Posted: 06/12/2012 at 13:13
Oh I do sympathise with you, I live in NE Scotland (Moray) and have had starlings throughout this year. I too thought they migrated and was wondering the same, when are they going to beggar off, but to no avail thus far. They too savage all the food I put out for the little birds, but I do find that they totally ignore seed and peanuts. I too put out suet pellets and dried mealworms and it's these latter 2 that get savaged - oh and the fat balls. Just this last week I've had a family of long tail tits in the garden which are a delight to see, but distressing for me also as they head for the fat balls, so I have to watch for the starlings so the poor little LTT's get a look in. I also put out a fat cake in a cage, and every so often the whole thing 'just disappears'. I too like you enjoy encouraging the wildlife into the garden, and love the array of birds I get, I know we must feed and support all kinds of birds, but do feel the same sometimes re: the starlings. Though luckily I don't get 60 odd, the most I've counted is about 23, all lining up on the electricity line over the garden. Luckily I live in the countryside, so don't get quite so bombarded with the plop, though the dome feeders on the feeding station is smothered some days.
We can just cross our fingers and hope they do move south a little, as my jet propelling the window open and swearing through the gap on a regular basis must be quite comical to anyone that could hear me