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Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

Here's a regular to my garden feeder, a Dunnock and I managed to get better focus on this lovely little critter today.

These birds have a habit of foraging for the seeds on the floor around the feeder that the other birds have knocked off in their haste to grab the best bits. This often means they come in a little closer to the window and if I am lucky I can grab a better shot.

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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

Veeeerrry nice capture! I must try moving my bird feeders nearer the window - yours must be really close.
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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

Think I'll have to get rid of my cat(only joking if my daughter see this).

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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

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Veeeerrry nice capture! I must try moving my bird feeders nearer the window - yours must be really close.
Hi Hugh - my feeder is about 8-10' from the glass doors of the conservatory, and I am just two feet further from those. I do regularly sprinkle feedstuffs of all kinds around the feeders, on the floor and also on the weedy bank next to the feeder. I have been very lucky to have attracted a fair old range and variety of bird species - but I'd still like to attract some of the more elusive species such as Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Goldfinches and bramblings. I have seen a few Sparrowhawks around the area too chasing smaller birds into the trees and fauna, I'd love to get one of those.

I posted a link the other day to a site that sells all manner of feeders, boxed and feed etc. I like the ones that attach themselves to the glass doors and might very well be purchasing one or two of those quite soon.
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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

Nice shot John! Looks like that little one knocked the feeder over talk about punching above its weight!
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Nice shot John! Looks like that little one knocked the feeder over talk about punching above its weight!
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Haha Phil... nicely spotted.

I have placed a 'fat feeder' on the floor underneath the main hanging feeders by way to entice some of these foragers to... well... forage I also have some logs, and some plastic containers with feed in them there a well.

Come to think of it, I did promise to post a snap of the feeder and how it is all set up. Must get to that as soon as I can.
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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

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Haha Phil... nicely spotted.

I have placed a 'fat feeder' on the floor underneath the main hanging feeders by way to entice some of these foragers to... well... forage I also have some logs, and some plastic containers with feed in them there a well.

Come to think of it, I did promise to post a snap of the feeder and how it is all set up. Must get to that as soon as I can.
Whilst there is no need to be unreasonable or alarmist about it, it is worth noteing that there are some risks to feeding birds.

First - that bird food is attractive to other animals, particularly rats and Johns favourite, the squirrel, so make it unprofitable for them by keeping quantities down to the minimum. Food on the ground should be provided in small amounts and at differring locations.

Secondly - birds have a very poor sense of hygene, and will happily piss and **** all around the feeding table, unfortunately this is a great way of spreading disease amongst the bird population - so the table and surrounding area need to be cleaned regularly.

Finally - no old bread, it contains too many sugars and almost no nutrients, and has no real nutritional value - and birds don't like it.

This fellow worked quite hard to find the nuts amongst the bread on a park feeding table (not the best of shots).



(oops nearly forgot to say - nice shot john)

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Re: Todays Dunnock... getting closer...

Nice shot Nick Great framing of the bird against the bread, and topical to your post too
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