Two more ways to stop large birds eating all the bird food

I’m really pleased that I’ve received two more ways to avoid large birds getting all the bird food

First way  is From Merry

 Hi Trish!
I have hidden some RSPB Sprinkles under the fallen leaves in the hope that the blackbirds will find them and the woodpigeons won’t! Probably won’t work but worth a try. I put out a whole fat ball on the ground. The blackbird was having a wonderful feast until a carrion crow swooped down and took off with the whole ball in it’s mouth! I was furious! Mind you, it was funny watching it trying to keep it from all the seagulls which suddenly appeared


The good news is this idea did work –

Hi Trish,
Thankyou for replying to my comment. We have now bought a bird-table to ‘adapt’! Meanwhile, hiding the ‘Sprinkles’ under the leaves and scattering them in the rockery seems to work a treat. The thrushes all seem to find them with ease and the pigeons don’t even think to look under the leaves! I’m a bit worried about the Sprinkles rotting, though, if the birds don’t find them quick enough. What do you think?

So pleased the idea worked.  I don’t think that the sprinkles will rot in this weather. Thanks for getting in touch


The second idea is from Sherry

I have this problem too but i find if i put out a lot of bread on the garden they tend to eat this instead of the seed.
i also put corn out for the pigeons.i know they can be a problem but i still would not like to see them go hungry all creatures great and small still count.




This is a true comment.  There are two sides to everything.  I cannot afford for the large birds to eat all the bird food – yet large birds need to eat as well. 


So there are two really good ideas. 

Put  food under leaves.  I often see blackbirds on the ground and among the fallen leaves.  Good idea.

The second way is also a good way.  Spread the bird food out in different parts of the garden and put different food in different parts of the garden.  I have heard of this working before


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