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TandA
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« on: May 13, 2013, 05:31:14 pm »

Can anyone offer tips for feeding birds in my garden. I have many sparrows, some nesting blackbirds and various small shy birds that I have yet to identify. In the hope of getting some photos I set out some fatballs and these were rapidly demolished by sparrows who learned to hang like Bluetits to feed. I made some peanut feeders that were hugely popular with tits in the UK but so far have been avoided by any of the birds in my garden near Mijas. Do they not like peanuts (unsalted variety)? I also put out bowls of water in the dry periods.
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 06:54:27 pm »

I think that you are experiencing the same as I did, both here in Andalucia and back in Denmark: under normal circumstances healthy wild birds prefer to find their own food! They know what is good for them.

Under extreme conditions, such as heavy snowfall, they may appreciate a helping hand.

Many of the small unidentified birds are likely to eat insects only!

Now, the water is the best option, preferably available at all times, so the birds know that they can rely on it. The small bowls offered by garden centers will run dry very fast. A blackbird splashing while enjoying a bath and it is neary empty, and the strong sun will do the rest in no time.

How about nesting boxes? Have a look at:

http://www.weboryx.com/oryx/faces/es/jsf/buscador.jsp?q=caja+de+nido&qr=1&rs=1

Good luck
Petrea

PS: have you got Aloe arborescens in your garden? Chiffchaffs and blackcaps like the nectar:
https://picasaweb.google.com/104328707567851681445/AvesBirds#5619597703447222530
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 11:33:25 pm »

In Spain there is never really a shortage of food but there is of water.  So a good and constant supply of water will attract birds.

A friend of mine has also found cutting a pomegranate in half and hanging it up (cut part facing upwards) attracts Sardinian Warblers.  He has also had success with raisons.  Meal worms are also quite an attraction.

David
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