I hung my feeder inside 2 large hanging baskets held together with a wire to form a globe

The pigeons become unstable and can’t feed but small birds can get through


People have such wonderful ways of helping our garden birds. Thank you Anne for sending this. 

If anyone uses this idea could you let me know.  I’d love to know.

I think this is a great idea. 

Anne wrote in reply to this article I wrote in 2009.  It’s still an important issue.


  1. anita

    I have become abit of an anorak since retiring last summer, about the greedy crows and magpies gulping back my expensive bird food from the table/feeders. I have an elaborate system of string tied around the table now, which works pretty well. However! I have just received a BB gun I sent off for online! It was only around £25 including 500 pellets, and is pretty rubbish power and aim wise, BUT the crows/magpies seem to be getting the message. They do NOT like it! I (sadly!) wait inside my upstairs bedroom window, gun fully loaded, and wait……….( if I load the gun when they appear, they hear it and vamoose! Quick learners, them darn crows!) Think I hit a magpie the other day- he hopped across the garden, turned to where he had been- his face was a picture! Shock/horror! And flew off pronto. So there’s an idea for you. Cheap, effective, harmless……and Fun! (Oh, yes it is!) Get the rifle form- better aiming. Mine is spring loaded, no need for gas cylinder refills.

  2. Trish Post author

    Hello Anita,
    I agree – we can waste so much money buying bird food for the garden birds only to see it eaten by crows / mapgies / rooks – and so on!

    A BB gun. I’ll have to find out more about them.

    I think that everyone who puts bird food out has a ‘bird feeding clock’ that they go by, so I can understand why you wait for them to appear. they are birds of habit and if they know what is going to be waiting for them they should surely stop visiting you.

  3. Trish Post author

    Hello Again Anita, I’ve just remembered that Farmers use a loud ‘banger’. I’ve forgotten the proper name for it. It is on a timer and lets off a very loud noise every so often. It does it automatically so it can be left without human help and automatically frightens crows and rooks away

    I’ve put this as a short article on Bird Table News. Trisha


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