xborisx's picture

starlings,pied wagtail,sparrow,

i live just a half kilometer from my mother, we both like to feed and watch the birds and i have noticed that although i get more birds in number , mum has a few extra species ,the starling,sparrow and pied wagtail are visitors to mums but have never been seen at mine....seems a bit odd to me.



Carstairs's picture


It could be due to the proximity of cover, or just that your watails are finding food elsewhere.

anonymous spotter's picture

There could be many reasons -

Carstairs points out some of them above. The "route" to the feeder needs plenty of cover, and where possible it needs to be close to a bush or tree that they can observe it from, to feel confident, preferably from above.
The prevalence of domestic cats is also significant: and you can't always see them if the are behind a hedge or fence. One took to lurking under a nearby bush, unseen by us for days, but the birds knew! Some chilli powder under the bush solved the problem, but it took a few days for confidence to recover amongst the birds.
Water is important, too - if there is a pond, or even a small saucer of it nearby, the feeder will be more popular.