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We bought this Bird Station for my parents for an anniversary present but ended up buying one for ourselves too once we saw it up and in action. It took two of us to assemble -- it was quite tricky in places -- but once up it was very sturdy looking. At almost 2 metres high we initially thought it would be a bit too flimsy to stand its ground when we found it online. When we saw it was made of metal we thought the opposite! Surely it was too heavy to stand up and stay up! But we were pleasantly surprised. About a foot goes under the ground so you need to press it down quite a bit. Hint: be firm! It has a mini bath, and a mini feeder dish, along with a mesh feeder that we squeeze bread in between, and three regular feeder tubes (one medium sized, two longer). This variety not only looks great but offers a lot of choice to the birds. We tend to get pigeons landing on the feeder dish and water bowl (although they don't tend to actually touch the water!), and smaller birds of many varieties land everywhere else. And at the same time! Because everything is spread out well there's plenty of room and no bird needs to shove another out of the way. Our feeder gets used everyday and we love watching it from our dining room window! For £20 online it is a mere bargain!
This bird feeder was bought for £12 from Home Bargains about eighteen months previously and has been lovely to look at in our garden during that time. We are able to watch all sorts of birds come and go to their feeding tray and be able to know that they are safe and that cats will not be able to kill them whilst they feed. The little lad loves to watch the birds tome to feed at the same times each day and he can now recognise quite a few and name them. Feeder was quite easy to assemble but took two of us to help one another. The base is dug into the ground to give steadiness to the overall station but the table does wobble slightly especially if large gulls decide to move in and try to feed, which they do alot where we live. The feeder table stands at 2260mm high but a fair bit of it is inside the ground. Feeder comes with feeding tray, bird bath, poles and hooks to hang off fatty balls etc. It is pretty to look at and does not encroach the garden too much and is attractive without getting in the way, such as when my other half hamgs the washing out on the line. An instruction leaflet comes in the pack and the instructions are very simple and easy to follow. It appears to be quite sturdy and durable but I think we will have to wait out the worst of the winter weather to see if the elemnts have a negative effect on it at all. We are very happy with our feeder table and it has provided us with hours of pleasure and is recommended. Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Our bird station is more like a soup kitchen, all manner of miscreants from the animal and insect world pitching up for the daily feed. We have quite a big garden with pine trees and bushes at the top and so attract a wide slice of the animal and bird kingdom to our abode. We have placed the station near the back door so we can place scraps on the various trays and water holders as a typical British summer crumbles away. We have not had to fill the water trays since May. So much for global warming! It has two lantern style feeders with hanging containers for nuts, both ringed by a mesh to stop the squirrels getting in, these two for birds only. The two trays below are open for all and are quickly emptied of whatever is on there. There is also a guard at the bottom to stop various creatures climbing up it, presumably cats, who are too snobby and arrogant to eat of these things around our way. Squirrels, of course, are the sneakiness of them all and will try anything in your back garden to get food. No stunt or break in is out of bounds and right at this moment they will be planning tomorrow's raid in their snug drays (think Caddychack and those Gofers!). They do have style though and the animal world's great trapeze artist, able to balance on the narrowest of clotheslines and fence posts, any obstacle between free foods easily negotiated. If they weren't so cute and cheeky the government would have culled them along time ago. If the Poles don't take over Europe then these guys and girls will. Our local park is packed with them! The most irritating visitors to our garden by a long way are those bloody Wood Pigeons, morons who spend all day pecking at each other and flapping their wings really loudly, enough to want to reach for the Purdy and blast them out of the trees! They are incredibly gormless and clumsy birds and if the bird station was a helipad then they would crash every time. The most majestic beast in our garden are a family of Sparrow Hawks, who return every summer in July/August to roost, their young more than adequate hunters now, half a pigeon on top of the hedge only last week. I wish I had some neon signs to point at the Wood Pigeons. Those two guys with stale Netto crisps would be a lovely snack. Another irritant are the Magpies. Of late there have been more of them around and they like to clear their throats at about 4: am, before screeching the next two hours away to make sure all those people with their windows open in the summer are wide awake. The thing that really irks me with these guys is they deliberately stand about 50ft apart to have their morning rows, a vocabulary that seems to include just one screech. Because they are up with the sunrise they are the first to peck around at the bird station - after the rats have finished with it mind. Two week bin collections means the rats are also getting bigger. And don't get me started on the mice under my floorboards nibbling away all night. Ok, we are feeding them rock hard chips, Bakewell Tart crumbs and bacon rind but the Magpies 'aint alf' picky what they eat. They flick