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No birds in the Garden, food remains uneaten.


 
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Tobar
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:28 am    Post subject: No birds in the Garden, food remains uneaten. Reply with quote

I live in a suburb of Dublin, and am having difficulty attracting any type of bird into my garden.

I've put up Bird Feeders with peanuts in them, a bird table with mealworm & mixed seeds, Fatballs around the garden, but I cannot seem to get any birds to come in, and, as a result, the food remains uneaten.

Can anybody maybe give me any pointers of what I can do?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tobar, have you a good range of coverage in your garden to allow the birds to nip out and eat, then nip back into hiding if a possible predator appears?
Some birds (ground feeders) also require an open area upon which to feed.
This topic will explain more... Attracting blackbirds.

Do you have some shrubs with berries already in your garden? Berry shrubs in an Irish garden.

Also consider planting lots of native Irish trees and shrubs (space permitting), local birds love local plants.
Go to an area where you normally see loads of birds, then try and introduce some of the plants from that area into your site (don't rip them up, sow or buy new ones . Razz )

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some times it takes time for birds to feel safe in a garden. If you give them time and space they will come . I have lots of differant types they keep me amused for hours. Twisted Evil Have you got cats.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 2 cats next door, could these be causing me this problem?

As the garden is relatively new, alot of the planting is young. The lawn is also fairly new, so there should be a mix of open area & coverage going forward.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tobar wrote:
There are 2 cats next door, could these be causing me this problem?

As the garden is relatively new, alot of the planting is young. The lawn is also fairly new, so there should be a mix of open area & coverage going forward.


I would say it is a combination of all the above mentioned factors. Add to that the fact that it is a mild winter and there is tonnes of food available in the wild means the birds are slow to enter an unknown zone such as your garden. Young plants with basic cover would put them off even more. You will have more birds if times get colder and the food supplies in the wild get used up
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Dad feeds a semi- wild cat, two wild cats and some tamer neighbouring cats plus a fox.

He has bird feeders and lots of birds come around, especially for the seeds (they're not too bothered about the peanuts at the moment).

The birds do take a while to cop that the food is there.
But it's hanging off branches on trees that are inaccessable to cats (the branches are too thin, not near an over looking wall etc.).

So maybe with the cold spell coming up you might get some action!

Best of Luck and Patience.

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