Comments: More identification advice sought...

Just a millipede. Don't worry about it

Posted by Debster on 23 April, 2020 at 3:48 PM

Oh and get one with solid plastic walls and a bit of a saucer at the bottom

Posted by Debster on 23 April, 2020 at 3:49 PM

Thanks Debster. It's a dark northern millipede then. I wonder what makes millipedes appear in some places but not others? And how they survive in such numbers here with the number of birds there are I have no idea.

These are the seed feeders I got: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ZB7SMQQ/ . Seemed to have good reviews and was all that was available quickly that looked even half decent, and with reasonable reviews, at the end of March.

But adding some sort of a saucer to the bottom (I think there were some left-behind, now cleaned up, plastic plant saucers) will hopefully help the problem... hadn't thought of that!

Posted by Blue Witch on 23 April, 2020 at 4:45 PM

Don't know how big those feeders are but we have similat ones from Yankee Droll (?) which are about 15" tall and three inches across. We only feed sunflower hearts these days. The only really wasteful birds here are the Greenfinches (few of them these days) but the Goldfinches are pretty well behaved and happy with just sunflower hearts. We have a flock of fifteen-twenty of them so I think they're our biggest breed but the feeder still lasts a few days.

Posted by NiC on 23 April, 2020 at 6:31 PM

Same sort of size NiC. Are sunflower hearts now considered better to feed than mixed seed, or is it a waste avoidance thing?

Posted by Blue Witch on 24 April, 2020 at 9:53 AM

We've always just fed plain sunflowers (either seeds or hearts)....it was because of a recommendation but I can't remember why or who from (I suspect it was from my mother who also always fed sunflower hearts, so going back more years that I care to recall!). When we can't get them and use (cheaper) mixed seed I know a lot more ends up on the ground though obviously that may be due to "our" birds being used to sunflowers.

Posted by NiC on 25 April, 2020 at 7:23 AM