The amount of birds we have visiting there is no food left by mid afternoon.....we did used to get a little harvest mouse come occasionally but we haven’t seen it recently.....our neighbours across the stream have a cat so it may have eaten our little harvest mouseI used to crunch up suet balls with a hammer and put them on a bit of a paving slab for the blackbirds etc but it attracted rats so I don,t do that anymore.
CRickey - I could have written that (nearly) about my back garden/neighbours. add marauding seagulls and fewer sparrows And a variety of tits. Piggins and doves yes, sparrow hawk no. I have posted this elsewhere but anyway - I am a bit higher up the hill and now I can see right into their kitchen - serves them right!Fewer garden birds this year. That's a direct consequence of the new neighbours at the back having all the trees (mainly conifers) removed from the bottom of their garden. My privacy is gone too. Whatever I plant now will take years to fill the gap.
These days, it's mostly corvids seen in the garden. Jackdaws, Magpies, and an occasional Rook. They pick moss of the roof looking for insects. Bits of moss all over the patio.
Some Sparrows and mixed Tits on the feeders. Not much else apart from a few dopey Woodpigeons and Collared Doves who come for seeds spilled on the ground.
The resident small flock of Starlings (30 at its peak) still comes for a daily breakfast of mealworms and suet sprinkles. They are much warier, having been predated by visiting Sparrowhawks. Luckily the neighbours on both sides have some trees where they can hide.