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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 28 Jan 2020 15:30

I stopped doing it when for some reason the site wouldn't accept my log in or password so I couldn't get the form etc. Lost interest after about 10 tries.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 28 Jan 2020 00:00

Today again while it was bright and dry I have had loads of visitors to the feeders. I have just entered my observations to the RSPB and will now wait for the online results to see how all our little friends are doing.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 27 Jan 2020 14:58

That was a great selection LG well done.
We have had a couple of LT Tits in a couple of days plus the few great and blue tits, a blackbird and several magpies and about 4 collard doves and two wood pigeons.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 26 Jan 2020 17:11

I did the bird watch first thing this morning and had a great selection in for breakfast. Robin, long tailed tit family, blue tits, blackbirds, sparrows, starlings, the Magpie, collared doves, wood pigeons, wrens and a surprise visit from a cock pheasant.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 25 Jan 2020 14:15

That is good Vera, not seen a thrush here for a couple of years, plenty of great tits and a few goldfinches but otherwise it is so dark and dull that it is hard to see what is out there.

LG no not doing it this year, I know they like to know what is not there as well as what is but with so few birds it is a terrible time waster. Good luck with yours.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 24 Jan 2020 21:20

Anyone doing the big garden birdwatch this weekend, I am as usual and wha'ts the betting most of the little beggars will go into hiding :-| :-D :-D. The garden has been full of all sorts of them today

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 24 Jan 2020 14:43

I was pleased to see a thrush back in the garden today. There were a couple around all last summer, one of which looked a young bird. I think the one in the garden today might be that young one, though I can’t be sure.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 11 Jan 2020 18:30

I have seen more birds since I changed the feeders around and put out sunflower hearts. It's been mainly sparrows and bluetits plus one robin, but that's OK. It's more than I was seeing a little while ago. Ann, we used to get flocks of long-tailed tits from time to time but I haven't seen any for a long while. They're obviously all round yours ;-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 11 Jan 2020 17:39

The Long tailed tits have been back a couple of times lately so it is good to know they are still in the area.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 6 Jan 2020 16:04

We had a flock of long tailed tits in the garden yesterday, they didn't stay long but they were there. Not many birds around again at the moment just a few bluetits and great tits, starlings, a blackbird and 2 magpies. Think they took off when we were away although we left feed for them.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 1 Jan 2020 20:26

I've decided to change things a little bit in the hope of attracting a few birds back. I am fed up with putting out seeds, throwing them away when they have got all wet and started to go a bit grotty and then putting out a fresh lot to do the same again next time, so I am giving up on seeds for the time being. I have left the suet balls where they are as they do go, albeit slowly, and I have moved the niger seeds to where the other seeds were. The peanuts are staying where they were and I have put out sunflower hearts where the niger seeds were. Everything has been thoroughly washed, disinfected in a mild solution of Dettol and well rinsed and dried. I am not sure what more I can do.

This afternoon we have had a couple of blackbirds and starlings, a few sparrows and a robin around the garden and both OH and I separately saw a bluetit fly in, grab a sunflower heart and fly off again, so I am very cautiously optimistic.

Now I need to work out why the frogs have left home too :-S

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 24 Dec 2019 01:54

Yes Vera, I'd like to see birds too.

I put out a new solid block feeder on Thursday morning and most of it is still there.
Yesterday morning 2 jackdaws were jostling to keep each other off 'their' feeding territory, but they soon went away.
I've known days when a block only lasted about half an hour.
No small birds in the garden at all now.
Even the seagulls have deserted the roof tops, so where are they all.?

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 23 Dec 2019 12:31

All I want for Xmas is.......some birds in the garden.

All I have seen today is 1 collared dove. I am totally flummoxed as to why they have deserted us. As far as I am aware nothing has changed round here. Now even the mealworms aren’t being eaten. I put some in a ground feeder with a cage thing over it which only lets in smaller birds like robins and some in a flat dish on a table for the blackbirds and starlings. Usually even if I don’t see birds I know they are there because the lot will be cleared quite quickly. I put my usual amount out on Saturday afternoon and they are still there nearly 48 hours later :-S

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 18 Dec 2019 12:09

We put a small feeder full of mealie worms on the apple tree on Monday, by yesterday afternoon it was empty because the starlings found it. Although the great tits were at it as well. we have had a lot of birds the past few days, Blue and Great Tits, starlings, blackbirds, male and female, robin, goldfinches (6 at one time), Collard doves and woodies.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 10 Dec 2019 22:05

I don’t think the seeds are being eaten at all Ann. I am only filling the feeder about a third full and it doesn’t look as though the level has gone down at all. The birds used to empty it quickly and I would refill it every morning. I am still using the same make of seeds so I haven’t made any changes there. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope they come back sometime.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 10 Dec 2019 21:16

Are they not going down at all not even a little bit? If they are they may be feeding at first light maybe before you are up. If you can keep just a small amount there they may eventually return.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 10 Dec 2019 20:13

I always used to do it but I don’t fancy staring out of the window for an hour and then reporting that I have seen 2 pigeons. The birds seem to have deserted us completely. Fat balls and peanuts are going down very, very slowly and the seeds aren’t being touched at all. Every so often I dispose of them and put a few fresh ones out but I think I am wasting my time :-( :-(

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 9 Dec 2019 15:12

Thanks LG every time I register to do it our birds all pack their bags and go on holiday. :-D

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 6 Dec 2019 19:59

Just had an email to register for January Big Garden Bird Watch with RSPB. Register is open from 11th December for anyone who is interested. I will be doing it as always

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 24 Nov 2019 15:23

Pleased to say the birds are returning we have two blackbirds and a robin visiting the mealie worms and on the seeds and fat balls etc, we have had starlings, blue and great tits, gold finches, long tailed tits and sparrows. And a dunnock and wren routing around the borders.