Hello, I'm after a little advice, or some possible reasons..
We have a feeder in the garden, but have never been able to attract the small, pretty birds. Instead, we proudly feed a whole gang of magpies, jackdaws, and three crows, plus pigeons of course (!) and one blackbird. We have about 8 of each. Due to the rabble, we stopped topping up the feeders at dusk to avoid the morning scramble and to ease our concerns of upsetting the neighbours. The gang visit from around 10am each morning, and 2/3pm in the afternoons.
Yesterday we had a few in the morning, not the usual number but we thought nothing of it. And that was it, nothing since, save for one pigeon this morning.
Our neighbours put up a noisy scarer a few years ago when we first tried with the birds, it sounded like a bird's distress call. This time around though we can hear nothing.
Is this usual? Is there anything that might have happened or been placed to deter all of them? They were quite ballsy and would shout at us while filling the feeders up (trays more than hangers, of course!). We are quite disappointed and concerned, what could have happened? We can't find any sign of deterrent in neighbouring gardens (obviously we can only see a little over our fences. Do you think it is worth approaching the neighbours? They are all elderly and quite animal unfriendly, so it wouldn't surprise us sadly!
Thanks for any ideas!
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