They are RUINED.
I'm forever topping up my numerous feeders etc but I have had to throw a lot away lately because they've not been eating it and a lot of the fat things have gone off! The wet weather doesn't help either. They have a massive choice. Fat balls, coconut halves, suet blocks, Suet logs, suet pellets in lots if different flavours and the suet nuggets that they loved last year have gone black and rotten. Flutter butter - the first jar they scoffed, the second? Left to rot. I think NDFC has a lot to answer for. Also one year I couldn't keep up with black sunflower seeds, this year - they go ignored and it's the hearts they go for. If I ever put peanuts out, they get ignored! My newest feeder is a mealworm one. Doesn't seem to go down. The ground feeder gets a mixture of seeds, finch and Robin food put in them. The collard doves and massive turkey sized wood pigeon scoff those.
I clean the feeders regularly and at a time when there's not usually any visitors and I don't do them all at once so there's always some food out whilst they dry. The majority of the feeders are close to the tree. But there are two other feeding stations at the other end of the garden.
I've seen great tits, coal tits, blue tits, sparrows, starlings, goldfinch and a greenfinch. I've a resident Robin and Mr n Mrs Blackbird. I want a wren and a woodpecker! I used to have a flock of sparrows - down to a couple now. The odd dunnock visits. Resident starlings are often squabbling over one fat ball feeder - when there's ALL the fat hanging up elsewhere too. CRAZY BIRDS!
I've three points of fresh water too.
Now, while I am aware I want flocks of little feathered chums, I'm also aware that it could get a bit creepy - someone on here already calls me Tippi Hendron.
So, what am I doing wrong? Is it a case of less is more?
Just realised I need to link you to the inspiration for this whinge! http://simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/winterwatch.html
Some beautiful birdy shots to see!
I'm registered for the Big garden watch - are you?
Right, better get to work! No rest for the wicked...
Lots of love from
Rachel *feeeeeed the birds, tuppence a bag ( more like five quid a bag )* Radiostar xxx
How grown up does he look now?