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Why Most Squirrel Proof Feeders Don’t Work!

I thought I was pretty smart using a caged bird seed feeder. Over a number of months I had used different feeders for various food types but eventually the squirrels were  taking over. When I started using a caged feeder again the squirrel tried but then gave up after a minute or so. I thought I had cracked it but …

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How To Make A Log Feeder For Woodpeckers (with photos!)

Woodpeckers are great – they look good and they are fascinating to watch. The trouble is that where I live they don’t appear that often. I hear them in the trees nearby but I wanted to know how I could attract them to my garden. Is it even possible to entice woodpeckers to your back garden? As you will see …

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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 if I went over for a look the mother bird …

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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 the Goldfinch? Do they nest in bird houses? Where do …

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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 nest was complete. Why was this? Why do Blackbirds abandon …

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How Do You Attract Birds Quickly? The Five Steps To Success

Attracting birds to your feeders can be hit and miss, whether in a garden or on a balcony. Whilst there are a number of things you can do to encourage birds to come and feed, it is not quite an exact science and birds are not always predictable. So, how can we attract birds more quickly? If you want the …

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Which Garden Birds Eat Sunflower Seeds?

When I started out feeding garden birds, I wasn’t keen on spending a lot of money on seed if it was going to be wasted. I wanted this to be a success but the burning question was – which bird food attracts the most birds? I had heard a lot about sunflower seeds but which garden birds even eat sunflower …

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Why Do Birds Throw Seed Out Of The Feeder?

Have you ever noticed just how much seed birds waste by throwing it out from the feeder? If you are reading this you have probably become fed up with seed mess on the ground below the feeder and the thought of good money spent on bird seed being wasted. Why do birds throw seed out of a feeder? Are they …

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5 Ways To Keep Squirrels Off Your Bird Feeder (that actually work)

Love them or hate them, squirrels can be a nuisance; small birds are scared away from the feeder, expensive bird seed gets wasted and, more importantly squirrels can cause serious damage to our homes if encouraged to stay. So, just how do you keep squirrels from eating bird seed? Can we stop squirrels climbing bird feeders in the first place? …