/ Open invite to attractive birds.
...without the mesh...
tree and house sparrows have both suffered serious declines in population over the last 30 years or so to the extent both are on the risk list in the UK.
for OP: mix and match food. peanuts/fat balls/ seeds etc.
Our fat balls tend to get ignored.
Sparrows are in decline so have a mini flock is not a bad thing.
Heaps of info here on the RSPB website:
They eat everything else, just ignore the fat balls.
Are you sure? Most birds just reappear at different times - there's little actual displacement.
And how did you get rid of them?! Poor things - their numbers are in decline too
tits like coconuts
The garden is a bit bleak at the moment due to predation from domestic cats and a sparrow hawk.
No tits on my fat balls.
We have a red kite visits garden. Likes tuna chunks cat food.
> And how did you get rid of them?! Poor things - their numbers are in decline too
yeah, pretty harsh to pick on sparrows for bullying.
I've done my RSPB survey and can say there are x amount of sparrows but not how many are house and how many are tree. If I saw 3 tree sparrows can I assume that the rest are tree sparrows too?
Greenfinches seem much more aggressive than spuggies.
My parents (in Harrogate) have also somehow attracted a red kite into their garden. Funnily enough once that's looming in the area, all the other birds clear off! Perhaps the birds are being scared off by cats or something?
Strange , because people in the know insist that red kites will not predate on other birds. Perhaps your parents' garden birds know something that the experts don't.
Perhaps the smaller birds are not threatened per se, just go somewhere else where there are easier pickings!
Red Kites are carrion birds and generally won't go for anything that will fight back, worms are probably about as adventurous as they get. They've got small talons that aren't well adapted for predating live animals.
Other birds will still mob them and the smaller ones will still see it as a threat hence the reason they bugger off. I don't think they can distinguish between them and other predators such as Sparrowhawks, Peregrines etc.
I don't get much interest in kitchen scraps, peanuts or fat balls. Meal worms are loved by Robins.
Thanks folks for the advice. I'll not be bumping off any Sparrows then, but I'll be trying out the various top tips.
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