Small bird seed feeder

Any designs for a seed dispenser for the small song birds that overwinter here? I've tried several but they seem to get the larger crows and magpies attention too. They chase the smaller birds away. Any ideas how to be selective? Any ideas on how to discourage crows and magpies from my garden? For the first time we've been visited by a blue Jay couple.

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  • there are seed mixes that should only attract certain birds. Thistle, for instance, is usually for finches and the net feeders only allow small birds to stick their beaks in.

    • Rod Hamilton Rod Hamilton on Dec 30, 2017
      Thank you. There us a garden centre where I buy bird seed but next time I'll ask the attendant rather than making the choice myself. A net feeder is a new item. I've been putting out seeds in what I would describe as a 8 inch tree log hanging on its side with the centre hollowed out to hold the seed. I'd take a picture but can't manage thru the snow right now. Much appreciate your reply. Any advice on discouraging crows and magpies?

  • Diane H. Diane H. on Dec 30, 2017
    I’ve been feeding birds for years and the best feeders I’ve found for little birds are 2 liter soda bottles with a screw-on perch/dispenseR. Just Google “bird feeder from soda bottle” and you'll Find them available from multiple sources for under $3.00 each. They even Come with a plastic hanger; however the hangerstend to break After while. I just replace the hanger with a wire and it works fine. They last for years - far longer than my expensive feeders!

    • Rod Hamilton Rod Hamilton on Dec 31, 2017
      Thank you. Sometimes the best answers are those where you say to yourself..of course. Why didn't I think of looking on pinter estate first. Your response has opened another road to explore thanks.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Dec 30, 2017
    Try They offer a wide variety of feeders and ones for 'special needs' like what you're talking about. I got the feeder that hangs inside a 'cage' that is too small for crows, pigeons and magpies to get through. They have to settle for anything that the finches and other little ones allow to fall.

    • Rod Hamilton Rod Hamilton on Dec 31, 2017
      As soon as the snow drift shrinks I'll bring in my log feeder and fit it with a screen cover which will allow the birds access from the ends but not to just perch on the edge. I did not think the Chica Dees would enter someplace 'enclosed' will give the Web site a visit too. Many thanks.

  • Alberta Coulter Alberta Coulter on Dec 30, 2017
    It might be the seed mix you are using. The larger birds like sunflower seeds and larger seeds. See if you can find a mix that doesn't contain those.

    • Rod Hamilton Rod Hamilton on Dec 31, 2017
      The mix does contain sun flower seeds and a seed I don't recognise.
      The first responder suggested changing my mission too. I'll go shopping on Tuesday. Any advice on crows ?

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Dec 31, 2017
    Crow can be hard to discourage - I think they like the mental challenge. If your feeder is near the house, you could just try chasing them away a few times because they will be cautious to come onto a porch, balcony, etc. If you use tiny seeds, like millet, then they might not be interested