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Unwelcome garden visitors

We used to have  a really good variety of small birds regularly visiting our garden, but over the past few years we have been invaded by gangs of magpies and wood pigeons, plus the occasional jackdaw.  They have now scared off all the small birds.  The magpies have mastered the art of hanging and feeding from the bird feeders and stealing the food and in the process dropping enough on the ground to keep the pigeons so fat I wonder how they manage to fly!  Anyone out there got any ideas on how we can deter these bullies so that our garden can be a safe haven for the small birds?




  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,148

    That's why I have this Sue ...


    Big birds can't get in...



    little birds can  image


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,148

    Oh - and buy good feed mixes, the no mess kind - not the ones padded out with barley. Pigeons love that ...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • The Woodies around here have acquired a taste for un-hulled sunflower seeds, the fat beggars.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,148

    They're big bandits aren't they Jimmy! They try very hard to get into the other area I have cordoned off mainly for my blackbirds - but they're too lardy for that as well image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • I'll have to use the white hulled ones next time I go shopping. Half the seeds gets dropped out the feeders by the finches. Still, it keeps the gardens mice population fed image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,148

    Woman along the road from me keeps chucking out bread philippa  image

    All the usual suspects are always hanging around her door and garden....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,254

    OH has just taken delivery of yet another bird feeder. image No. 12. Not counting what he just puts on the ground. It looks like this

    He says it's to keep the big birds off the food for the little birds.image but he's still putting food out for the big birds anyway.image

    It went out this afternoon and two great tits have already got the hang of it. Not sure how long it will take a pigeon or a pheasant to work out that it's not attached to the earth.

    Can't recommend this brand particularly. It came with one totally bent bolt, which he happened to have a replacement for in his stash of 50 year old bolts, and one peg couldn't be pushed into its hole because its hole was filled with solder. 

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Breads about the only thing I don't put out as the gulls up here can spot it from miles away. It's windy enough that It could be a Dundonian breakfast roll. Is it well-fired looking? image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,144

    An air gun pellet above their heads will see off Magpies, they are very clever and quick to learn. I remember getting plagued with crows once, it worked for those too.I hate to see them ripping the fleglings apart after all the efforts from the parent birds.

    I know they have to eat, but there's plenty of forests, fields and hedgerows they can go.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Well, I'm not from around here, but if you can understand what the roll is saying, then it's not a Dundonian one image

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