This is one of a little flock of 3 or 4 great tits which have been the early adopters of my new feeding station. After a few reports of interesting finches I thought it was about time I put some food out in the hopes of maybe tempting some of these beauties into the garden. So I headed off to the local garden centre (of which more in another post) and came back with this beast.
It is a Tom Chambers Bird Station and I think its one of their older models. I basically got a big box with the pole and hooks, 3 seed feeders and a suet cage plus, fatball hooks, a tray feeder and water dish for £24. I thought that was pretty reasonable all things considered (the spherical feeder I bought separately as I thought it would give me some particularly photogenic shots). I can't comment on the feeders yet but they look simple, easy to clean and well put together so I'm quite pleased. It is worth noting though that I don't have squirrels to worry about here and if I did I may have chosen to go with a heavier duty option. For now, my nyjer remains untapped and the siskins and bramblings have yet to show but my early adopters are kings of the castle alone.
One last point on bird feeders which may be obvious but may not. I've put this where I can see it from my couch (my station for websurfing, eating and watching tv). If you want to enjoy garden birds it helps if you can see your feeders for as much of the time as possible!