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An Intelligent Rook

Not a very clear photo, but it shows how big the rook is in relation to the bird feeder and how he could soon eat me out of house and home.

In this photo he is using both of his feet to balance on the hanging feeder

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If you look closely at the photo below you will see the rook is only hanging on to the bird food portal with one of his feet.  I was in awe of his balancing ability.  He poked his beak inside, balanced with his wings and hung on with one food.  He must have been desperate for food.

what-a-clever-bird

Photo number 3

A Rook finding a new source of food

A Rook finding a new source of food

They are maurading round my bird tables and feeders as well.

Rooks live in close knit communities.  We have had a rookery near us for ages and it is not often they bother us in the garden.  The loud CAW, CAW is something we have got used to and because they live in communities the combined sound can be very loud as they make the noise together.

Also the sight of the whole community rising up out of the trees in a morning is a normal sight to me and one I would miss. 

As always, with nature and wild birds, there isn’t an easy answer.

CAGED BIRD FEEDER

FOR SALE CAGED BARREL SEED FEEDER FOR GARDEN BIRDS

This hanging bird feeder is –

  • 12 inches tall
  • Holds about 600 g of seed
  • hangs freely from branches or a hook

This robust bird feeder has a

  • large central food holder
  • frame that deters squirrels and larger birds and so allows smaller birds to feed easily. 

caged barrel seed feeder

This ‘birdcage’ style feeder lets small garden birds slip through the bars to feed.

It is –

  • Functional
  • strong – the top, bars and base are netal
  • easy to fill

Metal bars keeps squirrels out which is one reason I invested in this feeder.  It also keeps large birds out such as pigeons.

It will last years and is ideal for attracting small birds.

The feed tube in the centre is surrounded and protected by a metal roof, bars and base.

  • Feed tray at the base of the feeder
  • The clear plastic tube lets bird seed flow into the tray.
  • There are drainage holes in the tray.

bird seed flows from the base of the feeder

 

  • The lock-on lid which is chained on keeps squirrels out and yet is easy for me to fill.

 chained lid on the seed feeder

  • The clear plastic feed tube has one opening at the base of the feeder.  This means the whole transparant feed tube will keep the seed dry.

RESULT / HOW I TESTED THIS HANGING BARREL SEED FEEDER –

I hung this bird feeder from a branch on a tree.  It was sheltered from the bad weather and a variety of birds used it

Unfortunately larger birds such as crows and rooks used it as well. A black agile crow clung to a branch, stretched its body out and put its beak through the bars.  It managed to get at the feed.  For this reason I had to move it to an open position

CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING MORE ABOUT THE BARREL SEED FEEDER

Produced in China – it would be nice if we could produce something similar here in Britain.  I’m sure there’s such a lot of people who have the knowledge.

Droll Yankee Bird Feeder

DROLL YANKEE NEW GENERATION SEED FEEDER

Droll Yankee New Generation Bird Feeder

Droll Yankee New Generation Bird Feeder

I have had this bird feeder for about two years now.  I have used it with and without the seed tray.  It is as good today as it was when I bought it.

It has stood the test of time  and I am sure there must be many satisfied customers.  

INFORMATION ABOUT NEW GENERATION SEED FEEDER (DROLL YANKEE)

This feeder is squirrel resistant.

The  Droll Yankee bird feeder it is a hanging feeder with a strong alloy top, base and feeding ports.

The hook for hanging is sturdy

Sturdy hanging bird feeder

Sturdy hanging bird feeder

All the feed flows to the feeding ports.  The feeding ports are well designed to protect the bird seed from the rain.

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It has a screw on base where a seed tray could be used.

Below are two photographs taken last year when I used the seed tray.  It was very useful to have.  Because of squirrels and crows balancing on the seed tray and getting all the food I had to take it off.

 

Droll Yankee Seed Feeder with seed tray attached

Droll Yankee Seed Feeder with seed tray attached


Seed tray stopping any bird seed falling to the ground

Seed tray stopping any bird seed falling to the ground

WHERE TO BUY THE  8″ DIAMETER SEED  TRAY

The Droll Yankee Seed Feeder is sturdily built and will last a long time.

I dropped it once (without the seed tray) and the onl y hing that broke was one of the bottom perches at the feeder port.

In torrential rain the feeder portholes do, of course, get wet and seed can clog the portholes.

I have taken this feeder for granted over the years. It is one of the feeders that I fill up every day – sometimes twice a day.

I have hung this feeder in various places in my garden over the years and have fed a lot of birds from it in spring, summer, autumn and winter.  At the present moment I am putting a general food mix into the feeder.

This feeder would suit someone who is starting out feeding birds as well as the seasoned bird feeder.  Using a good bird seed mix will attract a variety of birds.

I have seen sparrows, chaffinches and blue tits near the fence, queuing to feed from this feeder while other birds are perched on it and feasting.

I would recommend this bird feeder

CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THE DROLL YANKEE NEW GENERATION SEED FEEDER .

WHERE TO BUY THE  8″ DIAMETER SEED  TRAY

Bird Window Feeder uk

DROLL YANKEES ‘THE WINNER’ WINDOW FEEDER 

Window feeder for birds uk

Window feeder for birds uk

 If you provide what birds need they will come to the feeders, so maybe you don’t have to have a garden to attract birds.

This Droll Yankees Window Feeder has an adjustable domed roof which can be lowered to
  • Protect the bird food from bad weather
  • Stop large birds getting the food
This Bird Window Feeder also
  • Holds 1/2 lb seed
  • Will not yellow with age as it ss made from UV stabilised polycarbonate and is very durable.
  • Holds seeds, fruit, suet or mealworms.
Using a window feeder means you have a change of getting a really close up view of birds at your window.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BUY THIS DROLL YANKEES WINDOW FEEDER