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Just spotted this new visitor to the garden can't identify it from any of my books so would be grateful for a name against the bird.
Nice shot phil.I could be wrong but it might be a female brambling.
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Good spot Phil, its a female Brambling.
Chuffed to have another species in the garden at the moment the garden is packed with visitors scoffing all the bird food i did the big bird garden watch this year and got 15 species which i thought was good.
The photo in my bird book is of the male so very different and the drawn pictures never look like the photos next to them
my tip for feeding the birds is use sunflower hearts as just about everything eats them but also use fat balls or bars as that attracts woodpeckers and long tailed tits and others that don't go for the seed.
thanks for the id
Beautiful birds, well captured and a good spot.
Quote: use fat balls
. . . but not the ones in the green netting bags.
Small birds can become entangled and will even tear off their own legs to get away.
By all means use the fatballs but get rid of the bags first.
I couldn't ID this either so thanks for the info. I think I've got one in my garden as well.
More than aware of the green net bags. i have noticed that they now sell them without the net bags in the shops. I tend to go for the bars or cakes as the balls just seem to fall apart and generally aren't very good quality. i did try making some of my own from raw suet from the butchers which was fun but i will stick to buying them in the future. ASda did the fat bars for £1 (normally £2-£3 elsewhere) so worth keeping an eye out. also don't buy the cheap seed mixes as they are just normally full of rubbish the birds won't eat. as said before sunflower hearts are the best i have found
I buy wld bird seed from the local £1.00 shop and they love it. I tried sunflowers, seeds and hearts but they weren't so keen. I get packs of loose fatballs from there too. Something like 6 for £1.00 and the birds do eat them but they're not really very good. They're not very good for dogs though so try not to leave any big bits on the floor.
We've got a big ASDA nearby so I'll have a look in there.
If you're interested, there's a forum thread on this very subject running somewhere.
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