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Why Do Crows Attack Buzzards?

Something I have noticed quite a lot when out and about is birds of prey, usually buzzards, being attacked by crows. I am surprised at this because surely a bird of prey could easily take out a lesser bird if they chose to, but they never seem to retaliate. Why …

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Do Bird Feeders Need To Be Cleaned?

There are so many choices of bird feeder out there; simple bird tables, plastic tube feeders, metal cage feeders, even fancy spring-loaded squirrel-proof feeders. One thing is for sure – over time they will all become dirty and show signs of wear. Today I am going to be looking at …

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Why Most Squirrel Proof Feeders Don’t Work!

I thought that by using a caged bird feeder my squirrel problems would be solved. I had been using a number of different feeders for various food types but eventually the squirrels were taking over. When I started using a caged feeder the squirrels were not deterred and if anything …

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Why You Should Never Touch A Birds Nest

When I discovered a blackbird building a nest in my back garden I was so happy. I stood at the window for ages watching her come and go, wishing I could get a closer look. The nest site was just a few metres from the patio doors but I knew …

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Do Goldfinches Nest In Bird Houses?

Since starting my bird feeding hobby a couple of years ago I have had lot of goldfinch activity in my garden. I love watching them; they are so colourful. I know that tits will nest in bird boxes or bird houses and I have seen some success. But what about …

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Why Do Blackbirds Abandon Their Nests?

Blackbirds have fascinated me for years and, other than Sparrows they appear to be one of the most common birds I see. I was lucky enough to have a Blackbird build a nest in my back garden earlier this year. But, for some reason, she decided to leave once the …