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Bird Feeding in the garden

I have been outside a lot today gardening and sorting the bird food area out.

At the moment there are such a lot of rooks and crows flying overhead as soon as I put the  bird food out.  On the other hand I get birds such as the coal tit coming to the ground feeder.

As usual it’s the blackbirds and thrushes that are missing out as they can’t enter the meshed ground feeder as they are too big.  Because of this they get the left overs from what the rooks and crows eat.

I have had some really good advice about putting out some wire and I have sort of done this with some wire I have here.  We’ll see if it works.  If I put the birdfood inside the wire it should keep the large birds out.

I think a good way of feeding birds is by planting bird friendly plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. 

I am also forking up areas of soil near to the base of hedges, shrubs and bushes to make it easy for blackbirds and thrushes to get at the grubs and worms in the soil.

In summer the ground can get really hard here so I’m going to continue doing what I did last summer – recycle some of the household water onto the garden soil near the base of the shrubs and bushes and areas that I’ve forked over.

Am I mad?

I just see all these garden birds around me and then I see the rooks getting all the food and it is really annoying.

I’ll always put bird food out.  But forking the ground and putting water near the roots of shrubs so the garden birds can get worms easily  are other ways to make life easier for our garden birds.

It gives me a bit extra exercise as well!   walking backwards and forwards from the house with a bucket of water a few times a day.  Who needs the gym!

I have seen a few blackbirds and thrushes pecking on these soft, damp areas of soil, so hopefully it’s working.

I just need to know if soapy water is OK to pour onto soil near plants and for blackbirds and thrushes to peck at

Woodpigeons stage a coo

Last year the British Trust for Ornithology did a survey and found out that in many parts of Britain woodpigeons now outnumber the feral variety by two to one.

In 2008 woodpigeons were the fourth most frequent visitor to birdtables.

I’ve seen for myself first hand how woodpigeons can take over a bird table.  The smaller birds don’t stand a change and it is so annoying to see such a big fat bird try and eat all the birdtable food at once.

I live in the countryside and years ago woodpigeons never visited the bird table.  It was a shy bird.  We must be seeing survival in action.  The woodpigeon has learnt where there are easy pickings.

Large birds taking all the food off the bird table is one reason why I nearly stopped putting bird food out.  At one point last year it seemed I was only feeding pigeons, crows, rookd (and a squirrel).

Instead I bought a meshed ground feeder.  I’ve enjoyed waching the smaller birds flit in and out without a care in thew world.

My ground feeder in 2009

My ground feeder in 2008

Not sure if you can still buy that type of meshed ground feeder but HERE IS A MESHED WIRE COVER FOR SALE  – JUST CLICK HERE TO SEE IT

The only problem is that blackbirds and thrushes cannot get in through the small mesh.  I can’t open the meshed feeder door as the pigeons poke their beaks in.

Another way to deter woodpidgeons is to buy bird seed mixes that do not contain many cereal grains.  These types of bird feed are unattractive to woodpigeons.

One way and another the pigeons are living side by side with us in the towns, cities and countryside.

Wonder if anyone else is seeing more woodpigeons in 2009. Let me know if you are.