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Bird Watching Equipment That Every Birder Needs (with six examples)

Bird watching is fun, from backyard birding to the great outdoors, wild birds are fascinating to watch. You probably found my blog because you are a beginner looking for information on bird watching; I want to help you and other beginners to find what you need. I have put together the following guide to help people get started with bird …

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How To Encourage Robins To Use A Nest Box

A friend gave me a ‘robin teapot nester’ for my birthday a year or two ago. I put in amongst a large Laurel bush in my back garden but never had any success. I have noticed how often a certain robin visits my garden and the feeders. Now I want to find out more about how to encourage robins to …

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Working Out Which Type Of Bird Feeder To Use

If you want to start feeding birds in your garden, or even from an apartment balcony, it can be a great hobby. If you put some suitable bird food out, the birds will come. It might take a while but you will see visitors. When I started I did not know which food to use, or which type of bird …

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Garden Bird Feeders Spread Disease : Fact or Fiction?

I have been reading a lot lately about cleaning and washing bird feeders. Is it really necessary? Surely I fill them with seed, the birds come, they take the seed then I refill – simple! Now I am told that bird feeders spread disease. So, what are the dangers of bird feeders and should I worry if I touched dried …

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Using Cayenne Pepper In Bird Seed

Depending on where you live, you may be suffering the unwanted attention of squirrels around your bird feeders. Rodents, vermin, pests – call them what you will, they are a nuisance around bird feeders. So, what can we do to stop squirrels from stealing the bird food? I have heard of using cayenne pepper but, is using cayenne pepper in …

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What Happened When I Moved My Bird Feeders

In a two week experiment I wanted to show just how effective the advice on this and other blogs can be when choosing the best place for a bird feeder. In another post here, I went through the main reasons why birds won’t go to a bird feeder. Reasons such as location, noise and exposure. If you get these things right …

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What Makes A Good Bird Bath : 10 Ways To Get It Right

As I write this post, winter is fast approaching. Cold weather, snow and ice are fun for me and the children, sliding along on the school run. But I want to spare a thought for the birds on my bird feeder. I want to get a bird bath to provide a safe place for the birds to drink and wash …

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Red Algae In Your Bird Bath? This Is What To Do

Something I have noticed since getting into feeding garden birds is the water in my bird bath turns red. I also noticed it in a disused plant pot in the corner of the garden. What is that red stuff in my bird bath? I wanted to find out where it comes from and, more importantly if it is harmful to birds. I …

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Should We Feed Birds Kitchen Scraps? Read This First

How many of us prepare food in the kitchen and wonder what to do with our left overs, rather than just binning them? I hate wasting food and I often throw bread crusts on to the lawn for the birds. But, what I want to know is – should we feed birds kitchen scraps? If so, what can I feed …

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Why Won’t Birds Come To My Feeder? 5 Reasons Why

We recently had some work done in our garden so I took down the bird feeders. I have just put them back up again in time for autumn and winter but in over a week, no birds have been to feed. What am I doing wrong? Why won’t birds come to my feeder? The answer could be as simple as …