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Our bird table is being frequently visited by Ravens who slide down the metal hooks and lift off the feeders.

Once on the floor they clear out the feeders pretty quickly, upto 8 to 10 visit the feeder at one time chasing off the sparrows and starlings

Has anyone else experienced this and if so any ideas how to keep them off?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,521

    I am trying hard to visualise the hooks the ravens slide down. Is it not possible to fix the feeders more firmly to the hooks so that they cannot be lifted off? What about trying a squirrel baffle?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,282

    Are you sure they're ravens?  Whereabouts are you?  Ravens are massive and usually only in wild upland places.

    http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/raven.htm 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,282

    Snap! MU image

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,297

    Ravens are carrion eaters. What do you put in your feeders?image

    If they come in gangs, more likely to be rooks or jackdaws which do eat seed.

    The only sure way to stop them is to put the feeders inside wire mesh cages so they cannot gain access. The mesh needs to be small enough to keep them out and large enough to let the little birds get in. They will soon find out how and be able to feed safely and the big guys will find it more worthwhile to go elsewhere.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,282

    LOL MU 

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  • StillLearningStillLearning Posts: 261

    Hi the idea of squirrel baffles maybe the solution...

    We are in Oxfordshire near to farm land and they are double the jackdaw size that we have visit and they have a long horn coloured beak. The carrion crows live in the trees around 2 miles away and don't come near the garden.

    I chased them off around an hour ago and as soon as they come back will take a picture and post it.

    I have suet balls and seed feeders

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053

    I had to stop putting fat balls out in the garden because they attracted the crows from the nearby church steeple. Try putting seed only out and see if that helps the problem.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,282

    Sounds like Rooks to me https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/r/rook/ 

    they're grain eaters.

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  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,121

    More likely to be rooks or crows. Rooks have a more grey whitish beak.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027

    Ravens have black beaks, so it will be a Rook.

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