Does anyone know where I can get a cunning tricksy peanut dispenser aimed specifically at corvids? As I understand it, corvids are particularly smart, and so they can figure out how to operate some simple mechanical devices. I love corvids, especially jays, and I'd like to encourage them to visit more regularly, but the trouble is we get a lot of pheasants coming, and whilst they are gorgeous, they are pretty much hoovers and half a dozen don't leave anything behind for the shy jays. Any ideas?
Richard G B
If you have jays in your area, they are easy to attract with whole peanuts. A small bird table is good enough to place the nuts on. The table would need to have raised sides to stop nuts falling or blowing onto the ground. I can't comment re scientific experiment type feeders, but would have thought it's best kept to scientific experiments, where birds are guaranteed food no matter whether they crack the puzzle or not.
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