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Youngsers Start to Feed Themselves

Observed: 12th June 2012 By: Bill HendersonBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

First time I've noticed them feeding themselves.

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Fenwickfield's picture

same thing

I had them doing this yesterday and they consumed a whole fat square in the same holder as yours in the day, so no more today will have to do with seed.

Fenwickfield

Bill Henderson's picture

Expensive

I'm finding that this bird table is very expensive to run - in excess of £30 per month. It could easily be as much as £60. To be honest, I'm in denial. However, I am starting to cut down and hope to be back to a more sensible regime by the end of the month.

It's the jackdaws that are the worst culprits :-)

Bill Henderson

Fenwickfield's picture

Snap

Same here trying to plant more berry bearing shrubs and loads of teasels as costing about the same as you.

Fenwickfield

Ray Turner's picture

I am afraid ...

... it is that old bugbear the Grey Squirrel for me. Not had one in the garden since early spring having been plagued by them since last summer (what a relief) but came home from work last week to find the nut, sunflower heart and fat ball feeders all empty and a very contented (and plump) grey finishing off the last bit of fat ball.

Ray

Ray

Bill Henderson's picture

Squirrrels

Ray

I'm right on the red/gray squirrel border. The line seems to be about 3 miles South of me. I have only ever seen one gray in the village and that was to the end of last summer

My feeders have only had 2 or 3 visits this year and that was from reds. Somehow you don't mind them so much.

Bill

Bill Henderson

Fenwickfield's picture

cute factor

I think it's because we all suffer from the cute factor I too have red and first grey a few weeks ago,but never on feeders.I have a problem with pheasant's and Jackdaws,but keep telling myself they need the food just as much as a little blue tit.I buy lot's of the past there date fruit loaves,teacakes for the big birds to try and stop them scoffing all the seed.I also had to use cable ties to secure my feeders as the Jackdaws were removing them very clever birds.

Sheila

Fenwickfield