We investigated the bird feeders this morning. I can almost hear you ask, “Investigate bird feeders?”.

It’s not that we want all the feathered friends in the neighbourhood to flock to our garden, share and share alike, I say. It seemed curious that the lovely new peanut house didn’t seem to attract bird life, the four perch seed feeder seemed a forlorn perching place, and the fat balls just weren’t disappearing. That is until today.

I saw a bunch of blackbirds or perhaps they were crows, nibbling at the minute bits of fat balls left in the almost empty nets. In between heavy snow falls, we decided it was time to put out some more fat balls and refill the seed feeder. On checking the seed feeder with a smaller one, we discovered that the access to the seeds in the four perch feeder was restricted, meaning therefore, that the birds could not get to the larger seeds in the mix. They had piled up at the bottom of the feeder, and were going nowhere. Those seeds were shaken out on top of the new snow. For now, the small seed feeder with a single perch, (but two nibbling access points) is out, while the other one is cleaned and dries off. We shall probably modify it.

This afternoon The birds are back, doing their gripping little perch dances, and exploring the food stores that we have left out for them.



  1. We use to use peanuts for the birds and a squirrel that used to pop by but my husband saw a rat and some mice so we stopped buying it to discourage them which it did but its great seeing the variety of birds that use the feeder ..

  2. Squirrels can be a great rodent nuisance, and as you noticed, encourage other types of rodents. Once encouraged, the squirrels can be very difficult to dislodge. It can become a huge problem and a ‘scourge’ for everyone nearby.

    Squirrels are not an issue where I live.

  3. I think birds are quite quixotic in their eating habits – some days I refill the peanut feeder every time, and other days they ignore it. The sunflower seeds always go though, and my home made fat puddings never seem to last long – a good way to use up dripping – especially now we have half a very fat pig in the freezer!But the niger feeder I bough for our newly resident goldfinches seems to attract very little interest. Ho hum – that was £4.99 wasted!

  4. I have found that some bird feeders are designed to be dedicated to that firm that manufactured it, seed packs for that item. I am not willing to be manipulated like that. Seed is feed and the birds seem to like all sorts, if they can get to it.

    As for the cost of the feeders, yes, that is a case in point. My double length one, the one that appears to be problematic, is going to have to be modified – a bit of careful filing will be in order, I think. That feeder was quite pricey, it will not be going on the waste heap.

    You may find if you persevere with your niger feeder (check it just in case there’s a difficulty for the birds) the goldfinches may go with it, together with the other foods that are available.

  5. I have a fair amount of tree sparrows that like the fat balls, but didn’t eat them in icy weather, so I think they must have been savoury ice lollies.

    I watched a determined jackdaw get a fatball to the ground, despite the firm knotting to the tree.

  6. Yes, I was wondering about the ‘firmness’ of the fat balls. With the temperatures we’ve been having of late, they would have been solid. Just now, the balls are being nibbled at frequently, a good sign that we are in + temperatures at this time.

    The smaller seed feeder appears to be more accessible to the birds and we are seeing a lot more smaller ones coming back to treat themselves. A robin is a frequent visitor.

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