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Dreamtime
556 of 587  Sat 27th Jan 2018 9:12am  
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AD
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557 of 587  Wed 7th Mar 2018 3:35pm  
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Hello all. I just wondered if anyone knew anywhere that made/sold a bird feeder pole 'designed' to look like a fake tree or similar? I've got a feeding pole in my garden, but it doesn't get that much use other than the starlings because it's quite exposed and I guess the smaller birds feel vulnerable out in the open. It's quite a small garden and planting an actual tree to hang feeders off etc isn't something I want to do due to the amount of shade it'd create as well as the roots etc. So I wondered if anywhere did a pole disguised as a tree to provide cover for the birds? It'd also help keep the food drier as it does go mouldy pretty quickly. Also does anyone know where I can get a bird feeding table with a mesh on the outside to stop larger birds getting in? I have seen one in a garden locally but the gaps in the mesh are still big enough to allow them in. My only other option is getting some mesh myself and attaching it to a bird table but DIY isn't exactly my strong point! Edited by member, 7th Mar 2018 3:36 pm

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Heathite
Coventry
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558 of 587  Wed 7th Mar 2018 6:00pm  
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Hi all, if I can put my oar in - I made this contraption. It's a few pieces of approx 2" x 2 1/2", then using some 'garden border' from Tesco at 4 quid a bundle (8 pieces). The border is simply plastic coated wire. Use the spare ones for the roof. It supports a piece of board if it's raining. That solitary blackbird almost lives in it. The pigeons can't get through but the blackbirds and wagtails can. This chap came for a look but didn't risk coming down. Edited by member, 7th Mar 2018 6:12 pm
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559 of 587  Wed 7th Mar 2018 7:42pm  
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Thanks Heathite. It's something my sister is looking for and that's the sort of thing I'll be looking to make if we can't take the lazy option and buy one. She actually wants a raised platform and a fixed roof to keep it dry. She sort of does something similar at the moment - an old hanging basket turned upside down and held down with metal pegs into the lawn. It does a decent job of letting the smaller birds have a go. I've seen a few more birds over the past week cos of the weather but as soon as it starts warming up they stop visiting. One irony is I moved the feeder from the back to the front and I actually now get more birds in the back garden than when the feeders were there!
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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560 of 587  Thu 8th Mar 2018 2:49am  
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Do you have the new established Bunnings Warehouse near to your area, they are very good for birdfeeders. Good luck.
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AD
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561 of 587  Thu 8th Mar 2018 9:33pm  
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Hi Dreamtime No, they aren't that local to us. I think I'll end up having to getting one like you've pictured and tacking a bit of mesh around the edge. If the roof doesn't come off easily I'll have to work out how to 'hinge' one of them to put food in/clean it. Maybe just attach one side with cable ties? Had a mad idea earlier for the feeding pole. I think there's an old sun parasol lying around somewhere and I thought I could rip the fabric off and get some fake ivy etc to wrap around the structure? A rotary airer might work too?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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562 of 587  Fri 9th Mar 2018 1:55am  
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Morning AD, A good length of galvanised piping works well for the post, keeps the cats away. You seem to have some good ideas up your sleeve so work with those and good luck. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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563 of 587  Thu 5th Apr 2018 10:29pm  
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Hi all from the "Night Garden" Wave
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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564 of 587  Fri 6th Apr 2018 3:48am  
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Very nice indeed Philip, I can see you both out there on warm summer nights. Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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565 of 587  Fri 6th Apr 2018 9:36am  
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It draws you towards the secret hideaway at the bottom of the garden. Spring has been a long time coming and I bet you must be itching to get out there. Smile
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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566 of 587  Wed 6th Jun 2018 1:24pm  
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Hi all Wave We had a visitor today.
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Helen F
Warrington
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567 of 587  Wed 6th Jun 2018 2:56pm  
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A very pretty cinnabar moth. I couldn't believe it wasn't very rare the first time I saw one. Their caterpillars have black and yellow striped onesies. Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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568 of 587  Thu 7th Jun 2018 2:26am  
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Ha ha, what colour is yours Helen?
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Helen F
569 of 587  Thu 7th Jun 2018 9:32am  
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570 of 587  Thu 7th Jun 2018 11:02am  
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