im new to bird watching , and i'm wanting to make my garden bird friendly, i've inserted a picture as it is now.
I get a lot of cats in the garden and need to find an animal friendly deterrent.
Thank you, At the moment I put out mixed seeds, black sunflower seeds , Nuts, and fat balls (shop bought). I will have to give your mixture a try -my son got me some of the flutter butter I spread that onto the tree branches and the birds seemed to like that.
Hello Melanie, welcome form me up in the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. You have been given lots of different advice, hopefully you will seee different ones coming to you. I feed seed, nuts, niger seed, sunflower hearts ( a favourite) and different fat cakes/logs/balls. You can make your own pastry which is very easy to do, buy the shops own brand flour and fat, mix half the fat quantity to the flour, add in seed, crushed nuts, suet, grated cheese, sultanas, apples, anything you fancy really, add a splash of water to get the pastry into a ball and leave in the fridge for a few hours to set. You can fill small home made pots or shape to fit feeders, coconut shells, or simply pull of pieces and squeeze around branches or twigs. They love it. Good luck.
A few years ago we treated ourselves to a nice stone birdbath as an anniversary present. At least 50% of the time the birds use the water in a plastic plant saucer on the ground meant to be for the hedgehogs. Sigh....
I certain agree with the positive comments regarding bird baths. However, IMO, they are of most use if a pond is not an option. Ponds provide food sources as well as drinking and bathing options for birds (and other animals), and of course need far less topping up than bird baths. The baths are at their most important in dry spells when many people go away. FYI, I personally just leave a couple of plant pot saucers out. Far less expensive, and some bird baths are not only expensive, they aren't particularly frost proof.
Thank you for this, as now I no why they seem to favour the flower pots that filled up with rain water. I do have two bowls of water out one is on the bird stand with the food however it does get dirty quite quick with the food going in it, and one on the ground but this was for the hedgehogs . - shopping list - Bird bath
Thank you for your reply, I will try take some this weekend . I have applied and received my bird count pack, not sure how I will do but ill give it my best.
Melanie123 said:I don't have a good camera and i've been trying to take pictures because I'd like to know which i'm getting,I do believe I get quite a few different ones in.
Hi Melanie, there are some pretty good guys on here at identifying birds, so even if your photos aren't fantastic, I'm sure we can have a go, it would be nice to know what you have visiting & you can do the Big bird count too!
Hi Melanie, Welcome to the Forum. Since birds love a good bath, you might want to give them a supply of water. Sorry, I can't see if you have already done that. I also suggest you find some way to raise a bird bath up off the ground. You can buy bird baths which are up on a stand and you can buy baths which you can hang from a branch or from a feeder pole. We have a terracotta chimney pot on a path and about an arm's length from climbing plants on the end of a trellis, and we've put a plastic plant pot tray on top of the chimney pot and keep it filled with water. This gives the birds a good view in all directions and they are bathing about 80 cm above the ground, more safely than if the bath was on the floor. Because the bath is not right up against the trellis, the birds will not be ambushed by any cat hiding there but they are close enough to fly into the trellis for shelter if need be.
Thank you for your reply.
I will try that. I have no preference as to what Birds I get ( a goldcrest would be nice cute little fella) in truth I only started putting food out last winter and now I get lots of birds I often walk into my kitchen and the garden is full of them .
I'm not knowledgeable on different birds species, I know I get robins , Blackbirds collared doves ,and the odd Magpie.I don't have a good camera and i've been trying to take pictures because I'd like to know which i'm getting,I do believe I get quite a few different ones in.
No I not seen the cats catch any I used to see them sat underneath the feeders, then I read that if you put sticks into the ground where cats sits to stop them that has worked a little then I spotted a cat in the tree.
I'm not knowledgeable on different birds species I know I get robins , Blackbirds collared doves ,and the odd time Magpie.I don't have a good camera and i've been trying to take pictures because Id like to know which i'm getting,I do believe I get quite a few different ones in.
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