What birds do you get in your garden

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  1. Norfolk Nomad

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    So you're partly responsible for the smell I get wafting over from the beet factory:)
     
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    I must admit it does stink doesn’t it. Plus the roads are filthy from the trucks running there.
     
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    A Pied Wagtail has taken up residence here for the winter. Likes mealworms for breakfast.

    After the storm we had a Red Legged Partridge in the garden for a few days but we haven't seen it today.
     
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    Had our first visitors to the feed station this morning, 2 pidgin and one starling. Now the 2 pidgins are fighting over who gets on the food. Have I caused unrest in the garden, haha
     
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    Our collared doves were back yesterday ....not seen them for a few weeks and we now have a little gold crest that comes everyday he seems to be on his own though:(
     
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    I always thought that starlings were in flocks but we have just one that comes on his own and he is always very hungry
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    The Partridge is back today so I gave it some seeds:

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    The partridge has not got many days to go before it’s safe, season ends soon.
     
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    Numbers have increased, now 4 starlings and 1 pidgin think morning. Pidgin keeps the starlings off of the feeder though.
     
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    How long before others had birds feeding on the tube feeders in their garden. Only had the pidgins eating everything off the tray , starlings did not get much of a look in. No other birds have come into the garden yet.
     
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    It does take a while for the garden birds to use a new feeder. Small birds like sparrows and tits prefer a seed feeder to be close to some cover preferably an evergreen tree branch or hedge.

    Starlings will come to the fat ball feeder. They also love mealworms on the ground as do the Robin and the Blackbird, and the pastry crust from a cornish pasty too.
     
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    Seems strange that the starlings only appear when the pidgin comes, yet the starlings eat the fat balls which are there all the time and the pidgin has no interest in.
     
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    Starlings are very intelligent. They wait for the pigeon to land first to see if the coast is clear. If there is a Sparrowhawk hanging around near the bird feeders, which is quite common, the Sparrowhawk will attack the pigeon. I agree that pigeons normally won't try to eat fatballs. Sometimes they will eat suet sprinkles on the ground but they much prefer seeds.

    The Partridge turned up again for breakfast. He pecks at leafy plants so I tried offering him a bit of lettuce as well as seeds. Not interested.
     
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