Greedy pigeons

  • goldfinch said:

    Can anyone give me some advice on how to keep greedy pigeons off my bird feeders?

    During the long winter, I was happy to put out food for all the birds, given that the ground was often covered in snow .The pyracantha had all it's berries stripped off by a pair of lovely big song thrushes, shame they went away when they were done.

     Now that the breeding season is in full swing, I'd like to put out live mealworms for the new chicks. The problem is that the dried mealworms (and all the other loose food) gets gobbled up by a pair of very fat pigeons that hog the open-top feeder and eat anything put in there. I have hanging feeders, suet balls and a water tray, but some of the smaller birds like the robin and sparrow don't use them and I fear the pigeons are scaring away all but the blackbirds (who seem to fear nothing).

    I've read about perspex domes, would those work? Any other recommendations?

    You're far from alone, we have squirrels and blackbirds as well as wood pigeons on our feeders.

    We've accepted this will happen, but have placed guards over some of the other feeders to try and keep them out!


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