Hope everyone is well? I’m new to this forum & new to Garden Bird feeding.
Bit of background.....
So over the last several months, through shielding I have gained an interest in photography, which then turned into a particular interest of bird photography, which has now led me, to gain a huge passion for garden birds. So because of this, a few weeks ago I set up a full feeding set up in the garden, to hopefully attract some more species to the garden & touch wood so far things are looking good. Since having this set up I have not attracted 3 Robins that come back daily & have even spotted a Blue tit feeding, both of which I have never seen in the garden before
Iv always had sparrows around & also large groups of Starlings (especially in the winter, when they do group together more than the summer), being in Wiltshire and so they’re loving the new feeding hub, especially the starlings, which yes although they can get through a whole feeder of suet pellets in a day, I actually don’t mind because they are beautiful birds in my opinion & thankfully they don’t seem to be affecting other birds, who also still get a go at the.
So currently I have set up a metal branched type feeding station, with various different feeders hanging: Suet pellets, fat balls, sunflower hearts, good mix seed & crushed peanuts...
Touch wood so far they all seem to be being used, suet pellets mostly, then the sunflower hearts, then the fat balls. The mix seed hasn’t been touched too much, but I understand birds prefer fattier thing in the winter & mixed seed in the hotter months. Along with this station, I also have a roofed table which I had a selection of the above + dried mealworms, which again a variety seem to use including the odd pigeon & magpie. Then the final thing I have is a ground feeder which again I put a mix of things with meal worms, which is mainly used at the ml and loved by the Robins. So yeah touch wood everything seems to be working well & hopefully more things will come soon, although I appreciate it only been a few weeks & can take months for new birds to arrive
Following all this, I just have one question & that whether I should stick with the peanuts or should I have put up a nijer seed feeder? The reason I ask is I have read very mixed things about both & currently the peanuts haven’t been touch (but again I appreciate it’s only been a few week)?
Many thanks all & I look forward to getting to know you
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I have broken with recent tradition and splashed out on birdfood. All I bought was two sacks of niger. I don't want to encourage house sparrows (long story but it involves house martins). I do, however, want to encourage siskins and redpolls which both used to visit the garden when I put food out previous years. Goldies, as has been mentioned, also eat a lot of niger. My theory is in areas where teasel grows, they are more likely to be keen on niger. Just my theory. If you live in an urban area, it probably isn't worth buying niger as goldies eat sunflower hearts along with most other bird species. With peanuts, if you want great spotted woodpeckers, they are worth having. But GSW populations are booming and have consequences for small birds, esp those that use nestboxes.
p.s. Niger feeders need trays. I haven't had an issue with dropped seed. Dunnocks and other less likely niger eaters clean up what little does fall. Other niger eaters in this garden icluded bullfinches.
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