Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

The apples are paying off already

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average.
Old Wednesday 11th December 2002, 23:08   #1
Andy Bright
Administrator
BF Supporter 2018
 
Andy Bright's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4,945
The apples are paying off already

As I no longer have a decent apple tree, it's down to Sainsburys apples to lure the birds in winter.

Within two days of hanging them up on the branches (including a cherry tree...just to confuse the birds and neighbours!) and a few scattered on the lawn the first over-winterers have arrived in the garden (my suburban Watford one).....yesterday saw a Redwing pecking at an apple on the lawn and a female Blackcap permanently attached to a bright red apple hanging from the cherry tree (that always confuses both birds and neighbours).

Today saw the first Fieldfare, and very nice to see him bullying Blackbirds (they need bringing down a peg or two) as well as seeing off any loitering Starlings...o.k. so the Blackbirds and Starlings are likely to be winter visitors but we've all got our favourites.
Female Blackcap joined by Male today, though the solitary Redwing was a no-show (they're never as reliable as the Fieldfares).
Andy B
__________________
www.Digiscoped.com
also, if you're particularly bored, try www.andybright.com - mediocre aviation photography
Andy Bright is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 06:14   #2
IanF
Moderator
 
IanF's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Billingham, NE England
Posts: 55,865
You've attracted nice species there Andy. I'd especially like to get Blackcaps back into the garden.

I only ever put apples out on the ground, which the Blackbirds love. Perhaps I'll have to start suspending a fewin trees too - the birds may be able to see them from a bit further off

We ceratinly have plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares in the coutryside, just a mile away, but they seldom visit the garden, despite all the berry bushes. Blackcaps bred very successfully too, so perhaps they may find their way here when the weather turns a bit colder.

Maybe this year !
IanF is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 10:17   #3
monkeyman
Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.
 
monkeyman's Avatar

 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Walsall, UK
Posts: 655
Got to try this one!

__________________
Aquila non capit muscas
monkeyman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 10:36   #4
dylan
Registered User
 
dylan's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Surrey
Posts: 469
do bananas work ?
dylan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 18:59   #5
MikePearson
Senior Member
 
MikePearson's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Fakenham, Norfolk
Posts: 228
That depends entirely on what you want them to do Dylan
MikePearson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 20:04   #6
Andy Bright
Administrator
BF Supporter 2018
 
Andy Bright's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4,945
It's hard work tying 20+ apples to branches (up some very tall stepladders in cold weather!).....then a flock of Winter thrushes eat the lot in a few hours!

I tie ones to the trees to entice and catch the eye of any over-flying birds, once they've found the apples you can put them on the lawn, they'll stay for as long as you keep putting them out.

Today i found a good supply of windfall apples.... maybe 300lb of them, though that won't keep a big flock fed for the whole winter.
Here's a pic of two happy customers.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	apples.jpg
Views:	149
Size:	69.1 KB
ID:	349  
__________________
www.Digiscoped.com
also, if you're particularly bored, try www.andybright.com - mediocre aviation photography
Andy Bright is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 20:31   #7
LMG
Registered User
 
LMG's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Somerset
Posts: 161
Super pics as usual. I must also try hanging apples in a tree!
LMG is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 21:06   #8
T0ny
Okillre Member
 
T0ny's Avatar

 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Paston, Norfolk, UK
Posts: 1,091
I agree - nice pics. Just a suggestion - instead of using string to suspend the fruit, would it be possible to make 'S'-shaped hooks (butcher's hooks) from old wire coat-hangers, impale the apples on them, and just loop these over the branches ? If the apples are being consumed as fast as you say, they will not have time to go gunjy around the metal. (Next week, we show you how to make a telescope from two toilet rolls and some clingfilm).

Tony
__________________
When in Danger or in Doubt -
Run in circles, scream and shout.
T0ny is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 12th December 2002, 21:28   #9
Andy Bright
Administrator
BF Supporter 2018
 
Andy Bright's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4,945
Hi Tony, you are referring to my MK1 design (circa 1999).....I changed to green garden twine for the odd reason that wire looked so unpleasant in my photos, then again.... you're not going to fool anyone that they are naturally hanging (especially from a cherry tree!).

Having got plenty of stock pics of Blackcaps and Fieldfares (still waiting for a killer Redwing pic) I may go back to the wire (possibly green plastic coated).

