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To be grumpy about the birds?

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Cheeseismylife Wed 27-May-20 09:56:16

We leave in a relatively quiet urban area but not far from coast and countryside. My neighbours have put out bird feed during lockdown. A lot of birdfeed.
However, their garden has no trees and ours has plenty.
The result is that the area is now heaving with birds - seagulls, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, magpies, crows, bluetits, chaffinches, robins, wrens the whole lot.
Don't get me wrong, I like birds.
But because next door garden has no trees, the birds are feeding next door and then sitting in our trees, or on the fence between gardens. The result is that I am having to re-wash laundry almost every day because it is getting pooed on by birds. My patio is covered in poo, the kids slide is covered in poo, my windows are covered in poo, my car is covered in poo...
And we are being woken up by the birds at 4am every day because there are now so many hanging around that it's really loud.
We always had plenty of birds visiting the garden, and there have been bluetits and robins resident for years, and but it was generally smaller birds rather than the pigeons, gulls, crows, magpies that now dominate.

Is it reasonable to be grumpy about this?

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Jashartsx Wed 27-May-20 09:58:10

Not unreasonable to be annoyed (you can’t help that) but you would be unreasonable to say something to the neighbours

EdwinaMay Wed 27-May-20 10:00:07

The crows and magpies will eat the young in the nests so you don't want those.
Buy a plastic owl or make a scarecrow, local farmer has several in his fields so presumably they work for crows and rooks

Teacher12345 Wed 27-May-20 10:00:10

I personally would mention it to the neighbours and ask them to reduce the amount they are putting out.

SoupDragon Wed 27-May-20 10:01:55

Have you spoken to them about it?

You could try telling them you've seen a rat cleaning up the spilt food

Cheeseismylife Wed 27-May-20 10:03:08

Oh crap, I hadn't even thought about rats. It's in a big dish thing and also all over thr floor so it's perfect for rat access!

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Bluemoooon Sat 30-May-20 10:39:37

There will be rats but they are really hard to spot. Too intelligent to come out in daylight.

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