Sparrow Psychology

For the last years I’ve fed the birds in my garden at ground level on a couple of paving stones as the area can flood if it rains a lot. All the birds can feed simultaneously, doves, pigeons, sparrows, blackbirds, greenfinches, chaffinches…plus the occasional visits from jackdaws, dunnocks and robins…

House sparrows are social feeders and like to descend on the available selection of seed and grain in large numbers like this…

Unfortunately when it rains the food can spoil rather quickly and then there’s the neighbours cat…

So after much thought (at least a year) I decided it was a good idea to construct a bird feeder….one that was easy to clean, keeps the food dry if it rains and safe from the claws of feline predators.

But it’s been a week already and the birds don’t even use it….only the occasional great tit and a pair of greenfinches…it seems to scare the sparrows and other birds…I still offer food on the ground closer to my dwelling and even right next to the new feeder, which probably doesn’t help matters but the pigeons have to eat too…I can’t imagine a wood pigeon using the feeder but the smaller collared doves might. I’m hoping they will get used it and not treat it like some obstacle…it also provides safety from hawk attacks…but until now my feathered friends refuse to cooperate. There again, the sparrows have been very busy lately, in the spring the tone of their chirps change…

Due to my rather excessive pruning of the privet hedge earlier in the year I was able to witness all their displays and quarrels…all this usually happens inside the hedge, my pruning provided me with a cross-section view into their world. Before you know it there appear small, fluffy bundles of joy, bawling for love….and food, maybe they should check out the new feeder. 😉

2 responses

  1. I think your bird feeder is a masterpiece! And I especially love the pic of the neighbor cat! haha We loves our kitties!!! The picture of the baby sparrows is wonderful as well… Your garden is like a small intimate very busy world all unto itself. Thank you for sharing it with all of us! I’m sure in time, the sparrows will adjust to the new feeder! I guess even little birds are resistant to change! haha Really good work, my friend!

    May 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    • Thanks Cissy! 😀 I hope the sparrows will adjust…it just takes one sparrow to make a change.

      May 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

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