I've gone from a great variety of birds in my garden to only sparrows and wondered if there was anything I could do to bring the variety back? I think it started because the sparrows nested in the garden and have now crowded the other birds out. There's now about 30 of them devouring everything I put out and taking up every port on the feeders so no others get a look in. The irritating bit is that they seem to be really fussy eaters and throw most of the seed on the floor!
I did spot a goldfinch once and rushed out the shop to buy a nijer seed feeder but he never came back. I've now removed it again because it was still full two months later...
Will it be winter before the tits, robins et al return or am I stuck with the messy sparrows chucking seed into the flower beds? (don't worry I'll carry on feeding them!)
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I've tried just sunflower hearts and they just get left until literally everything else is gone. I've avoided seed trays because we do get the occasional wood pigeon and they will just eat until they can barely walk, let alone fly. I watched this morning and reckon there are around 50 sparrows in the garden and I think they all live here as they're nearly all young ones. I've read they're in decline but not in my garden! I'll try the black sunflowers again but haven't had much success in the past and just use a seed mix.
In reply to Alan:
Alan. said:I mainly posted it Robbo to show Simonali that others get large numbers too, yet Hazel when she was in her old house never got them in her garden.
Yes, that's true Alan, I think I'd have more trouble IDing a house sparrow than a rarer bird as I've seen very few spadgers; we didn't get Starlings either ! In our new rental place I was woken up by a Barn Owl the other morning - around 5am lol; I've more chance of seeing that (if I get up at Alan o'clock) than a H.Sparrow !
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