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Spice Cat23/04/2012 23:04:11
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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.


Eamonn Fahey23/04/2012 23:07:06
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My Mam puts out meal worms for Robins, Blackbirds & Thrushes.

Stephen Grigg24/04/2012 10:19:38
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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
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Earth worms

David Gilder24/04/2012 12:57:16
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


Spice Cat25/04/2012 22:01:33
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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!!


Frank Skilbeck25/04/2012 22:05:28
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We had this visitor yesterday evening, not at all interested in the bird seed or fat balls

Spice Cat25/04/2012 22:10:11
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Either it is carrying out some yoga exercise or it's only got one leg.....

English Bunt.25/04/2012 22:15:45
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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


PatMc25/04/2012 22:39:52
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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
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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
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Some of our recent visitors. Some great covering jobssmiley. The goldfinches especially go for Niger seeds.

Tbone26/04/2012 13:42:11
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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.


Mike Etheridge 127/04/2012 14:41:09
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Do you have problems with squirrels attacking your Niger seed feeder?


Mike Etheridge 129/04/2012 17:13:55
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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!


Badgers 3

Badgers 1

Badgers 2


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

Mike Etheridge 127/05/2012 23:28:35
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I had not seen the badgers for months,and the one animal I had been hand feeding with bread almost daily for 5 years had disappeared,but last week a badger arrived at the back door for some peanuts and a hand-feed with bread. i am waiting for him/her now.

Badger returns



Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 27/05/2012 23:33:50

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