So I moved into my new house about 6 weeks ago. It’s part of a terrace in Cwmbran that backs onto woodlands. I’ve put a lot of feeders up which have attracted lots of birds. Notably I have a wren regularly using a caged mealworm feeder, Jays, Nuthatches and all 4 species of the usual tits. We also had a woodpecker the other day on the peanut feeder. However one thing I don’t seem to see are any finches. We had 2 goldfinches land on the seed feeder once but something spooked them and they flew off before they could tuck in, we had a female green finch inspect the feeders another time but she was spooked by a squirrel and then we had a female chaffinch visiting for a few days but she’s gone now. At first I thought squirrels might be the problem so all the feeders were replaced with squirrel busters/caged national trust feeders but still nothing. Another thought I had was the lack of cover in the garden but seen as the woods go right up to the fence where I hang the feeders I doubt this is the issue. Any thoughts? Sorry for the long-winded post!
Patience, 2hoots, patience. If you've been feeding for just 6 weeks and part way through changed the feeders (squirrel guardian attachments) they may have just been getting used to the feeders. Also, what products are you feeding to attract the finches with? Thirdly, backing onto a woodland, there is potentially still a lot of natural finch food about. And finally.... not that this is from experience or anything.... *ahem* you haven't put up a niger seed feeder filled with sunflower hearts have you?....They don't fit through!! Other forum members will have idea's too, but patience is key, and also a water source.
In reply to PimperneBloke:
In reply to Kath1977:
Six weeks is probably still a little too early for the word to have spread among the birds in your area. Sunflower Hearts are a good tempter, but don't expect daily visits, a lot will depend on the weather, what other known reliable food sources there are and also local habitat.
If you're out in the open with no refuge cover, no matter how near the woodland is, that could also deter any birds.
Give it time, once winter sets in they will most likely be glad of an easy food source.
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