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Starlings have invaded bird feeders

 
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Feb 02, 2012 19:54 |  #16

Starlings are an aggressive invasive species that displace our native cavity nesters such as red-headed woodpeckers.

Have you checked All Seasons Wild Bird Store (external link) for upside down feeders? I buy most of my feeders and seed at the Bloomington store. You can also check online at duncraft.com or bestnest.com for all kinds of feeders. I got a caged peanut feeder from Duncraft that allows chickadees and nuthatches in but excludes larger birds. You can feed in-shell peanuts to blue jays, I've never seen starlings go after those.

Also have you tried putting out safflower? All Seasons has a mix called Bye Bye Starling (external link) that you might try.


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Feb 08, 2012 10:10 |  #17

Their numbers had fallen dramatically in the Uk and are only just making a comeback, I have them for the first time on my feeders, and they do just hoover everything up, kinda in two minds one likes to see them the other finds them a pain emptying the feeders,
They are worth a photograph or two and have amazing colours .




  
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Feb 13, 2012 09:51 |  #18

I knew I'm not the only one having these "starling issues". It's a good thing I don't have 100 of these ransacking my feeder (yet!). They mostly eat the suet block, I hid for a week but that also drove away the bushtits (love these tiny critters) and the northern flickers. my wife said to put it back and don't discriminate against any birds. i said its a rat :). just kidding of course.


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Feb 14, 2012 14:02 |  #19

But by "not discriminating" what we do is encourage the propagation of invasive species. It's not a matter of which birds we like or which we consider more beautiful. Ultimately the issue is that they displace native species and that creates a monoculture of invasives. We can't change the past with regard to the introduction of these species, or control what other people do, but we can take responsibility over our own back yards. And in doing so we have the ability give our native species a better chance for survival. For example, if people hadn't taken steps during the 20th century to manage house sparrows, we might no longer have bluebirds. People don't seem to have any problem discriminating against invasive plant species (buckthorn, kudzu, garlic mustard, etc) and it's no different with birds. If someone wants their yard to be a monoculture of buckthorn, house sparrows and starlings, go for it, but I will do everything I can to discourage that!


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Feb 23, 2012 08:56 |  #20

I asked a lady at the garden shop and she said that Starlings dont like Thistle seed. I sure hope they dont start coming here!! Most of them hang out at walmart.... so they can just stay there!!

On a good note i had gone out to the mail box and there was alittle Pine Siskin on the ground pecking away.. he didnt seem frightened of me..so i bent over and he purched on one of my wooden barrels.. i held out my hand and he hopped right on it.. then flew to a bush.... :)




  
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Feb 23, 2012 10:15 |  #21

gymell wrote in post #13897127 (external link)
But by "not discriminating" what we do is encourage the propagation of invasive species. It's not a matter of which birds we like or which we consider more beautiful. Ultimately the issue is that they displace native species and that creates a monoculture of invasives. We can't change the past with regard to the introduction of these species, or control what other people do, but we can take responsibility over our own back yards. And in doing so we have the ability give our native species a better chance for survival. For example, if people hadn't taken steps during the 20th century to manage house sparrows, we might no longer have bluebirds. People don't seem to have any problem discriminating against invasive plant species (buckthorn, kudzu, garlic mustard, etc) and it's no different with birds. If someone wants their yard to be a monoculture of buckthorn, house sparrows and starlings, go for it, but I will do everything I can to discourage that!

The interesting thing has been that the Starlings were out-thugging everything for our suet block...until I put something out there that the Flickers actually LIKE. Now the Flicker comes in and runs them off :) That's been helping keep them down, here, recently.


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Feb 23, 2012 12:55 |  #22

We get quite a few here too...

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=XH-groCeKbE (external link)


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