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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 20:03   #1
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I would like to know what type of food encourages finches and great tits because I only get blackbirds, sparrows and blue tits visiting my garden. I also saw a red tailed bumblebee in my garden and that is the bee that they are doing a survey on springwatch.
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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 20:14   #2
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Hi Soyeb,
You need a good variety of food to attract a lot of species.
Fat balls, seed..niger, sunflower and mixed, peanuts (not salted, dry roasted, honey roasted or any other process), apples and pears, mealworms. Most of all water that is changed at least once per day. Have feeders in the trees and bushes, also have a ground feeder for dunnocks etc.
There is no guarantee that having all these will bring in the birds you are wanting but you should have a very healthy population of garden visitors.
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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 20:19   #3
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Hi Soyeb Sunflower seeds/ peanuts/fatballs/suet/nyjer seed/cooked tats/mealworms

all these foods will fill your garden with birds, don't put to much out at one time
if you have a birdtable move it around every other day to stop vermin.

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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 21:18   #4
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Hi Soyeb,

Go take a look at the RSPB, CJ Wildbird foods, Haiths websites. The things that the others have listed are favourite but some of them you must use proper feeders for; it's best to take a look at what the specialists have on offer.

But do remember, whatever food you put out you can only attract species that are in your area. Sounds obvious but people wonder why they don't get (say, like me) Siskins, quite simply they ain't there!

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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 21:49   #5
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I would like to know what type of food encourages finches and great tits because I only get blackbirds, sparrows and blue tits visiting my garden. I also saw a red tailed bumblebee in my garden and that is the bee that they are doing a survey on springwatch.
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nyjer seed should attract finches

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Old Saturday 14th January 2006, 21:57   #6
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Well done with spotting the Red Tailed Bumblebee Soyeb, you could be one of the first to see one!

Your Blackbirds, Sparrows and Blue Tits are super birds, so enjoy them and I am sure given time you will attract other species as you try different foods.

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Old Sunday 15th January 2006, 10:42   #7
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Hi, My wife and I started to put out sunflower hearts. We were so pleased when we saw the odd gold finch, now gold finches are the most numerous bird to visit. Our Gert tried to count them but after 30 plus it became impossible. A great spectackle!
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Old Sunday 15th January 2006, 15:16   #8
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Hi
I have got a niger feeder but have never seen anything on it yet, I put it up fairly late last year so I guess I will have to wait for the finches to come back soon (I believe they head further south at this time of year, is this right). There are usually blackbirds, dunnock, robins, tits and collared dove visit my garden but as I am out through the day I usually miss them, or they are fed and gone before I get up. I have mixed seed, sunflower hearts and seeds, suet balls, peanuts and different suet treats so I guess there isn't much more I could put out.
Hope you have finches soon, I hope I do, but as a relative beginner I find it is always a good idea to as the experts on this site.
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 00:30   #9
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Hi FR,

You mentioned that you thought that finches head further south in winter. Don't you believe it. We have loads of chaffinches - up to about 70 on a good day. We do have a few greenfinches and an occasional goldfinch so you never know.... they may be like that advert for kit kat - when you're back is turned, they get up to all sorts of mischief!!!

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