Starlings and Blackbirds
Red Winged Blackbird
Question About Starlings & Blackbirds
The starlings and black birds are taking over my feeders. What can I do?
Thank you for asking!
It is very discouraging when the Starlings and Blackbirds decide to make your feeding station their favorite dining spot. But there are a few things you can try:
1. Stop filling your feeders that they are visiting for 2-3 weeks and hopefully they will move on to another location. But the draw back to this is of course that you will loose the birds you want to see for a while too. But they will return!
2. Clean out your feeders well and then fill them with safflower seed only. Some birds love safflower, especially Cardinals, but most do not, including Starlings and Blackbirds. Keep this up for 2-3 weeks and hopefully the unwanted ones will move on.
3. Use tube feeders which Starlings and Blackbirds cannot sit on. You could put up 2 or 3 offering sunflower seed, nyjer seed and peanuts in the shell. Just make sure the perches are short enough 1 to 1 1/2 inch long so that small birds can still use them but the larger birds you do not want cannot sit on them. Wider tubes are also better than narrow ones.
Goldfinch tube feeder
Hope this helps.
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