Jim Walker wrote:Cabbage don't stop feeding mate, just change the food you are using.
It's a bit expensive, but go for a no-mess food such as sunflower hearts. Take away the easy food, take the opportunist feeders.
You had a Tree Sparrow, an actual TREE Sparrow! Brilliant! I'd be happy with the House Sparrow's to be honest.
I had quite a quiet time, 4 Blackbirds, 8 Woodpigeon, a couple of Blue Tits. I did have two firsts as well though. One male Blackcap and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker.
It was so good to see the Blackcap, the first I've seen for a good few years. It stayed on the feeder long enough for me to get in my scope.
I was really pleased about the sparrows actually, its a relatively new thing, their numbers have been increasing in the garden over the last couple of years, but as their numbers go up the starling numbers are definitely on the way down.
I'm jealous of the blackcap that's something I've never seen around here and its always great to see a woodpecker!
Unfortunately expense is an issue for the birdfood - we're pretty much at the stage now where its a choice of buying food for me or food for the birds. I could stand to lose some weight mind you so maybe its not a bad thing
I haven't stopped completely, I couldn't bring myself to do that, the birds in the garden kept looking at me! I've lifted the ground feeder and put up two peanut feeders as these seem to cause the least mess on the ground, I'll keep that up til I run through my stock of peanuts and then see what else I can find. I might stick some sunflower hearts up but ration them.
I must confess, I forgot to do it this year
. But not much in my garden lately - just the occasional blackbird and wren (although admittedly my garden is tiny). The wren (s?) seems to be finding food in my flower tubs. I used to get loads of goldfinches but haven't seen any for many months. They are around though - I've seen/heard them flying overhead and in the woods round the corner. Perhaps there's a good supply of 'natural' food this year?
I love seeing wren about the garden, I'm always amazed when we have a cold snap that the wrens make it through, they're so small! Their secret seems to be constant movement on the hunt for food - I was also being told on twitter (via the BTO) that they roost communally at nights to keep warm which is something I find quite amazing.
Agree with you on the goldfinches, definitely fewer round my garden this year but I actually drove through a flock of 100 or so near some local farmland recently - I had to slam the brakes on as they flew all around me, I didn't seem to hit any fortunately!