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Food & Drink How do I get birds to eat out of my bird feeder?

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  1. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    Keep an eye out for rats, doing that! They love food on the ground.

    I'm going to look for a non-germinating seed mix next year, because we've had no end of weird crops growing out of our lawn where the feeder is. Not that I hate wheat specifically, just don't want a front garden full of it...
     
  2. Pete J

    Pete J Unemployed dole scum

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    Funny you mention that - at the start of lockdown the neighbours and I had the exterminator round...
     
  3. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Not just on the ground, they climb up too.

    Bloody good climbers. When we were in NZ there was a bit of a downpour and I saw the things climbing about it the tops of trees.

    Had to temporarily stop feeding as a couple of rats have been round but then we do live near woods and fields so it is what it is. I think they're cute little buggers but I don't want to encourage them as one of the neighbours has them hanging about under their decking. The old cat half heatedly chases them and they do scarper off though.
     
  4. Pete J

    Pete J Unemployed dole scum

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    I was in the same mindset, until the exterminator told me they eat mice. The b*stards!
     
  5. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I'm a bit biased as some of my friends had them as pets when I was in my teens/twenties. I know they're not like the wild ones but they have to be one of the most affectionate, clever and funny pets you can have.
     
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    spolsh Active Member

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    That's CATS you're thinking of adidan, they're the affectionate, clever funny ones ... RATS is the ones what take over the world after WWIII, James Herbert wrote their biography after they time travelled back and told him about it.
     
  7. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Yeah they are. Little sods.

    I moved into my ex wife's farm house in Dorset for a couple of years. She used to breed bengals and savannahs, so nothing would come near. They would get torn apart. Any way, once she got rid of the cats (we had one left but there was only so much one cat confined to half of the house could do) we were overrun with them. We had to keep the cereal in the fridge, as you would literally step into the back room of the house and see them all do a runner. Sometimes you'd see their fat asses hanging out of the cereal box.

    Now we had a big cat, but we couldn't let her in that part of the house as she figured out how to open the windows (very clever bugger she was) and would get out, then sit two storeys up and just look at you. F****r lol.

    But yeah it was so bad we had to abandon ship at one point because of the fleas. Ended up bringing in an exterminator.
     
  8. Pete J

    Pete J Unemployed dole scum

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    So after a month of having many little flappy friends, most of them seemed to have left. I wonder where they went? Still there's a few sparrows/chaffinches/wrens sticking around, as well as a blackbird and a couple of pigeons.

    One thing I've found very...spirit lifting if that the little birds seem to share the food. One will fly to the feeder, then fly to a friend and 'kiss'. Animals. Better than people.

    At least I don't have to buy over 5kg/week of seeds now. Hungry little buggers.
     
  9. Pete J

    Pete J Unemployed dole scum

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    Thought I'd post a little update as I was privy to something quite interesting this afternoon.

    The birds are back. There are two adolescent pigeons in addition to the adult pair. The happy family pick at the seed I chuck on the grass. Meanwhile, the small bird brigade has swelled to...probably 40. It's quite a sight to see them all take off at once into the hedges. I have to say, the little birds are surprisingly powerful - I hear them flitting around in the bushes each time I go to refill the feeder.

    I was watching them this afternoon for a minute, when what I assume to be a Sparrowhawk comes hurtling out of nowhere. I'm sure it got its target - the flock has disappeared. Probably back tomorrow.

     
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  10. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Will have to work out what the birds of prey are here, either sparrowhawks or kestrels or some such.

    The red kites are glorious although some of the shine has been taken off since I learned they mainly like to eat worms :hehe:
     
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