After spending many weeks trying to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens and other small birds without European Starlings eating most of them, I finally have a winner! I started with tossing some into platform feeders, then switched to a small Squirrel Buster Standard feeder that I tried to retrofit an endless number of ways to keep the starlings out. I finally gave in and purchased Erva’s Mealworm Feeder from Amazon, part of their “Starling Proof Feeder” series. (I couldn’t find this feeder locally.) After watching starlings repeatedly try and and fail to get into this feeder off and on for days now and only getting scraps around the edges, I am declaring it a success!Continue reading Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Early spring brings European Starlings to the yard and they are tenacious about sticking around to eat as much seed, suet and mealworms as they can get from feeders. They are also very messy eaters, often sweeping a lot of seed out of platform and hopper feeders onto the ground. This year I put my hanging hopper feeder away temporarily because they kept dumping the seed onto the ground for the squirrels to eat . . . BUT, this past week I had a brainstorm that I think has stopped the dumping.Continue reading Starlings Dumping Seed on The Ground
This past winter brought a small flock of House Sparrows to my yard. This spring brought a little group of Eastern Bluebirds. House Sparrows compete with bluebirds for nest cavities and will kill bluebirds (eggs, nestlings and adults) in the nest and then build their own nest on top of them. So these non-native sparrows need to go.
You can find all my attempts to get these sparrows to move on in my “Deterring House Sparrows” post. But read on if you’d like more information on one my experiments: a DYI anti-sparrow bird feeder halo inspired by the “Magic Halo” design that folks at the University of Nebraska devised. If you poke around online, you’ll find lots of people have made their own versions of this device. This is how I made mine.Continue reading My DYI Anti House Sparrow Halo