Monthly Archives: November 2012

IT WORKS! IT KEEPS PIGEONS AWAY

 

Keeping pigeons away from bird food can take up so much time and it needs ingenuity  from everyone who feeds birds.

 

Here is one idea that works. Sandy sent it in and is going to send a photo.

 

Hi Trish, It works! I put the glass containing the sultanas/raisins on the lawn covered with an upside down hanging basket.

The pigeons were very clever and managed to knock over the glass to get to the food, so I’ve secured the glass with tent pegs! The pigeons poked their heads through but could not get to the food and have now given up.

 

I’ve tried to get a photo of them trying in vain but they kept flying off, I have however got a lovely photo of the blackbird inside it, and also a very clever squirrel on a “squirrel proof feeder”! Kind regards, Sandy

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Hi Sandy,

Thanks for getting in touch again.  It’s nice to hear from you.  I haven’t given it a try yet, but will do soon.  I use canes in a circle and then put wire mesh round the canes.  I then put the birdfood inside the canes.  It does keep the rooks, crows and pigeons away.

 

I’m still trying to sort a way of keeping bird food dry when it is raining or snowing.  That is so difficult

WET BIRD FOOD

I have found it so difficult and frustrating feeding the birds in this wet weather.   

 

Inside the hanging bird feeders the seed gets wet at the  bottom of the feeding ports and is wasted, because it clogs together and forms firm clumps.   These clumps are no longer any good for birds to eat.

 

Seed that has been spoilt by rain is unhealthy for birds

 

This wet bird food clogs the feeder ports and is so difficult to clean.  It takes so much time to bring the feeders in on a dark evening and wash them, clean them and get them dry for the following day.Wet bird food is bad for birds  – and bad for us as well, because it means we have bought bird food just to watch it go mouldy, and then have to throw it away..

 

Even if Iput the hanging bird feeders in among the  branches the rain still hits the bird food and the money I put aside for buying bird food has been wasted.  But, more importanty there is no food the my garden birds

 

I saw a really complicated idea on a Bird Forum.  The idea was a way to keep bird food dry by using old tubs, but it was too time consuming and seemed complicated, so I haven’t tried it. 

 

Any ideas?

HELPING GARDEN BIRDS SURVIVE THE WINTER

Birds will have a much better chance of surviving the winter if they don’t have to spend hours using energy searching for food – so lets feed our feathered friends!

If we get bird feeding into our minds it will be second nature to us!

A few top tips – Food and Water for our garden birds in winter.

  • UNFROZEN WATER is really essential for drinking and bathing.  Birds need to bathe in cold weather to keep their insulation in tip top condition.  A ball or a piece of wood in the water may help stop the water freezing over.
  • GRATED CHEESE on a lawn or under bushes helps many birds including wrens, dunnocks, robins, blackbirds and thrushes.
  • FRUIT – such as cut up apple helps thrushes.  Redwings will die if they cannot find fruit.
  • FAT AND SUET BARS give energy for every bird
  • SEEDS on the ground or on birdtables help many birds
  • KITCHEN SCRAPS –such as bread, stale cake, chopped bacon find will feed blackbirds, starlings and many more.
  • BIRD FOOD – any type of bought bird food will help.  There are many to choose from.

Cold weather in winter can be a killer for birds so lets FEED THE BIRDS

I’ve just bought some more  bird food.  I say it will last me a long time, but I know it won’t.

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I find it so difficult to feed the birds when the snow is falling or when it is raining, or when the wind is blowing!   It wastes such a lot of bird food.  I’m going to do something this year to make things easier – I don’t know what yet though.

Trisha 

 

 

PRAISE FOR HANDYKAM CAMERA

A note from Gillian

 

Hi Tricia, We got a camera bird box a company and frankly we were very disappointed. We did not get any visitors to the box, there was no footage and the box then fell apart within the first year.

 

We then bought a Handykam.com camera bird boxand we were stunned with the quality. The birds use it every week, managed to see a brood and look forward to next year. May be a good idea to do a review of their boxes. Thanks Trish from Gillian

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Gillian,  How wonderful for you.  It must be a lovely thing to see.

