Factors affecting the use of feeders by garden birds: I. The positioning of feeders with respect to cover and housing

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1991
Authors:Cowie, RJ, Simons, JR
Journal:Bird Study
Volume:38
Issue:3
Date Published:1991
ISBN Number:0006-3657
Keywords:Carduelis, Carduelis chloris, Carduelis Spinus, Chloris, Chloris chloris, Cyanistes, Cyanistes caeruleus, Fringillidae, Paridae, Parus, Parus caeruleus, Passer, Passer domesticus, Passeridae, Spinus, Spinus spinus
Abstract:We investigated the effects of placing peanut feeders at different distances from hedgerow cover and housing on their use by garden birds. Food consumption at feeders adjacent to cover was approximately double that of feeders 7.5 m away. Blue Tits Parus caeruleus and particularly House Sparrows Passer domesticusshowed a strong tendency to use those feeders closest to cover, while further ones were used predominantly by Greenfinches Carduelis chloris. Feeders were also placed at 4 different distances from housing and food consumption increased with distance. The proportion of the total use made by Siskins Carduelis spinus was equal at all 4 feeders, but Greenfinches made increasing use of feeders the further they were from housing. We suggest how the siting of feeders may affect the species of bird that are attracted to them.We investigated the effects of placing peanut feeders at different distances from hedgerow cover and housing on their use by garden birds. Food consumption at feeders adjacent to cover was approximately double that of feeders 7.5 m away. Blue Tits Parus caeruleus and particularly House Sparrows Passer domesticus showed a strong tendency to use those feeders closest to cover, while further ones were used predominantly by Greenfinches Carduelis chloris. Feeders were also placed at 4 different distances from housing and food consumption increased with distance. The proportion of the total use made by Siskins Carduelis spinus was equal at all 4 feeders, but Greenfinches made increasing use of feeders the further they were from housing. We suggest how the siting of feeders may affect the species of bird that are attracted to them.
URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00063659109477083
Short Title:Bird Study
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