We have a very small back garden, one side is wooden fence panels, covered in Honeysuckle, the other two sides are covered in ivy. We've been here years and often get blackbirds or robins making a nest in the ivy. We also have a local small colony of sparrows, which sometimes appear.
So, my issue is that I invested in a decent bird feeder a few weeks ago. It has four hanging feeders, one of which contains a suet block (mealworm-based), two others contain different types of garden bird seeds. It has a water bath dish too.
All I'm getting are a local pair of Wood Pigeons and a really cheeky Jackdaw which loves the suet block!
I've seen both the male and female blackbird in the garden (but they're not seed eaters) and the Robin has been about too, but not on the feeder.
I can't help feel that the Pigeons and Jackdaws are putting off the smaller birds from visiting, or could there be another reason for there being no takers for the food? Is it too early to tell maybe?
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Do you have room for a tree stump like I put in my garden Roger to get birds flying to/from it?
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In reply to Roger Hunt:
The smaller garden birds do like a safe place to sit and watch, or to dart back into from the feeder. If a feeder is too exposed they may not feel safe enough to feed on it.
I did an experiment when I put my feeder in my exposed front garden. birdslife.co.uk/what-happened-when-i-moved-my-bird-feeders. We'd removed a small tree that used to provide a safe place for birds. Nothing happened for weeks, even though people say it takes time for birds to trust a new feeder. Within minutes of moving the feeder to the back garden with a couple if trees and done shrubs, there were tits, robins, finches... For birds, just like humans it often comes down to location, location, location.
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