Thanks all, some good ideas here. We'll have to re-think feeding methods - we're only beginners since moving here in town 2 years ago. Callistemon - I know about the thieving magpies. They used to steal our chicken's eggs when we lived in the country. www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbGZm8sJuyI&pbjreload=10
We've got the hanging bird feeders and the pigeons seem to be happy with what drops from them on to the ground.
However, DH fitted the small water container onto the stand the other day and a pigeon found he could stand on it and reach the seed in the hanging container. So that had to be moved down. As long as they have nothing to stand on they don't seem to use the cylindrical feeders.
We do have rooks (or jackdaws) now, never used to, and seagulls but they are not so keen to land.
We used to have a bird table - the ones like a little house with open sides. My husband constructed it so that the roof extended beyond the table and the gaps around the sides were perfect for little birds but pigeons weren't able to get through. It worked a treat. They used to sit on the roof and peer over at the small birds tucking in!
We had to get rid of it when rats became regular visitors!
I have lots of greedy pigeons in my garden, and I get the same problem. My husband took the roof off the bird table and lowered it so that the pigeons can't get in. (I leave food on the ground for them)
Following Tanith's thread about pigeons - Around here we have mainly pigeons, magpies, sparrows coaltits and a few blackbirds We have a hanging bird feeder, and a sheltered wooden stand for other food for them. But the greedy pegeons hog the feeder with seeds in it and the poor sparrows and coaltits wait patiently on the fence until the bullies have finished. The blackbirds seem more interested on feeding from the earth, and the magpies appreciate the crusts etc in the covered stand. Any ideas about how to stop these pigeons from depriving the poor small birds of their sustenance? Husband says stick a notice on the feeder saying "Pigeons not allowed - Sparrows and Coaltits only" But I don't think they can read.