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The up and downs of bird feeding

I was bird feeding early this morning.

It is a strange feeling knowing that birds are watching you when you step into the garden.  I know this because one lone starling starts to chitter and in a minute there are a small flock flying over my head.  Other birds appear on the fence looking at me.

A blackbird sweeps past the ground feeder – but there isn’t any food on it yet.

I put out the different bird food into the different feeders, put the grated cheese and the bread out as well.  I could hear the birds singing happily away in the hedgerows.

It is a lovely morning.  The colours of the countryside blend into the blue of the sky.

Then the squirrels and rooks appeared.

The squirrel soon disappeared, but the rooks just swarmed near the ground feeders and ate nearly all the food that was there.  They are such big birds.  They don’t belong in the garden at my feeders.  It’s a good job I put a lot of it inside ground caged feeders.

I’ll put some photos on of my home made and bought caged feeders – but that will be later in the week.

Have a good day

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.

Peanut bird feeder and Squirrels

The squirrels are back. 

I have a well used caged peanut feeder.  It is squirrel resistant.

Here is a photo when it was new

squirrel resistant peanut feeder

 Unfortunately squirrels are determined creatures and, over time,  they have bitten away at the feeder wire.  They can now get the peanuts out from underneath the feeder.

To stop them being able to get to the feeder I strung a piece of string between two trees and hung the feeder in the middle.  The birds could fly to the feeder but the squirrels would not be able to get to it.

HOW WRONG I WAS

Two squirrels have been seen jumping from a branch onto the feeder and wrapping themselves round the feeder.

Grey squirrels are pests.

I need a new feeder.

I don’t want to stop putting peanuts in because I do get birds there as well.