We love hearing our customers' tales of their garden birds when they phone or email to place an order.
Mrs Thompson phoned recently, and we were pleased to hear that she had seen a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers in her garden, one of them possibly a juvenile. She was concerned that they seemed hungry but couldn't access the peanuts in her squirrel-proof peanut feeder, however, they had been feasting heartily on a suet-filled coconut, and hadn't yet discovered the multiple suet block holder on the other side of the garden.
Mrs Thompson sent us this snap of the woodpecker on the coconut feeder, with apologies for the condensation on the window making the image slightly unclear. Of course, if she had opened the window or stepped outside to take a photo then the subject would have flown off instantly. Bird photography is notoriously difficult! She is hoping to have better luck in the summer when she can sit outside quietly in a corner.
Mrs Thompson says that both woodpeckers continue to visit daily and they have now discovered the suet block holders, although the smaller one still loves tackling the suet-filled coconut feeders when he gets a chance amongst the starlings. Her smaller birds also don't get a look-in when the starlings and jackdaws are around, so she has moved the coconuts away from the other seed and nut feeders, into a hedge, so they can feed in peace sometimes. As a result, the greenfinches (nicknamed 'The Green Party with a majority rule' by Mrs T) - who previously dominated the seed feeders and wouldn't touch the coconuts - have found them and really enjoy swinging away.
What a fantastic lot of garden activity in Cambridge! Keep up the good work Mrs Thompson!
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