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A Blackcap is taking over my garden and is so agressive to other small birds that now I only have the Blackcap and no other birds can anyone advise what to do ? I have taken in the feeders for a few days which worked but once I put them back out he came back 


  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Enjoy the blackcap. I think they have the most beautiful song of all. Are you sure it's a blackcap?

    Try putting out different kinds feed to attract different types of birds.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,412
    We have a pair that seem happy enough to share with the tits and sparrows so far.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724
    Maybe the feeder is a bit close to a chosen nest site ... is it possible to move it? 

    They seem to prefer thick shrubs, bushes and brambles as nest sites. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • It’s definitely a blackcap and the female blackcap is now coming in . They have a lovely song I will agree but I love the other birds too i wish they could all come in and feed 
  • SkylarksSkylarks Posts: 379
    I know how you feel! I have a pair of robins who chased and dive bombed at the coal tits. The great tits have now moved in and they don’t take that crap from the robins. Are your feeders quite close together? If so, could you space them further apart? It may give them the feeling of have their own patch to feed from.
  • Thanks I will try moving them
    around the garden hopefully it will

  • Blackcaps have a reputation for aggression. My single visitor eats the mistletoe berries and ignores the feeders, so no conflict so far. Our UK winter blackcaps don't nest here, and our summer breeding ones migrate elsewhere for winter - perhaps the species will evolve individuals which stay all year and save the migrating bother :-)

    It's the bluetits here - they chase everything!
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,412
    Maybe birds are a bit like ourselves. Some are aggressive. Some are not. I have a variety of the usual suspects but they seem to be getting along ok. My feeder isn't out in the open so only those in the know can make use of it. Maybe that's a factor as there's plenty for everyone.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Think yourself lucky. We have rooks. There is no bird feeder that can survive a rook and it doesn't matter because they chase away every other living thing, anyway.
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