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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive. I should give it a try but I dont really know my bird types very well. they're all LBJ's (little brown jobs) except for Robins. I'll go and have a look and see how I get on
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was very ignorant when I started doing the survey, but with the help of a book and a pair of binoculars ( essential with eyesight like mine ) I slowly got to know most garden birds.....discovering some I had never even heard of. As for the LBJs, they cause a lot of head-scratching and leafing through books ! It becomes vaguely addictive and great fun.....lasts just 3 months Dec/Jan/Feb.
I'll try to remember to put up a post about the survey next autumn. You don't even have to be a member of Birdwatch Ireland to do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don!t feed the birds. WHAT?????
http://www.thanet.gov.uk/environment__planning/environmental_health/pest_control/do_not_feed_the_birds.aspx
http://mix967.ca/2011/05/hatfield-says-dont-feed-the-birds/
http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/8188111.Don___t_feed_the_birds_in_Callands/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some one mentioned leaving out fruit, Can we have some more info on what types of fruit, and which birds it might attract? Thanks so much
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut eating apples in half and leave them close to cover such as shrubs, where I know blackbirds are happy to feed....they adore them. I have read blackcaps like apples too, but I only occasionally see blackcaps, so have never noticed whether they go for my apples or not.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

red dessert apples are gone within a few hours in our back garden. cooking apples last much longer.
since birds don't have a great sense of taste, i'm not sure why.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the idea for using two hanging baskets to protect food on the ground! I'll definitely try that one next winter.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey I know someone who uses 16 inch (the biggest) baskets and hangs up his his peanut or seed feeders inside the top of an upturned one and then wires the other basket to the first basket. Thus making a globe and hangs it up. Little birds can get in and big birds and squirrels are prevented
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My father has something similar. Two shopping baskets tied together.
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