Somewhere in the solar system
- Mar 15, 2008
Yes I'm a bit like that with our six cats. They are all hunters. OH feeds the sparrows and has a "pet" seagull that he feeds in the field whilst taking Storm out for grass (twice a day then I take over). We used to feed the professor Yaffles (young blackies) but it's not safe. They tried to nest in Storm's box but I removed the old nests, for their own good this spring. In the back garden we get lots of smaller birds, but I don't actively feed them, they help themselves to the fruit bushes.I do not deliberately feed garden birds as I have 4 cats, 3 of which are hunters (the other is just a stalker!). We have wrens, robins and blackbirds visiting the garden, and I am always anxious for their safety. But the birds around me are generally not of the garden variety, being mostly coastal and moorland types. The starlings, sparrows and rock doves “share” the chicken feed, despite my efforts to the contrary. We have found a starling and a rock dove trapped inside the treadle feeder ( on separate occasions). - both flew out unharmed, but rather full!
That looks like a young RobinI saw this one on the feeder today. If I had to guess, it looked like a baby something or other?
I did spot a nearby house with a pole and three things hanging, so we could be a on regular route they fly over.
Looking at what's out there to buy, so much choice, and some really fun designs.
Could bird feeders come under enrichment for the cob. View attachment 103215
Yes you are quite right about that. When we left our old house I was quite upset at the thoughts of all ours going hungry! Luckily it was during the summer when we moved, not winter, so I like to think they could still dig for worms, eat berries and flies etc. OH is always saying we must not stop feeding the birds that we do feed, like the sparrows that follow him in the field. They do come to rely on him! Lol I joke some mornings as I see him coming to take over the shift at holding Storm for grass and walking her - I say "oh look here comes St Francis of Assisi" because all the sparrows seem to follow him.............he has pockets full of crumbs, broken digestives and brown bread with seeds. Hahahahaa. And now of course he has another pet gull.The thing that worries me most about feeding the birds is them coming to rely on a steady source of food and then what happens if you go away, or move house? Potentially there will be more birds in the area than the natural food supply can support. It always upsets me when I think about it.
They find another source that's what nature does.The thing that worries me most about feeding the birds is them coming to rely on a steady source of food and then what happens if you go away, or move house? Potentially there will be more birds in the area than the natural food supply can support. It always upsets me when I think about it.