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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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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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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 …