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Birds feeding on a tatty old bird table – A Video

 

 

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It’s an old tatty bird table, but what a lot of birds got some benefit from it! 

I don’t have this birdtable any more but it was a good birdtable as the tray was deep and so the bird food did not blow off.  It also gave shelter to birds when they were feeding.

Excuse the background noise – I am not sure what it is. 

How many different birds can you see. I saw 3, but if I watch it again I’m sure I’ll see more

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Again I can’t see exactly when I recorded this video, but I’m enjoying myself going back over some of the videos I took.  Three cheers for RIVA Encoder!

Thrush asleep on a bird table

I’m up and about early this morning – 5.15am. Looking out the window I saw a thrush on the birdtable. It seemed to be asleep, but could have been ‘sitting, resting’ there waiting for food.

My movement at the window startled the thrush and it flew away in a flash.

I couldn’t help but wondered why it was resting on my birdtable and not roosting in a hedge

The thought occurred to me that maybe it felt safer on the bird table than in the hedge.

The birdtable is the one that I have put garden canes round. I did this to stop large birds getting onto the birdtable. It has worked! The canes stop the large birds balancing on the bird table. The thrushes, blackbirds and smaller birds just fly inbetween the canes. It does not look pretty and I’m going to sort the canes out better – but it is now used by many birds and I put loads of bird food out every day knowing only garden birds will get the food.

New and unique way to keep pigeons away

Getting back to why the thrush was resting on the birdtable. I have seen with my own eyes a sparrowhawk dive into my garden hedge to get a blackbird – SPARROWHAWK AND BLACKBIRD

Is it possible that there is a sparrowhawk around maurauding the hedges – or even a magpie – and the thrush went to the birdtable for safety.

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For me this strange birdtable with canes is the only way I have found that allows thrushes and blackbirds to get bird food yet keeps rooks, pigeons, ravens, crows off. I have some caged, hanging bird feeders and a ground covered bird feeder – but blackbirds and thrushes can’t use them.

TO READ MY ARTICLE SHOWING HOW I HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM OF PIGEONS AND OTHER LARGE BIRDS OF PREY LANDING ON A BIRD TABLE CLICK HERE

I know sparrowhawks won’t go into a prickly Hawthorn bush / hedge to get prey. I don’t have any Hawthorn in my garden but there is a lot down the lane. Maybe we should plant Hawthorn.

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Do you have thrushes resting in your bird table?

Have you had to solve any problems of large birds getting bird food?

Have a good day. Trisha – 6am!

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How to keep Pigeons off a bird table

Yet another  person has had the same problem as I’ve had.  Lynda says

I have lots of pigeons feeding on my table, but no small birds,   the pigeons scare them off,

I want to feed the birds but not attract a gang of pigeons and I have even had a pair of magpies who I think have been looking for water. would a ground feeding cage be better?

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There are a few ways to keep large birds off bird food.  One way is not to use a bird table but to use a caged hanging bird feeder.  Below is a photo of my caged peanut feeder when it was brand new.

It has lasted a long time.  It has been great to see a lot of smaller birds feeding safely inside the cage as it hangs in the garden.

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Squirrels and large birds were  the reason I bought this caged nut feeder a while ago.    CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FEEDER

You can also get CAGED SEED FEEDERS

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Putting bird food into any hanging feeder seems to keep off larger birds.

Here is a budget SEED FEEDER AND TRAY FOR £12.99 plus postage

I have found the ground feeder useful and it’s been fun watching the birds.  It has lasted me ages.    Mine has a wire seed tray and a green meshed cover, which allows only small birds in.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A CAGE COVER THAT YOU CAN BUY

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A REALLY GOOD WAY TO KEEP PIGEONS OFF BIRDTABLES

The problem with the above methods is that THEY KEEP OUT BLACKBIRDS AND THRUSHES.   I was recently told of a  brilliant way to keep  pigeons out but lets  blackbirds and thrushes in – as well as the smaller garden birds.

It’s great!  I’m getting loads of  garden birds on the birdtable now and all the pigeons, rooks and crows have given up. 

Thurshes and blackbirds spend ages on the birdtable since I have started to use this method. 

What you do is – You  put garden canes round the bird table.    This has been the best way for me to keep large birds off bird tables.  As I said blackbirds and thrushes as well as the smaller garden birds can get onto the bird table  when the canes are surrounding it – and believe me I get lots of birds feeding on the bird table now. .  It may look a bit odd but it works

New and unique way to keep pigeons away

THIS METHOD IS THE ONLY WAY I HAVE FOUND THAT  KEEPS PIGEONS AND ROOKS AWAY BUT LETS  THRUSHES AND BLACKBIRDS ONTO THE BIRDTABLE TO FEED AS WELL AS SMALLER GARDEN BIRDS

.TO WATCH A VIDEO OF A THRUSH ON THE BIRDTABLE CLICK HERE

To read more click the link

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/07/keeping-pigeons-away-from-bird-tables/

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USING A HANGING BASKET TO KEEP LARGE BIRDS OFF BIRD TABLES

A reader told me  yesterday (13.8.09)  that she  got an old, large, empty hanging basket.  She turned it upside down and has put this on  her open top birdtable.  It has become a barrier to stop the pigeons and rooks  eating the bird food and keeping away the small garden birds.

She said it’s lovely to see the small birds inside it eating merrily and contentedly away.

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I’m sorry you’re having trouble with large birds, but glad that I’m not on my own.  I’ve given some ordinary and some unusual suggestions for keeping pigeons off bird tables.  Hope it helps.

I have to wage a bird feeding war  on rooks, crows, pigeons, pheasants and even farm hens that seem to think the food is there just for them to eat in one minute!

Will have a look back at other methods I’ve learnt to keep large birds away.

 I wouldn’t recommend you do what I did last summer.  I spent ages trying to make my bird table safe for smaller birds –

Trying to keep large birds off the bird table

Trying to keep large birds off the bird table

This worked for a few days, but the pigeons and other birds just got through the wire in the end!  It was worth a try.

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Hope readers will  send me any photos you have and any notes on how you keep pigeons off bird tables.