Hi all I desperately need advice please I have a bird feeder with biggish holes that I put Suet balls in and I get an array of birds on there and my favourite the great spotted woodpecker more than one I go through a lot of these suet balls which I don’t mind as I could stand by the window all day and watch the birds feeding , but the last week or so I have had magpies and jackdaws on there and they are eating all the suet balls could I please have some advice as to how to stop this as I want to desperately keep feeding my smaller birds and my woodpeckers but not those larger birds ?????
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As for the suet ball feeder, there really isn't anything you can do. Feeders are basically a free-for-all scenario, and the only way to stop the larger birds is to totally remove the feeder(s).
You may be able to get a suet ball feeder with what's called a squirrel guard, but in my experience, the smaller birds don't like the guard and tend to stay away.
I wouldn't recommend placing anything around the feeder(s) to restrict access, because the restrictive material could come adrift and cause undue suffering, or even death to feeding birds!
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