it around all over the place and then clear off. I think they are more interested in the silver metal trays that the cakes. They tap on the windows when they spot one on my kitten sink draining board. Ile have that if you're not using it pal! The last visitors on a week night tend to be hedgehogs, which rustle and grunt around all night in search of bugs and grubs, like a drunk looking for his keys, but confronted with stale Ritz Crackers and the rind of our Sunday joint if they get right in there. I reckon they live quite well of trash if they put themselves about, the 'freegans' of the bohemian animal community. The Crows, the demons of the sky, tend not to eat at our gaff, mockingly croaking away at the fayre on offer. The night shift is owned by the town fox, a whole family of them living nearby. They are getting brazen these days, mum, dad and the kids trotting down the garden path at all hours for a feed. I have always wondered why foxes work by night, cats and dogs having no problem with the daylight. As for Badgers? Well they are not real. Have you ever seen one? Exactly! Insect wise the flies much prefer the delights' of our bin and can make it stink up sweet with maggots on the hottest days of the summer. The Woodlice still seem to wonder around obliviously killing time with nowhere to go and the columns of ants seem to be more interested in the dishwasher and the sugar bowl than the grub in the bird station. Might have to get the old magnifying glass out and fry a few. The Bird Station is surprisingly sturdy and stable and there's no way the wind or the Foxes can topple it, even the squirrels unable to hook the washing line around it to bring it down like Saddam's statue. Trust me, they are planning that. We also have a stray dog that is a little bit bonkers and races down the garden late at night to bark a bit and then spin around in circles and then leg it. It must be a full- moon thing. I think everyone knows a do like that. Then the foxes start yelping and that sets off the nearby sink estates status dogs for another dawn opera. Its rust proof and you can fit your own containers on there if you want to give the birds more water volume when the sun shines. Price wise you can pick one up between ten and twenty pounds in places like B&Q and Wilkinson's and perhaps just too heavy to carry back from the shop. The welds were good on ours and the paint weather proof and presumably non toxic. You can also buy a cheaper plastic version but that would probably blow down in the wind or topple when the squirrels get on it. My hawks would just fly away with it!
With the Summer season on the horizon it's time to sort out the garden once again, ready for the hustle and bustle of those summery parties and quite evenings. One of the things we, that is the wife and I, enjoy in the garden is watching the birds in there natural habitat, chirping away as they feed from the bird tables that are scattered around. I did suggest we hang a bird feeder on the inside of our living room window just to see what the birds would do but my wife took offence to that, why? I don't know. Anyway, this year one of the bird tables we have had for a long time was now beyond repair, the stand having almost rotted away to nothing, so a few weeks ago we went out a bought a brand new bird feeder, opting for a metal one rather than a wooden one. On our shopping trip we came across many bird tables/feeders, some of them being very fancy indeed, with a price tag to prove it, but the one we went for was both 'fancy' and at a very reasonable price indeed. The one we bought, and the one I am going to tell you about, is the slightly curvy and rather dashing Gardman Premium feeding station Kit. ** WHAT'S INSIDE THE BOX..? * Three metal heavy duty poles * Three hooks * Two tray holders * Bird bath * Feeder tray * Instruction leaflet ** PUTTING IT TOGETHER... This was simple and, after a quick look at the destructions, I mean instructions, putting it together was a simple matter of a slotting the 'poles' together, then attaching the 'hooks' and 'tray holders', with the help of a few 'butterfly' bolts and a bit if a twists or two. ** MY OPINION... Once it's together we just put it straight into the garden, digging the lower end of the spike into the ground, this seemed to hold it secure enough, although I may embed it in properly with some cement if it starts to wobble at all. Then it was a matter of feeding the birds, which consisted of placing some food into one tray, some water into the other and hanging some 'feeders' from a couple of the hooks and 'fat-balls' from the other. It stand quite tall, once you've connected the three pieces together, at a just over 2260mm in full height, although only 1850 mm are visible above the ground. It's diameter of the main pole is around 22mm, with the entire unit being around 580mm wide, (that's the sticky outy bits included). It's straight forward in design, with a touch on the decorative side, being a rod of metal running through the centre, with three rods curving gently from the top, these are for hanging such things as 'fat balls' or 'seed holders' from, whilst two 'loops' of metal are welded on lower down which house a feeding tray in one and a water tray in the other. So now, with this new bird feeder at the bottom of the garden, together with the others, the birds can eat and drink without having to land on the ground. Although to be honest, they did take a few days to get used to the new one as it was something different in the garden. As for the price, well, it sells for between £10.00 and £15.00, depending on where you go. Or there is a 'premier version, which has a few more 'hooks', which sells for about a fiver more, but I find this one is just as good for what you need it for. So, if you like to watch the birds living happily in your garden then this 'nifty' looking bird 'table' will look nice in any ones garden.
