With the arrival of the Sparrowhawk (which I haven’t seen again since the last time I posted :(), and the ever-present cat from next door, I decided it was time to provide a bit more protection for the little ones!
So, I’ve bought a guard for the ground feeder. So far, only the Robin and 3 Blackcaps (2 males & 1 female, happy days :)) have ventured into it.
It is quite funny watching the Starlings trying to work out how they can get to the food inside – we’re thinking of attaching string or something to the lid to see how long it takes them to figure out if they pull the string, the lid will open & they’ll be able to get inside 🙂
I’ve also bought a large fat ball feeder, which is currently hanging up on the corner of the bungalow…..
Nothing has come onto the window feeder at all, but I put it there on the off chance that a member of the Tit family may pass by & spot it! I am debating whether to move it to the front window (my office window) as there are a couple of Blue Tits that flit through the hedge at the front on a daily basis. Only thing is I work from home & I might not get any work done at all if it’s on my window 😉
I’m currently completing the Birdwatch Ireland Garden Bird survey, which runs for 13 weeks – I do it every year, and I must say so far this time it has been the worst ever!! I’m in the 4th week, and have only had a grand total of 15 different species in the garden! I can’t even include the Sparrowhawk as I’ve not seen it since starting the survey 🙁
I never thought I’d say it, but please hurry up & snow -I want to see Redwings, Fieldfares and Long Tailed Tits in my garden!
I need another 7 species in the garden to beat last years total….. and only 10 days to do it in!