Saturday, 28 August 2010

Goldfinches Return

I have neglected to clean my bird feeders for a long period so, yesterday, I had a "blitz" on them. What prompted me to do this was the lack of my regular goldfinches: They simply stopped coming!

Cognizant of this, I removed the feeders which were dirty and caked with accumulated messy congealed seed mash; emptied the contents; disassembled them; scrubbed the parts in a basin of soapy water; dried them; replenished them with seeds and hanged them up again.

What an utter transformation this simple act has made: this morning it's like Piccadilly Circus! My goldfinches are returning, notably juveniles among them; great, coal and blue tits are coming to and fro at the blink of an eye; greenfinches, chaffinches and more.

As Peregrine would affirm, keep those feeders clean!


Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

He most certainly would affirm :-) Should be done monthly mainly to protect the Greenfinches which are very susceptible to disease.

COLOMBIA Birding - Diego said...

No idea about passerines and seed feeders, but at least for hummingbird feeders, you must clean them every 3-4 days so you can keep the water really fresh and also avoid chances of bad stuff like avian pox, etc.

Diego Calderon (