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Aberdeenshire birds don't seem to consider it "premium"
on 9 January 2011
I live in rural Aberdenshire, and I attract a variety of birds to my garden. I see starlings, sparrows, blackbirds, thrush, chaffinch, bullfinch, coal-tit, blue tit, occassional magpie, some sort of wood-pigeon, doves, and many smaller finch-type birds that I have not yet identified.
There is one particular seed in this mix, that is a light colour, perhaps it is wheat, and it seems to make up about 50% of the mix - certainly a large proportion.
I see in the manufacturers description on Amazon it says "Includes less wheat than other standard mixes", so I am guessing that this seed is the wheat (i know little about seeds, I can recognise sunflower seeds and that is about it). I dont know anything about comparing seed mixes, but i am guessing that the description of this seed-mix as "premium" is driven by the amount of wheat includsed in the mix.
Anyway, the birds in my garden steadfastly refuse to eat this "wheat" or whatever it is. They enthusiastically attack the seeds and seem to be feeding well. But then i see that all of this particular seed is left behind, and all of the other constituent seeds are gone completely.
Even with the cold weather, snow etc, if I do not put out more seed for 4 or 5 days, they STILL will not eat this remaining seed. In this case it seems that "hunger does not make good sauce". The pigeons do continue to pick half-heartedly at it, but the rest of the birds, fly down, land, look at what is there and fly off again. They just will not eat it.
In the end I have to go out and scrape the bird tables clean as this seed is starting to go mouldy/soggy etc.
Last year I had some seed from RSPB, and I had a somewhat similar problem with one particular seed being left behind, but it made up a much smaller % of the overall mix.
You might find however, that this mix suits your birds. Looking at other reviews on here it seems some people are finding what i have(in Yorkshire for example) but some other reviewers have found no problems.
But I must say that the service/delivery/convenience of buying from "Garden and Outdoors" was excellent and i even got free delivery (not strictly part of a product review I know).
Unfortunately I bought 4 x 5kg sacks before trying it out.
I would recommend to buy a smaller size if possible and try it out with your birds before buying more.
My birds do not rate it more than 3 star (they seem to love about 50% of the mix only)