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#460629 - 11th Jan 2011 4:17pm wild birds
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I used to have plenty of wild birds visit our back garden, but this Winter they have been most conspicuous by their absence. We have put out plenty of food but it has hardly been touched. Could the severe cold weather have killed them off ? Any ideas ?
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#460630 - 11th Jan 2011 4:19pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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Bloody magpies. I just hope we get some back for the spring, even the park seems pretty bare to what it used to be like, except for the magpies and squirrels, egg eaters the lot of them.
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#460635 - 11th Jan 2011 4:22pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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I used to be a keen bird feeder but ended up with rats under the decking,I can't figure out how to feed one and not the other.Any ideas?

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#460637 - 11th Jan 2011 4:23pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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They'll be back as soon as it's a bit warmer smile

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#460640 - 11th Jan 2011 4:23pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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#460649 - 11th Jan 2011 4:25pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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My next door neighbour used to feed the birds with loads of stuff and it was all over his garden. Couldn't figure out if it was a bird feeder station or a moggy feeding station, still puzzled. The cats were well fed that's for sure.
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#460746 - 11th Jan 2011 5:05pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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Originally Posted By: detsi
I used to have plenty of wild birds visit our back garden, but this Winter they have been most conspicuous by their absence. We have put out plenty of food but it has hardly been touched. Could the severe cold weather have killed them off ? Any ideas ?


a freind of mine is realy into birds and he says the lack of birds is due to the harsh winter here, basically more species have migrated than usuall
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#460759 - 11th Jan 2011 6:28pm Re: wild birds [Re: jabber_Ish]
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Originally Posted By: detsi
I used to have plenty of wild birds visit our back garden, but this Winter they have been most conspicuous by their absence. We have put out plenty of food but it has hardly been touched. Could the severe cold weather have killed them off ? Any ideas ?


a freind of mine is realy into birds and he says the lack of birds is due to the harsh winter here, basically more species have migrated than usuall


Yeah, makes sense. Should have done the same myself smile
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#460823 - 11th Jan 2011 11:14pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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I put those fat balls in the hedge in my back garden i get mosly sparrows eating them i'll have to go and buy more we put bread on the grass and the bigger birds eat that

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#460846 - 12th Jan 2011 7:41am Re: wild birds [Re: oscarpops]
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easy enough to make fat balls, its just lard and birdseed.

First put a hole in base of the cup, thread a loop of wool through the hole and trap inside the cup with a twig.
Fill plastic disposable cup with birdseed
Melt the lard and pour over
Let it cool for a while then pop it out of the cup

ok ok i know they are only cheap (no pun intended) but great to get the kids making and hanging them around the garden
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#460955 - 12th Jan 2011 10:32am Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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One rider on that is that you shouldn't use lard off the joint, salt is poisonous to birds they don't have the wherewithall to deal with it.
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#461116 - 12th Jan 2011 1:07pm Re: wild birds [Re: BandyCoot]
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i had a robin, couple of sparrows, a blackbird and a couple of wood pidgeons that were there feeding all through the snow but seem to have disappeared this week - very strange

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#461179 - 12th Jan 2011 2:10pm Re: wild birds [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: summer01
foxes softy ?


Mint or fruit?????

Serious answer - doubt it very much

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#461214 - 12th Jan 2011 2:59pm Re: wild birds [Re: detsi]
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foxy woxy - delicious on toast

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#461223 - 12th Jan 2011 3:05pm Re: wild birds [Re: ]
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more like the fox would eat you .


I'd like to see him try...

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