We bought this bird feeder as we have recently retired and now enjoy a more leisurely breakfast. Our kitchen table is near a nice big window that overlooks our lovely garden but we rarely saw birds in our area. Our neighbour has been feeding the local bird population for years and so I went to inspect what she had. She recommended this pole with various different things hanging from it. It is not the most beautiful thing in the world but it is not objectionable and serves the purpose. On to Amazon to spend some of my Dooyoo points and I found this for about £12 which seemed reasonable. It came in a large box with a water tray, large seed tray and 3 hooks for bird feeders. I had to go and buy extra bird feeders to hang on the hooks but they were only about £1 each from a local discount store. My knowledgeable neighbour told me what to buy for which birds. Peanuts are popular and best put in the feeder with wire mesh as they are too big for most birds when whole. Birds attracted to peanuts include Woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, creepers, titmice, and wrens. The attraction to peanuts is that those dropped are unlikely to germinate under the feeder. Sunflower seeds, the best are the black oil sunflower seeds as they have more content inside. These seeds provide a good amount of oil which helps the birds cope with cold winter weather. Birds that enjoy these include sparrows and goldfinches. You can make it easier for the birds by buying the more expensive sunflower hearts (no skins) which means they don't have to struggle opening them. Judging by the number of lovely sunflowers I have growing in strange places in my garden quite a few of mine were not opened and eaten by birds. My main purchase has been the mixed seed as this attracts a range of birds from sparrows to blackbirds and a large number of dives and wood pigeons. If you want to attract more finches then Niger seed is what is required but this is quite expensive. I did realise I was opening a McDonalds and we had a gourmet restaurant next door but despite this we have quite a few visitors to our feeder. Many more in winter than summer as food is easier for birds to find in the wild in summer and also our breakfast time in winter is as the sun is rising whereas in summer it has well and truly risen by our rising time. The ten most common birds in British gardens are, in descending order: * House Sparrow - we've had lots of these * Common Starling - a few of these * Blackbird - too many of these * Blue Tit - my favourite and we have had quite a few * Chaffinch - only a very few - went next door to the gourmet restaurant * Greenfinch - see above * Collared Dove - we have lots of these * Wood Pigeon - great number of these, they are huge * Great Tit - quite a number of these * Robin - quite a few of these but mainly in winter We have also had thrush but they love the snails so I encourage them. Magpies and the beastly jackdaws which like to fly down our chimney and create havoc inside ( but that is another story) Along with my purchased offerings I also add crumbs from our bread and any left- overs I think they might enjoy - usually bread based things, cake and biscuits that the grandchildren have dropped. They seem to quite enjoy the odd bit of croissant too. I'm not sure that I will ever become a real bird watcher but I do enjoy seeing them in my garden. Now that we no longer feed our cats outside we no longer have the entertainment of seeing a pheasant eating out of a bowl beside the cat!! They do tend to make a bit of a mess while feeding and under the feeder I have to weed out lots of grass like shoots. The bird poo washes away from underneath on the grass or pebbles. I have to change their bath water regularly as they also poo in that which is pretty disgusting but other than that and topping up the feeders there is very little maintenance. I would certainly recommend one of these pole feeders as they are easy to set up - join the two bits and then push it in the ground wherever you want. They can easily be moved if you don't like the first position. They are cheap and provide you with entertainment whilst doing your bit to help the bird life in England. Thanks for reading. This review may be published on other sites under my name © Catsholiday
Powder coated steel Bird Feeding Station. Includes water tray, large seed tray and 3 hooks for bird feeders.