By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by CML

A welcome visitor to the garden

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
Spice Cat23/04/2012 23:04:11
1304 forum posts
129 photos

Good evening,

With members of the forum being the font of knowledge on all aspects of life in general, I ask for some advice.

This is aviation related in that each evening a male Blackbird serenades us from the tree in my next door neighbours garden. He does such a beautiful job and I want to reward him with a free meal occasionally.

So far he has refused the bird seed and those fat ball things, bread I wont do as it's not too good for them.

Any ideas please. He deserves a little thanks.

Regards.

Eamonn Fahey23/04/2012 23:07:06
avatar
529 forum posts
58 photos

My Mam puts out meal worms for Robins, Blackbirds & Thrushes.

Stephen Grigg24/04/2012 10:19:38
avatar
8691 forum posts
1128 photos

I would go for a nice steak and kidney pie,or thats what my cats are told there getting

Allan Bowker24/04/2012 12:49:06
avatar
1626 forum posts
227 photos

Earth worms

David Gilder24/04/2012 12:57:16
avatar
1855 forum posts
656 photos

Meal worms are loved by Blackbirds, but I suggest just turning over a patch of soil to reveal a few nice worms from the ground..... I'm sure he will be very gratefull !!!

dont know

Richard Wood24/04/2012 12:58:51
avatar
1094 forum posts
164 photos

Blackbirds often eat all the berries off the rowan tree in our garden

in the autumn - they do like berries, crushed apples & sultanas.

Geoff Jackson24/04/2012 13:17:28
160 forum posts
3 photos

Insect suet feeder. My 2 blackbirds spent a couple of weeks watching the starlings hanging onto the feeder and have now become quite adept at hanging on till they are stuffed!!

Djay24/04/2012 13:31:35
avatar
543 forum posts
445 photos

We have 3 big green parrots who come into our garden and eat at the bird feeder.

Our two cats and two dogs sit there but the birds are just out of reach.

The parrots love the peanuts and lard balls.

I suppose being a Muslim country they do not get proper lard balls usually, but we bring ours over from UK.

Darryl (from Dubai)

Mike Etheridge 124/04/2012 14:40:17
1536 forum posts
429 photos

Yes blackbirds love earth worms and will often chase song thrushes out of our garden to ensure that they the blackbirds get the most worms. Yesterday two Mistle Thrushes arrived in the garden to feed on worms and also re-appeared today and removed several worms from the ground. Last year Magpies objected to the Mistle Thrushes and chased them off.

Blackbirds also eat red berries from what might be a Rowan tree also in our garden.

We get any number of the ring neck parakeets that love sunflower seeds and this year gold finches have appeared regularly.

I have a sister that lives in Southampton. She feeds a pair of blackbirds on raisins and they call at her back door for them. In the past they had a thrush that would enter their house for food

Part Time Twitcher

MJE

Spice Cat25/04/2012 22:01:33
1304 forum posts
129 photos

Many thanks people for taking the time to reply. Report from the back garden is that there is one VERY happy slightly overweight blackbird in residence. He seems to like California raisons the best. Expensive taste!!

Regards.

Frank Skilbeck25/04/2012 22:05:28
avatar
4539 forum posts
101 photos

We had this visitor yesterday evening, not at all interested in the bird seed or fat balls

Spice Cat25/04/2012 22:10:11
1304 forum posts
129 photos

Either it is carrying out some yoga exercise or it's only got one leg.....

English Bunt.25/04/2012 22:15:45
avatar
54 forum posts
67 photos

Beautiful,im lucky to have a couple of Red Kites who patrole over my house they are so huge and very graceful..perfectly riding the thermalsthumbs up

Alex

PatMc25/04/2012 22:39:52
avatar
4252 forum posts
523 photos

We chuck out apple cores, any overipe bananas, damaged cherries or grapes or rasps etc & cut up some of the apple windfalls. Until a couple of years ago we had a gooseberry bush that that we didn’t pick but left for the blackies. They really loved the fruit & the catterpillars that sometimes infested the bush. (Meat & dessert from one bush)
It’s important to make sure that blackies have regular access to fresh clean water so they can bathe & preen themselves. In freezing weather I clear the ice from the birdbath & replenish it at least once a day.
The rest of the year I have to clean the birdbath at least twice a day because a magpie regularly comes in & dunks any bread it’s scavenged before eating it. teeth 2

TheFlyingCrust26/04/2012 00:23:11
avatar
611 forum posts
67 photos

Try some currents or chopped up raisins or sultanas. Especially if soaked in warm water before putting them out. Works for the blackbirds we get in our garden.

Phil Brooks26/04/2012 13:31:04
avatar
461 forum posts
148 photos

Some of our recent visitors. Some great covering jobssmiley. The goldfinches especially go for Niger seeds.

Tbone26/04/2012 13:42:11
19 forum posts
23 photos

We've started using sunlower seed hearts, just a small scatter on the slabs, to divert the blackbirds from coming into the conservatory and nicking the dogs lunch.

(Also try Autarki dry dog pellets, chicken and rice flavour, the blackbirds love them!)

Beware, birds can get very stroppy if you stop feeding them.

tbone

Tom Sharp 226/04/2012 20:03:48
avatar
3591 forum posts
19 photos
Posted by Phil Brooks on 26/04/2012 13:31:04:

Some of our recent visitors. Some great covering jobssmiley. The goldfinches especially go for Niger seeds.

Just great Phil, I have given it 5 Star on your album. The last picture is worth sending to the TV.

Mike Etheridge 127/04/2012 14:41:09
1536 forum posts
429 photos

Phil,

Do you have problems with squirrels attacking your Niger seed feeder?

MJE

Mike Etheridge 129/04/2012 17:13:55
1536 forum posts
429 photos

My badger friends-they love peanuts and bread and if you talk to them nicely they will come to visit you and take bread from your hand!

They are not interested in planes!

MJE

Badgers 3

Badgers 1

Badgers 2

 

Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 29/04/2012 17:31:29

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find RCM&E! 

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
electricwingman 2017
CML
Cambridge Gliding Club
Slec
Gliders Distribution
Wings & Wheels 2019
Pepe Aircraft
Sarik
Advertise With Us
Latest "For Sale" Ads
Do you use a throttle kill switch?
Q: This refers to electric-powered models but do you use a throttle kill switch?

 Yes
 No
 Sometimes
 Rarely

Latest Reviews
Digital Back Issues

RCM&E Digital Back Issues

Contact us

Contact us