Dealing With Starlings
What's up with all these black birds taking over your feeders? More than likely, it's the European Starling that's been dominating your feeders these days! However, there are several solutions to keep these birds from monopolizing feeders.
- Fill your feeders with just enough fresh food in the morning and then in the evening to be sure your "favorite" birds eat it before the starlings find it. Several species of birds, other than starlings, feed at dusk and dawn.
- Offer your favorite WBU seed blends in tube feeder as opposed to a hopper feeder. This will help diminish the amount of seed that the starlings tend to throw to the ground.
- Safflower. It's a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Sevearl of your favorite birds will readily eat safflower; starlings typically do not because the very hard shell is difficult to open.
- Offer WBU Simply Suet, which the starlings like less than blended suets. Don't worry, this won't prevent your woodpeckers and favorite birds from visiting.
- Use an "upside-down" suet feeder which reduces starling activity at the suet feeder but unfortunately cannot stop them completely.
- Continue to feed Nyjer® (thistle) to your goldfinches. Starlings don't seem to care much for this seed. Also, you might be surprised to see a few other occaissional visitors to your finch feeder; such as chickadees and nuthatches.
- Add WBU On-Guard Cages to your feeders. They allow smaller birds through while keeping out larger birds.