My feeding station is a 10ft high sycamore branch stuck into the ground from which hangs the feeders. The birds love it as it gives them somewhere to perch whilst waiting their turn.
But I have a problem with the crow family, in particular the jackdaws.
Despite my notice, pinned in clear view of all that 'these hanging fat ball containers are for small birds only' and another that states height restrictions apply, the jackdaws use a sophisticated team operation whereby one of them will cling precariously onto the container and feverishly attack the fat balls whilst the rest of the team (and this includes rooks and a crow) gobble up the disintegrated chunks. This means I am having to top up the container about three times a day. On top of this the small birds stay away while the big boys are in the playground.
I have dismissed the advice of my townie friend Hank who suggested I concrete the whole area and dispense with feeding altogether as that would solve the problem, but am looking for a way in which to discourage these robbers. They seem to have no sense of decency or fair play.
I have tried moving the feeder to other branches, yet they still find a way.
Any suggestions please?
Hmm the force is strong in The Dark Ones, however an elemental shield ( cage ) around the fat balls should allow only the smaller birds in some thing similar to this http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/bird-food-and-feeding/bird-feeders/globe-nut-feeder.html known as the Death Cage may stop the Dark Force.
I am not sure but I think they are also resistant to notices, their dark side enables them to gloss over such hazards.
Keep the faith young Padawan the rest of the Jedi will send you some of their force to protect you Fat Balls...
You may want to change the name "fat balls" to Large Globes in line with our policies on naming conventions and discrimination....
The Jedi Council
Thanks for the advice.
I did look in our local market for such a device and found one that wasn't too expensive. I was just about to purchase this when I felt a tug on my sleeve and turning I found myself looking down on a little guy with funny ears who said 'the pecker of wood unable will be to feed.'
I hadn't thought of that and so didn't buy it.