I would like to know if any members know how I can get rid of Blackbirds. I have 2 feeders and they caused all my Pretty Songbirds to leave. I do have 2 pair of Morning Doves that are not afraid of the Blackbirds. All these Blackbirds do is eat up the seed and fight amongst themselves. I have tried not to put seed out, but they still hang around.
Thanks for your help.
Sherry from Valdosta, GA
I have dealt with a similar situation in the past (Starlings); here are a few strategies to try:
Hang in there! They will eventually move on.
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The problem with using any type of device to rid the area of Blackbirds, is that it usually scares away all the other birds, laying a plastic snake on the ground by the feeder will work, or having a owl figure sitting nearby.
Joy from Culbertson, MT (07/22/2006)
Grackles are not gentle they kill small birds, too. (04/09/2007)
You can try using a sonic or ultrasonic deterrent, they are sometimes able to be specialized to only detract one kind of bird. You might be able to find one that plays distress calls of Blackbirds, it'll scare them but not frighten the other birds. Bird-X offers eco-friendly and humane products that are very effective. (04/21/2008)
I have a major problem w/Grackles. Not sure if that is the Blackbird you refer to. I have to totally alter the way I feed the birds when they arrive in late Winter and stay until the end of Summer. Hate them. Feeder hogs, mean too. I put all my open fly through feeders in the shed till Fall.
I use only small feeders that small birds can perch on or cling to. I use the upside down type of suet feeder and put all the others away till Fall. No seed mixes, because they usually contain corn (not good, as was stated). Sunflower seeds only in the small feeders and then still sometimes they manage to get on the small feeders.
They hate Safflower seeds so I usually end up switching to that. I don't think the other birds like it much either, but at least I still have some birds visiting my feeders. I throw safflower seed and Nyger thistle seed on the ground for the Doves (some people hate Doves, but I like them and don't have a ton), some of the ground feeders will eat the Nyger and Safflower, but the Grackles won't. I tried feeding the Grackles away from my feeders. They just eat up "their" food and then come eat up all the other. Hate them. Oh, I said that. (12/03/2008)
I put fruit in pantyhose and hung it up on my feeder. I haven't seen a blackbird since. (03/01/2009)
I also have a Blackbird problem. I use a bulk feeder that holds about 12 lbs. of feed. I normally fill it once or twice a week. When the Blackbirds come in the spring I have to fill it once a day. Enough is enough so I built a cage to go over my feeder. I tried to make it from wire fence but could not find one the right size.
The one I made is redwood 1/4 inch thick strips ripped to 3/8 wide. The important thing was the 1-1/8 inch gaps between the strips to allow the song birds in and keep the Blackbirds out. The 1-1/8inch gap was a guess, but worked great. It took about 1 day for the smaller birds to figure out the feeder, but they use it now as though the cage wasn't there. (See picture) (04/02/2009)
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