Posted: 17/08/2012 at 08:57
Hi Lunarz !
I found I had a problem with the arrival of starlings a couple of months ago, as I too enjoy feeding all the birds, and there were lots of different babies appearing each day. I remember on the Saturday I had ONE, yes ONE (scout) starling - thought it was nice to see him as I like to hear the funny noise they make (not the sqwarking !!), but by Monday morning I had TWENTY FOUR, (count them) Starlings raiding my garden, all lining up on the electric wire above my garden (I live in the country). They do send out scouts looking for food. I persevered for a good few weeks, of removing the seed and feeders for a day or two - snatching them in before I went to work, they kept coming back, so I persevered more. The babies got so darn cheeky to the point that I practically could grab one, trying to scare it off the feeder, I was literally 2" away from it, it was determined to stay for the food !
Thankfully, they seem to have moved on now, crossing my fingers, as haven't seen them for a while now. Though am happy that I'm getting to see more and more of Woody (Woodpecker) and Sebastian (my Squirrel). Seb has started to destroy my bird peanut feeder by chewing through the bottom of the wire, he emptied it of peanuts every day, so will be making him his own peanut feeder this weekend !
Good luck with your starlings !! As other folk have said, hopefully they should move on soon.
(though must say, I agree with Dovefromabove in that they are useful eating leatherjacks from your lawn, I have a 1/3 acre garden, and frequently came home from work, to find prod holes every 3" all over the garden, they'd worked hard that day !! amazing !!)