I tend to ease back on the numbers of hanging apples after the birds have discovered them, they'll happily go down on to the lawn to eat for the rest of the winter (the remaining hanging apples are mainly for the Blackcaps.... 11 different birds at one time last winter!)
Regards,
Andy B
__________________
www.Digiscoped.com
also, if you're particularly bored, try www.andybright.com - mediocre aviation photography
Andy Bright is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 13th December 2002, 11:11   #10
Colin
Axeman (Retired)
 
Colin's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In an old people's home in Herefordshire(UK)
Posts: 2,606
Blog Entries: 29
I took at look at the hanging apples picture. I thought about trying that in my garden as I do not have an apple tree. Problem is the neighbours know I'm crazy and this may be too much for them and they might phone up for the men in white coats to come and take me away.....then I wouldn't be able to go to Slimbridge in Feb with the rest of you.

But, sudden thought......the places where they take you have closed down now and it is 'care in the community' that is the answer for crazy people like me....so maybe I can live in the community, in fact in my own house and hang apples in my own non-apple tree. Yes, I will try that!!!!!!


Colin
__________________
Colin
Colin is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 31st December 2002, 10:05   #11
Doug
Registered User
 
Doug's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 612
I have found that the Starlings love pears - cut in half, soft side up, laid on the lawn. I also buy cheap sultana's from Asda and throw a handful down. Thrushes adore them, especially when nesting.
__________________
Which way is up?
Doug is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 31st December 2002, 18:34   #12
Finzzup
Forum Member

 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: NW Iowa, USA
Posts: 23
Am curious about the apples in winter -- is winter almost over in your area? It looks like your tree is starting to bud.

I'd love to hang apples here in the midwest US but I doubt if I'd get anything but rotting apples...
__________________
Carol
Finzzup is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 31st December 2002, 18:53   #13
Andy Bright
Administrator
BF Supporter 2018
 
Andy Bright's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4,945
Doug: If the Starlings are in the garden....fine, but I'm not wasting my favourite fruit on luring them here The Pears fruit quite early here, and they don't keep for the winter like the apples do....the little Blue Tits like pecking the pears though.

Finzzup: My Cherry tree (eating, not flowering) often has buds first appearing around winter, even more so in the very mild weather that we get these days. Doesn't blossom for some time, but when it does it's often hit by a frost.
The apples are quite good as a water supply for birds in freezing weather, when most natural water is frozen. The sugar content is quite high when they start to rot.. another valuable source of energy in cold weather.
I'm sure you have some local birds that would like an apple..... just a case of the birds getting used to them. I expect an orchard would see some birdy interest in the autumn, espescially bright red apples in any quantity.
Regards,
Andy
__________________
www.Digiscoped.com
also, if you're particularly bored, try www.andybright.com - mediocre aviation photography
Andy Bright is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 31st December 2002, 22:53   #14
Doug
Registered User
 
Doug's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 612
Andy, surely you aren't another 'Starling basher'? Why do so many birders dislike them - especially in the garden. I know they can be bully boys - but their song, plumage and behavior make them enthralling to observe surely?
__________________
Which way is up?
Doug is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 1st January 2003, 00:02   #15
Gaye Horn

 
Posts: n/a
Being a soft fruit area we can and do go to the fruit union cold storage all winter to get apples. Good for us and great darn prices... I nail half oranges and apples; put cranberries and raisins, oatmeal and cornmeal out there .I decorate the trees and I have no neighbours that think of me as sane ;so it is quite alright!!!
 
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 1st January 2003, 03:18   #16
HelenB
Opus Editor and Expat from Cumbria
 
HelenB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: College Station, Texas
Posts: 2,112
T0ny - here in the States I bought a metal gadget from a bird feeding store, that you can hang apples on. It has 4 vertical prongs - it would work with oranges in areas that get orioles. Here in SE Texas the apples were very popular with the Northern Mockingbirds in the Spring, while they were feeding young.

I know I took some photos of the mockers on it, but can't locate them at the moment.

Happy New Year to everyone
__________________
Latest lifer - Purple Finch
World - 1048; N America - 631; USA - 417; Texas - 371; Yard (garden) - 140 (Western Kingbird))
HelenB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 1st January 2003, 07:35   #17
Finzzup
Forum Member

 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: NW Iowa, USA
Posts: 23
I know this is probably a really stupid question, but do you hang the apple whole? Or do you put a few holes in it to get it 'started' for the birds?
Finzzup is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 1st January 2003, 16:07   #18
Gaye Horn

 
Posts: n/a
I do both cut it in half and whole.. the quail like them on the ground and everything else likes them on the feeder tray or wherever!
 
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 1st January 2003, 22:17   #19
HelenB
Opus Editor and Expat from Cumbria
 
HelenB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: College Station, Texas
Posts: 2,112
Finzzup ..... I take off a bit of peel around the top of the apple, then push it down so that the prong goes right through the core. Will post a photo when I find it.... I know I took some!!
__________________
Latest lifer - Purple Finch
World - 1048; N America - 631; USA - 417; Texas - 371; Yard (garden) - 140 (Western Kingbird))
HelenB is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.17514110 seconds with 27 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 05:37.