Strangely I wrote about the handykam nest box in 2010!!!!.  It’s good to see the company are still making high quality products, but I may do another post about them now I know they are still good products

 http://birdtablenews.com/2010/04/handykam-nest-box/

Click the link to take a look

Magpies divebombing a nest, keeping smaller birds off the feeders, attacking a cat and drinking from a dog’s bowl

I have had magpies dive bombing a nest at the front of my house,

 

they are drinking out of my dog s bowl

 

and two of them were attacking a cat in my neighbours tree,

 

they won t let the smaller birds eat the food i have hanging in the tree for them.

 

they walk about my lawn when im in the garden they have no fear .

 

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Hi Valerie, Magpies can do so much harm.  Why aren’t magpies  spoken about when there is talk of a reduction in garden birds?

JOIN SONGBIRD SURVIVAL   http://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/

THEY ARE TRYING TO SAVE SONGBIRDS WITH SCIENCE.  AT LEAST TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR WEBPAGE

BUZZARD BEING CHASED BY A CROW – WITH A SMALL BIRD IN HOT PURSUIT

Anita

I saw a really funny thing a few weeks ago- a Buzzard flew across our garden, hotly pursued by a crow, who was squawking at the Buzzard as he chased it. But the hilarious thing was…. a small bird about the size of a Finch flying also in hot pursuit of the Buzzard, just above the Crow- twittering away for all it was worth! They both had the same thing in mind- to chase the Buzzard away, but I couldn’t help thinking- would that little bird have been quite so full of himself without out his large and aggressive “mate” beside him!?

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Wish I’d seen it.  Wouldn’t it have been great if you’d had your camera with you.

A Buzzard being chased by a Crow!  It is often Crows who are chasing smaller birds, so I wonder if he knew what was happening.

I bet it was the high point of the little birds day to join in.  But this does prove to me that birds think things out

ADVICE ON ONE WAY TO DETER ATTACKS – FROM SOMEONE WITH 20 YEAR’S EXPERIENCE

Here is a advice on stopping attacks – especially near a birdtable

 

Being a pigeon fancier for over 20yrs, i have tried many ways to deter attacks.

 

One of the best was when i hung old cds around the lofts, its almost stopped all attacks at the lofts.

 

If only i could hang them in a larger area.  I  hope that this may help those only trying to protect their birdtable.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Trisha

DUNNOCKS AND HENS

 

Jo has got in touch to tell us –

I was standing watching the bird feeder this morning and noticed that a pair of Dunnocks flitting around the back border.

 

They were dicing with death, diving in and out of the chicken run and pinching pellet feed. If the girls catch them, feathers will fly!

 

 They seem to be ignoring the bird feeder intended for the garden birds and the suet and insect pellets on the ground. Very cheeky.   Jo

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Hello Jo,   They will surely be healthy, strong Dunnocks with pellet feed inside them!

I can just imagine these fast, small little birds out manouvering the hens! thanks for telling us about this

It’s the sort of thing I do –  bypass the healthy option food and go  for a big bar of chocolate!

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This was in reply to DUNNOCK FACT SHEET

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/04/dunnock-fact-sheet/

SPARROWS WITH THEIR BEAKS AND HEADS PECKED OR EATEN

We have several bird feeders in our back yard and every day for the past week we have had dead sparrows, one day 4. Their beaks and sometimes their heads have been pecked or eaten off. We haven’t seen them kill each other but they certainly do fight constantly. We are thinking of taking down the feeders to prevent the killing.

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This sounds horrible, especially when it should be a time of nesting and new life.

It may be a good idea to take the feeders down, but then would these attacks happen somewhere else.

It may not be sparrows. 

Take a look at my category about bird eating bird    http://birdtablenews.com/category/bird-eating-bird/

There seems to be a lot of mayhem going on in our civilised gardens.  Nature.

ROOKS NOT NESTING IN THE ROOKERY

Anyone know what it means if rooks don’t sleep in their rookery

We have a rookery near our house.  That is a small area of trees were rooks nest.  For years and years and years the rooks have roosted in the trees.  What a noise they make and what a nuisance they can be when I put the bird food out

When dusk was coming in I saw this flock of rooks flying away from these trees.  They flew over the fields.  I watched them until the disappeared in the distance.

Why did they do this?