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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 8 months 6 days ago #3802089

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GOOD NEWS
At last yesterday at 10 past 12 noon, two little sparrows started eating, one at the seed and the other at the mealworms plus, a pidgin on the grass eating whatever they drop.
They have also returned today.
Who's a happy lad then.
Thanks for all your advice, what would I do without you all.
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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 8 months 6 days ago #3802206

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So pleased for you !!
lets hope they tell all their friends...:cheer:
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Today is the tomorrow
you worried about yesterday -
and all is well...

Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 8 months 6 days ago #3802267

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caretaker wrote:

GOOD NEWS
At last yesterday at 10 past 12 noon, two little sparrows started eating, one at the seed and the other at the mealworms plus, a pidgin on the grass eating whatever they drop.
They have also returned today.
Who's a happy lad then.
Thanks for all your advice, what would I do without you all.


I agree with all the advice you have been given and just want to add, it does take time for the birds to discover that there is a food source but once they have they do spread the word, so depending on your local population it might get busier than you expected. However with feeding native birds you have to be careful not to create to great a dependence such that they suffer if you are not available to top up the feeders, it should be seen as a supplementary source of food not a staple that they rely on heavily.

I've just started feeding my birds after their summer holidays when food for them it much more plentiful and they are breeding, now that it is getting colder here they will get a daily top up. Even though they are used to my feeder it took a few days for them to return. I have to many varieties, with to many different needs, to feed them all so I just put out a middle of the road mixture and that seems to work well, and since I have inherited some ducks feeding them also provides for the local birds as they swoop in to steal from the ducks.
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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 7 months 3 weeks ago #3806023

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I HAVE THE BUG.
I have ordered some binoculars so I can see the birds up close from my Lean-too.
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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 7 months 3 weeks ago #3808322

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UP DATE (The good bad and the ugly)
The good thing is there are loads of birds eating the seeds, mealworms, and fat balls.
Bad oh so bad, birds have pulled the mealworm feeder to bits by unscrewing the top.
The ugly, it's them Jackdaws, they're too big to get on the feeder.
We buy one bag of glowworms a week now one 1 kg size but found Home Bargains cost £10 a bag, my wife calls mealworms Glowworms, she does this a lot with words.
Have ordered a larger feeder for Glowworms.

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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 5 months 2 weeks ago #3833273

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I tend not to feed them in the summer months, only autumn/winter time.
But i do have three bird baths in my garden, which i clean and fill regularly.....nice to see them drinking, splashing around, enjoying themselves.

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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 5 months 3 days ago #3840556

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Vienna wrote: I tend not to feed them in the summer months, only autumn/winter time.
But i do have three bird baths in my garden, which i clean and fill regularly.....nice to see them drinking, splashing around, enjoying themselves.



My sis does the same in winter and summer.
Feeding station in winter and splashing station in summer and she spends hours watching them and never tire of it sometimes one squirrels joins in the fun to enjoy both splashes and seeds.

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Not pets but little garden birds and feeding them. 5 months 2 days ago #3840636

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caretaker wrote:

I HAVE THE BUG.
I have ordered some binoculars so I can see the birds up close from my Lean-too.


I ordered a pair a few months back too. I ended up going for Ronhan 20x50 not pricey and very good once I set them up right for my dodgy eyesight.



This image is exactly right as I used someone else's and the target looked like the image on the right where the 20x50 do look like the image on the left


I paid just under £40 from Amazon for mine and they view the same as others costing 3 times that price.

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