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Old 26.03.2007, 18:41
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Bird feeding

I've not found anything yet, but if living in an apartment block, do people get funny about things like bird feeders in the garden (assuming we have one)? I do a fair bit of bird photography and painting and having your subjects on the doorstep is sometimes pretty handy as well as it being nice having birds in the garden, but I don't want to upset the new neighbours.
I know, another strange thread from the man who was asking about jumping the border on a prison breakout-reenactment, but I don't know whether to leave the feeders here or not.
Any ideas/advice/anything welcome!

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Old 26.03.2007, 20:24
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Re: Bird feeding

It's generally discouraged to feed birds unless it's a really freaky cold spell. Naturally putting a bit of something out now and again just for the pleasure (and a few pics) wont do any harm.
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Re: Bird feeding

I guess it depends on your neighbours. Probably best to check with them first.
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Old 27.03.2007, 11:02
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Re: Bird feeding

in many DIY stores, they sell bird houses and containers for food so you can tweet the birds well
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Old 27.03.2007, 13:42
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It's generally discouraged to feed birds unless it's a really freaky cold spell. Naturally putting a bit of something out now and again just for the pleasure (and a few pics) wont do any harm.
Oldhand is right with that statement,generally it's not encouraged to feed birds unless it is really very cold and snow covers everything up!
Birdfeeder on your balcony /patio shouldn't be problem at all,place it so that the neighbors won't get the pooh or at least not all of it,to ask the directly concerned neighbors would be a good idea too..
As for a birdfeeder on a pole in the garden you need the Ok from the landlord or renting agency.
Please try to get birdfood that contains no millet ( Hirse) grains!Once this spreads through the lawn it's a nightmare to get rid of and it's leaves can be very sharp and cut childrens feet
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Old 28.03.2007, 04:32
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Re: Bird feeding

Thanks for the replies - I'll see what my new neighbours say. Chances are where we'll be living, there's not a huge amount in the garden (if we have one) anyway, but just handy to know the score.
Shame I won't get to see the blue tits nesting at my parent's place:



Cheers!

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Old 28.03.2007, 07:43
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Re: Bird feeding

We generally feed the birds with various nut/fat balls and a 'feeding house' through the harder winter weeks - this winter was so mild that we have not needed to do this at all. (A poor year for the suppliers of these products.)

When we lived in a flat, we were warned off feeding the birds on our balcony by our landlord. It was claimed that they dirtied the wall and windows below. So we kept the house clean and the birds staved...
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Re: Bird feeding

CB i've had the best experiences of birds nesting on my "balcony" Blackbirds. It broke my heart when my baby dinosaurs were gobbled up by crows and magpies, but they keep coming back to nest. I'd love to save them but nature knows best. I'll see if i can find a pic.
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Thanks for the replies - I'll see what my new neighbours say. Chances are where we'll be living, there's not a huge amount in the garden (if we have one) anyway, but just handy to know the score.Cheers!Tony

You should come and live in my house then ; we got four different kind of tits here, blue tit,crested tit,coal tit and the great tit ,black birds nesting on the grounds plus umpteen sparrows and robins and my personal pride and joy a black redstart nesting under the roof
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Old 28.03.2007, 23:57
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You should come and live in my house then ; we got four different kind of tits here, blue tit,crested tit,coal tit and the great tit ,black birds nesting on the grounds plus umpteen sparrows and robins and my personal pride and joy a black redstart nesting under the roof
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Very nice!
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Re: Bird feeding

Colonel Boris. Definately check with your new neighbours. I used to feed the birds on my balcony but was told not to by my landlord because of the mess they produce. That being said, I live in a small village south of Basel and we see loads of Red Kites, buzzards, heron and the normal blue / coal tits. For a bird lover it's a great place to be.
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Re: Bird feeding

I fear the Winter is the only time people feed birds here, as mentioned above, looking at all the empty fat feeder-bags hanging in the park. I did, however, notice a warden over the local woods putting up dozens of nest boxes. The bird life here is great! Seen black redstarts, serins, crested tits, white wagtails and alpine swifts, amongst others. Niice!
got a page with some ropey photos here.
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