Below is a reply I have received to an article about how to keep Pigeons off birdtables. It is very sensible –
You need to judge your garden situation. Each bird needs to be catered for in different ways.
I find that if you scatter bird food or scraps round your garden not just on or in the feeders the pigeons will happily feed from the ground.
We have a large community of birds in our garden from blue tits, coal tits, great tits, sparrows, chaffinches, greenfinches, doves, pigeons and also the shy nuthatch, wren, goldcrest, black cap, woodpecker, bullfinch etc. and because of this we have never had a problem.
Personally I like to watch our fat pigeon strutting around the garden, he has a very distinct character and is humourous in his manner.
If you find ways to accomadate all of the birds in your garden whether or not you think they are vermin then a happy community can and will build up.
Too many cages makes for wary birds and the freer the feeding area the better. I also find if you situate your feeders amongst bushes, surround them with greenery then there is more cover for these wary creatures. I could go on forever but I’ll stop here, hope this helps.
Thank you Kat for replying. I think you are right that every birds needs to be catered for in different ways.
Wow. You do have a lot of birds come to your garden don’t you. You must be like me and get through a lot of bird food.
It may seem strange, but I also find pigeons amusing as they strutt about, but it is when they take all the bird food that it becomes a problem. I still get pigeons taking food off the ground – but they eat so much!
I also really like to see birds flitting free to the bird food. It is really amusing and interesting to see the different birds feeding together (I mean the small garden birds) and I myself do use an old garden bush as a place to put bird food. I also hang bird feeders from branches.
So it seems like we have a lot in common! Maybe the only thing we don’t have in common is the number of pigeons who come to our gardens.
Strangely enough we have also been getting rooks and crows in our garden. They usually don’t come this time of year.
When I started bird feeding I had one birdtable. That was a long time ago. But I now, like you, use different parts of the garden to put bird food out. I know friends who have one birdtable and they get loads of birds feeding – which is great.
I sometimes wonder if it’s because I live in the countryside that I’m getting so many garden birds. Will have to ask Chris Packham or Bill Oddie!
I also realise you don’t need a garden to put birdfood out. I’ve seen fat balls hanging from a town car park, and bird food scattered near a tree in a town. I’ve also seen wall fitted bird tables. I’d love to hear from anyone who has a window feeder. I tried one, but it did not attract any birds.
I suppose different areas, different gardens will have a different variety of birds and so birdfeeding will be different in each garden. Maybe that’s what makes it so interesting.
Thanks for replying and getting in contact. It is really good to hear other people’s views. That is what I enjoy about Bird Table News – getting views, advice and ‘meeting’ people who also like bird feeding. Great to hear from you – please do send more and ‘go on’ a little more if you have time.