FAO people who work from home: get a bird feeder! Page 2

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  • mal 29 May 2009 13:29:27 22,700 posts
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    A magpie did that in my place once. Broke the bloody window too.

    I couldn't see it, since it dropped to the patio below, but the guy down there told me later it had managed to kill itself. Poor bugger. Still - my fucking window!

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Psychotext 29 May 2009 13:33:25 54,391 posts
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    It must have happened here before. I had a look at the window and there's tons of scratches over the outside.
  • JetSetWilly 29 May 2009 13:42:16 5,721 posts
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    You can get those bird decals to stick on the window and break the reflection, though they're not especially nice. It doesn't have to be a bird decal, just anything that stops it looking like it can fly straight through.

    A collared dove flew into my bedroom window this week and the impact stunned it into dropping a what looked like a week's worth of shit on the window by way of thanks.
  • Aranel 29 May 2009 14:23:59 669 posts
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    JetSetWilly wrote:
    You can get those bird decals to stick on the window and break the reflection, though they're not especially nice.

    Or get the transparent UV stickers. Birds can (apparently) see UV whereas humans can't so it stops them from flying through the windows without you having to put up with horrible bright stickers of butterflies and birds on your windows.
  • bigshot316 29 May 2009 14:29:44 24,053 posts
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    Fucking squirrel keeps eating everything I put out for the birds!!!

    smoggo wrote:
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  • JetSetWilly 29 May 2009 14:30:20 5,721 posts
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    @Aranel - I'll look out for those, cheers!
  • Psychotext 29 May 2009 16:57:33 54,391 posts
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    Just counted 7 baby starlings in the garden. :D
  • Psychotext 29 May 2009 16:58:57 54,391 posts
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    Oh, and if anyone sees those UV stickers online, please post a link here.
  • Aranel 29 May 2009 17:26:52 669 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Oh, and if anyone sees those UV stickers online, please post a link here.

    http://www.ernest-charles.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2eernest%2dcharles%2ecom%2f&WD=alert%20window&PN=pest_deterrents%2ehtml%23aJJ7#aJJ7

    Not cheap though...

    We have loads of starlings at the moment too :) Very noisy!

    Editted to add: Link doesn't work, doh! Search "Window Alert" in the search box on the site and it should come up.
  • Psychotext 29 May 2009 18:01:53 54,391 posts
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    6 isn't too bad... as long as it stops squished birdies. :)

    Thanks.
  • localnotail 29 May 2009 18:05:11 23,093 posts
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    a kingfisher smashed into our patio doors when I was watching tv once. Instant kill :( Didn't even know we had kingfishers until that point (Central Birmingham - but we did have a stream in the back garden). I kept it in a bag in our freezer for months afterwards, it was so beautiful. really unexpectedly light too. My housemates were none too impressed, kept getting it out by accident when they had the munchies and freaking out.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Jeepers 29 May 2009 18:10:29 13,183 posts
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    I have a Gull friend who happily eats from my hand. Visits every day. He's aces. If I take too long to bring him food, or if I don't notice him, he'll tap on the window to get my attention. Now that's clever.
  • Salaman 29 May 2009 18:44:34 19,268 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    kept getting it out by accident when they had the munchies and freaking out.

    :-D

    4 am, stoned off their tits.

    "hmm, let's grab a bite .... OMFG it's that dead bird!"
  • Deleted user 29 May 2009 18:49:02
    A couple of years ago I got into work to find an almost perfect impression of the body of an owl on one of the windows there - looked like it had flown slap-bang into it and left the impression from whatever wax or oil it had on its body. Looked absolutely incredible, hope it was okay after mind. :/
  • Psychotext 1 Jun 2009 15:26:22 54,391 posts
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    I just counted 18 starlings (including babies) in the garden. :o

    Then they panicked and one of the babies flew into my back door. :(

    Flew off afterward though.
  • Aranel 1 Jun 2009 16:34:26 669 posts
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    Saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden yesterday - first time I've seen one here :)
  • mrpon 1 Jun 2009 16:37:55 29,184 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    I have a Gull friend who happily eats from my hand. Visits every day. He's aces. If I take too long to bring him food, or if I don't notice him, he'll tap on the window to get my attention. Now that's clever.
    /stealth "I have a gull friend" post

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • localnotail 1 Jun 2009 18:05:27 23,093 posts
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    oh that's just fowl

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Psychotext 3 Jun 2009 15:28:38 54,391 posts
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    Christ... the starlings just utterly decimated three new sets of fat balls I put out. They're like locusts.
  • JetSetWilly 3 Jun 2009 15:31:51 5,721 posts
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    I told you!
  • Psychotext 3 Jun 2009 15:34:10 54,391 posts
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    It was ok when there were 8 of them... but it's somewhere around 20 now and it's getting out of hand!

    /oz

    [edit - I also appear to have broken my arm. :o]
  • Psychotext 19 Jun 2009 14:36:01 54,391 posts
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    Ok, it's getting crazy now. I've counted 8 wood pigeons, 15 sparrows, 22 starlings, 3 collared doves, 3 magpies and a jackdaw (No partridge). I'm not actually sure all the sparrows are actually sparrows though... some look very different to the others.

    I had a couple of goldfinches, a robin and a baby robin at one point, but not seen them again. :(
  • JetSetWilly 19 Jun 2009 14:40:04 5,721 posts
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    That's a terrific list.

    Last week the robin's nest in our garden got raided by a predator just as the chicks were about to fledge :(
  • pjmaybe 19 Jun 2009 14:40:58 70,676 posts
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    ;_;

    Blackbirds that had nested in our Ivy have died. We think cats got 'em. Found the female behind our bin and the male out by my car (the latter looked like it'd been chewed)

    All the fledgelings died within 24 hours.

  • Psychotext 19 Jun 2009 14:44:22 54,391 posts
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    Any cats that even come near my garden get sprayed by the high pressure hose I have.

    /hates cats and knows cats hate water
  • JetSetWilly 19 Jun 2009 14:52:38 5,721 posts
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    We've got a squirrel feeder out full of (or rather, drained daily of) nuts. They tend to focus on that mainly since we put it out, rather than eating all the bird food.
  • Psychotext 19 Jun 2009 14:53:58 54,391 posts
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    I don't get any squirrels here oddly enough. I've seen maybe one in the 6 years I've lived here. You can buy plenty of squirrel proof feeders, but they're expensive.
  • pjmaybe 19 Jun 2009 14:54:46 70,676 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Any cats that even come near my garden get sprayed by the high pressure hose I have.

    /hates cats and knows cats hate water

    I love cats but hate the way they kill for kicks. We've got bugger all chance of getting any more birds in now there are three cats roaming the neighbourhood. Plus side is that it should keep the vermin levels down I guess, but pisser about the birds :(

  • Fonzie 19 Jun 2009 14:56:11 1,864 posts
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    Squirrels are quite clever and will get to the food if they are near to your garden.

    I don't think we have squirrels near to me. I seem to get the same 2 blackbirds and a magpie but have no feeder. The blackbird keeps getting worms and the magpie had a go at a cat for a good few minutes before the cat walked off.

    Might get a feeder of some form though. Could be interesting to see what it attracts.

    We get a couple of small bats flying around in the evening as well.
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