- 06 Dec 2010
Hi folks, well I am happy to say that there is no shortage of birds in my garden at the moment. We get Blue, Coal, Great, & Long-tailed T*ts, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw, Magpie and Blackbirds regularly every day. Less regular are Bullfinch, House Sparrow, Starling, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, Siskin and Redpoll (last 2 more likely after Christmas). The foods I put out for them are peanuts, sunflower hearts, fat balls, suet blocks and niger seed. Virtually all of these are enclosed in caged feeders to prevent the regular Grey Squirrels from mopping up everything. The larger birds come to food we occasionally put out on the ground feeder trays or the stray seed that falls from the feeders. We also have a Hedgehog (sometimes up to 3) that visits each evening and I put out a handful of dried mealworms for them which they love. Of the different types of food I put in the bird-feeders, sunflower hearts is by far the most popular. I have to fill up two feeders with them each day. I would say that out of all the smaller birds that come to feed, 99% go first for the sunflower hearts. I buy a 25kg bag every couple of months.