc to get at the feed. I have been told that some persistent pigeons have managed to get some food.
I have not used this bird table yet, so I cannot comment.
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Here is a link to a plastic covered wire mesh ground feeder that is lightweight and can be folder for ease of posting. I have used one and they do work
I was fed up of rooks, crows and pigeons eating all the bird food I put out.
Here is a bird feeder with 25mm wire mesh round it. One side is hinged for access for putting bird food in. The holes for access are just large enough for birds up to starling / blackbird size.
Another good point is that this bird table keeps bird food protected from the wind, rain and snow. It also protects the birds from the worst of the weather when they are feeding
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Below is a view of the bird table with the door open.
YouTube – Details of a meshed ground feeder
I sometimes put bird food out before it becomes really light. The other morning I took a torch! I know I must be mad, but there is a reason for this and the reason is – blackbirds! Once or twice in the early morning I’ve looked out of the window and seen a dark shadow that turns out to be a Blackbird. It was at the bird tables and the ground feeder looking for food and there wasn’t any.
Now, when I put the early morning bird food out I see 3 or 4 blackbirds at the bird table taking advantage of the quietness of it all.
During the day when the bird table and ground feeder has visits from many of the smaller garden birds I never see a blackbird. I only see them scurrying about when the garden is quiet and that is usually early morning or early evening. I enjoy feeding the garden birds and know it helps them through the winter, but apart from that all the garden birds that come to my bird feeders really cheer up that corner of my garden. They flit in and out of the hedges and among the hedge rows and make me laugh.
6.15 am The blackbirds come first and frantically peck at the bird food. They must watch me as I put the bird food out because as soon as I turn to walk away they are there on the bird tables!
I have some bird tables that we’ve made that keep the rooks and crows out. One of them is an ordinary bird table with a low roof. It is so funny to see the blackbirds on this bird table. They have their heads down and ‘crouch’ as they eat their early morning breakfast.
Then the sparrows arrive and, believe it or not, they scare the blackbirds away. As soon as the sparrows arrive the blackbirds disappear. They sometimes run across the grass to peck some bird food from the ground and then quickly run away again.
I’ve been told that sparrows are the ‘thugs’ of the bird world. I wonder if this is so.
There are a variety of birds ‘queuing’ to get to the bird tables. Bird Cafe.
Blue tits, black birds, sparrows and many more swooping down from the sky and hopping from the hedges onto my birdtables.
When the sparrows have had their fill the blackbirds will be back.
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
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!
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.
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