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Last year along with the other bird food,I put out 2 new feeders, 1 containing sunflower seeds and the other with top grade peanuts. The peanuts were never touched even although the sunflower feeder was empty.

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Sunflower trumps peanuts every time. 


peanuts here are also untouched, but the seeds and meal worms are gobbled up 


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The squirrels used to eat our peanuts 🥜 they would chew through the wire and let the nuts fall to the ground then eat a few and bury the rest.
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I'm just wondering why the birds leave the peanuts.
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Because the cats watching them.[biggrin]
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I'm just wondering why the birds leave the peanuts.


we‘ve been wondering that. Everything else goes but not the nuts in a feeder. 

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Our nut feeders empty rapidly. Woodpeckers are there all day long. It will possibly be something to do with the ‘visitors’ to your garden. - Are they seed eaters/ground feeders, etc? We also have loads of tits, and nuthatches, hence our nuts disappearing quickly. We also get almost daily visits from flocks of long tailed tits......and they really tuck in to the nuts! 
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Peanuts very popular not so seeds here. Mainly tits and subsidiary thrush and robins
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Tits galore round here, Robin's, blackbirds, the odd rat too, and squirrels.
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I´m trying to get my birds back as they had no food for 3 months from me.
I have a bottle at the front in the tree, they keep emptying that, but most of the seeds are on the ground unopened. The one in the birdhouse in the back garden has not been touched since I filled it. Haven´t seen any birds in the back garden since I got back. They should know I am here, Motley shouts loud enough to tell them [biggrin]IMG_0752.jpeg  IMG_0753.jpeg  IMG_0754.jpeg 


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We, or rather our visiting birds get through 30 Kg of peanuts in around 8 weeks, add to that around 3Kg of sunflower seed and 10 fat balls per week.
The peanuts are devoured by the woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue, great tits and marsh tits, the chaffinches attack the nuts if the sunflower seeds have run out.
The chaffinches, dunnocks, goldfinches, sparrows house and tree, greenfinches, hawfinch, collared dove, siskins tend to go totally for the sunflower seeds.
We do have other visitors to the garden but they tend to stay on the floor rather than the feeders.

So as mentioned previously it will depend on which birds come to your garden.

We live on the edge of a forest and have the large blue cedar which I think helps attract them as they have a safe haven to escape to when they feel threatened.

A couple of very short videos taken a few minutes ago.



 
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mp4 Bird feeder.mp4 (9.49 MB, 15 views)
mp4 Nuthatch.mp4 (9.95 MB, 13 views)


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How did you post those videos John?
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Hi Kev, went to "More reply options" used the "attach files" link, that opens a drop down for you to select the source of the file you want to attach, click on your choice and that's it.

One downside of it is it will only allow 10 mb size files, my original  file was only 20 seconds long but 43 mb so trimmed it down to under 10, hence the very short clips.


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So that’s where all my small birds have gone - they’ve emigrated. [biggrin]
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Thanks John, I knew there were options, but forgot where they were.
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I found out a long time ago that the local bird population won't touch whole peanuts left out for them so I now put crushed peanuts, purchased from a local shop, in my feeders and they soon get gobbled up along with the sunflower hearts etc.

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Are sunflower hearts more palatable for the birds? 

crushed nuts Grandad? No it’s just.........  perhaps I’ll try crushing a few handfuls and see if these are taken. 


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Our blue tits n sparrows will take nuts from the feeder, Robins pick up the broken bits from under the feeders, Liz puts out some seed for the finches too, blackbirds are always here as are starlings but only in ones n twos thank god.
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Are sunflower hearts more palatable for the birds? 

crushed nuts Grandad? No it’s just.........  perhaps I’ll try crushing a few handfuls and see if these are taken. 



For the past 13 years we have fed the birds with sunflower seeds in the shell, to watch them take one fly into the tree and bash away to get inside is lovely, the birds that are too lazy to do that are under the tree picking up all the crumbs that drop. It looks as if some of the birds are just playing with the feeder at the front, baby sparrows do that and empty the container very quickly.

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On an occasion just after I refilled the fat ball container last year starling cleared it in less than an hour.
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I like starlings, some people don’t I realise, but if you watch them I love to see the iridescence of their plumage. The same for the magpie and the football rattle noise they make chattering to all around. 
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We're very fond of the magpies. We watched them build a new nest in a tree next door, we have 4 to watch now and it looks like they're going to use it again this year as they keep landing next to it
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After our trip to France in September/October, the birds took about two weeks before retiring to our feeders Jan. - I am sure yours will be back soon!

Thanks for the great videos John. What a lovely garden and view. You certainly have a lot of birds! Are you in Central France? 

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Simon my name for Starlings is "storm troopers" as they normally go around mob handed and strut around.

Lin, we are in North West in the Mayenne, close to Mayenne town, which by the way is where Rapido are based.

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Yes I know what you mean by that John, they do tend to invade.


I read a report a few days ago where there was an unusual occurrence when around a hundred or so dead starlings were on a road and none in nearby fields. Their conclusion appears to be that a murmuration of starlings was ambushed by a bird of prey, and in manoeuvring, this many of them simply dived en masse into the ground as all of their injuries appeared to be crash related. Such a shame. 


Lin, every time I recall John‘s place I have an overwhelming desire to move over there to somewhere similar.  Such a shame Sue is not as inclined to move, she much prefers to stay here, but for us to travel - in short bursts. 


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