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Magpie's waking me up

Hi, 

I have 2 magpie's that rattle at 5- 5.18 am daily. This started  happening soon after i put bird feeders in my garden a few months ago. On a few occassions i didnt go out daily to restock the bird food. Now they do this when there is food and when there isnt food. I haven't had a nights sleep in nearly 3 weeks. I've put cd's out to scare them, this keeps them out the garden but doesnt stop them making noise, They often rattle for up to 4 hours intermittently or go a straight half an hour then break, are there any other idea's anyone has please?

Much Thanks

Last edited: 05 June 2017 06:09:05

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  • Play eagle noises on loud volume in your garden to drown out the magpies... maybe they'll be scared away.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    There are magpies nesting on the other side of the school playing field to us: a not insignificant distance. Unfortunately if I can hear our pair from my house I think you will struggle to do anything humane to silence them especially if they already aren't in your garden.

    Closing your windows at night to deaden the noise or keeping ear plugs by your bed are all I can suggest.

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,199

    Magpies are just birds. Stop feeding the birds and they will eventually go away . If you have encouraged them to nest nearby, this may not be for some time. However, we have a rookery close to us. I got used to it very quickly and it doesn't wake me up at all. You may find that your brain learns to filter out the magpies.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,364

    Screwfix do some nice orange ones, better than the yellow foam, more comfortable and more effective. I like to hear the birds, including magpies, I don't discriminate, but I use them on noisy windy nights.

  • Thanks for all the responses,

    I will purchase some good quality ear plugs and see what happens. In the meantime, i guess my new wake up time is 5am.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    As an aside you might find that after breeding season they usually settle down.

  • nutcutlet says:

    Screwfix do some nice orange ones, better than the yellow foam, more comfortable and more effective. I like to hear the birds, including magpies, I don't discriminate, but I use them on noisy windy nights.

    See original post

     Thanks for that, i'll definitely get them from screw-fix, they sound like they'll do a good job 

  • Clarington says:

    As an aside you might find that after breeding season they usually settle down.

    See original post

     When is the season over?

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003

    I think that by feeding them you have, unfortunately drawn them to you!  I had to remove my bird feeders last year due to magpies, even when the food was gone, they began tormenting my poor cats, noisily chattering at them when they were in the big tree, and then jumping from branch to branch when the cat followed them, was amusing to watch, but that awful noise they make early in the morning used to wake me also.  No sign of them this year, they've probably found birdfeeders in someone else's garden.  I will put feeders up again come the Autumn, and keep fingers crossed I don't draw another pair!.  Hope the ear plugs work for you.

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