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hi im new ive just started to feed the birds in my garden i have starlings, blue tits,sparrows and a pigeon, i do have different feeders but im gettin swamped with starlings now how do i get rid of them? i have been told they will go once their babies have fled the nest is this true
My garden is the same Kathy, it's full of young fledged starlings looking for easy food. I let them get on with it as the adults don't seem to be around all year, they appear in spring and seems once babies have fledged they do disappear. The young ones hang around for a while and get very quarrelsome!
Hi Kathy, welcome to the site - I'm fairly new too, and I have had some really helpful advice already. There is another thread called Starlings which someone must have posted at the same time as you, and that already has some tips on it.
Thankyou for your advice I will leave them they are young ones and rather noisy and quarrlesome they may disapear
You'll be lucky. They are opportunists. If you feed them, they'll stay.
I love my birds - costs me a fortune to support them. I do not mind the robins, the crows, jackdaws, magpies, black birds et all - but I dread it when the starlings come round - such messy eaters and such bully boys - an elderly acquaintance used to call them "shovellers" as they seem to shovel as much into their beaks as they can and even so much that they drop it as they fly away. They do seem, however, to diminish as the year goes on and just come back at baby feeding time or in a very harsh winter.
Starling numbers are dropping too
well ive had to remove feeder you can lower it so larger birds cant get to it but the starlings managed to get there heads in and take the meal worms and i had loads im goin to put sunflower seeds in and see if that keeps them away does any one know what starlings wont bother with i do have a wooden nut feeder and there noth bothering with it just the cocunuts and the suet feeder
It seems to me that they eat everything Iput out whether it be left over meat potatoes, pastry, suet pellets, seeds etc