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Killing small birds

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I have just read a 2018 post "Reminder" whereby small birds can be trapped by fat ball netting. I would like to add my experience here where I purchased some super sticky fly paper that is made to wrap around the trunks of fruit trees to stop climbing insects. It also trapped blue tits and other small birds who thought the trapped insects were a good meal. PLEASE DO NOT BUY this stuff it is a bird killer.
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Poor things ! Blue tits are my favourite birds : we have a lot of them around the house thanks to a 'restaurant' that I have installed for them on top of a pole to keep stray cats away. My OH feeds them daily and we have more and more of them, not mentioning many other species...
I remember my father painting white the bottom of his fruit trees to keep ants away: I don't know if it would work for other insects ...
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We also have loads of blue tits. The house is in dire need of repointing so they find lots of places in the walls to nest. Fun to watch the little ones making their first efforts to leave the nests.
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We have lots also along wiith our own colony of spuggies. Little buggers cost me a fortune in seed and fatballs!

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A good reminder, Polarengineer.

We also put seed and fat balls out for birds, but wish we could get rid of the squirrels! There were 5 clambering and swinging from the pole and apple trees yesterday - they’ve obviously decided that coming in groups is the best way.

We mainly have blue and great tits, long-tailed tits swoop down once a day, robins flutter like mad to hold on and nuthatches, which I love to see but seem convinced that the food is only there for them, are feeding most of the time. Other regulars are a male and a female great spotted woodpecker, with blackbirds, woodpigeons and a wren clearing up any food that the others drop - so much more pleasant than rats!

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Polarengineer wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:57 am
I have just read a 2018 post "Reminder" whereby small birds can be trapped by fat ball netting. I would like to add my experience here where I purchased some super sticky fly paper that is made to wrap around the trunks of fruit trees to stop climbing insects. It also trapped blue tits and other small birds who thought the trapped insects were a good meal. PLEASE DO NOT BUY this stuff it is a bird killer.
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We also put seed and fat balls out for birds, but wish we could get rid of the squirrels! There were 5 clambering and swinging from the pole and apple trees yesterday - they’ve obviously decided that coming in groups is the best way.
We've got about half a dozen jays that visit regularly. They can't get to the hanging feeder but they gobble up anything on the bird table or the ground. The only animal that can scare them off, apart from me, is a squirrel.
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If you are interested in doing the small bird population a favour, then kill Jays and Magpies.

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Nifty wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:32 pm
If you are interested in doing the small bird population a favour, then kill Jays and Magpies.
And how is that different from a gamekeeper killing harriers, osprey, and other birds of prey in order to protect his pheasant and grouse?

On the subject of tree bands, we have never had a bird caught on ours, so it may depend on the brand used, or even if they are correctly applied.
As for nets around fat balls, it is an often repeated warning but we have never seen any bird caught up in the nets of our balls. A number of our hangers actually need the net to hang the ball from, so removing the net is not an option. So a genuine question on this one, has anyone here actually seen with their own eyes a bird caught in one of these nets?

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Basically no difference. Except perhaps, one action is driven by emotion and the other is driven by profit.
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