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Patience is a Virtue

Monday, 16th March 2015

Feeders and nest boxes. People put them up and then are disappointed when nothing seems to be eating or nesting. So, they E Mail me or collar me in the street and ask what are they doing wrong?
All I can reply-with a smile- is “you are being impatient! Just wait.” “Yes ,but how long?! “ Ah well, nest boxes I cant predict. Sometimes, they are occupied in their first season. Sometimes, in the second or third year, sometimes never. Patience, and luck!

Feeders don’t come with a guarantee – “your money refunded if nothing  nibbles  within a month!” –but the birds will find them, eventually! One thing I have noticed is that ,if for some reason I move a feeder even a few feet, the birds flutter round the space where it had been, and may not find it again for several days. This seems to imply that they are bit slow witted, but I am loathe to accuse them of that. More likely they have an initial wariness of a new position, and are drawn to a  familiar one that they associate with food.

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