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I am having a problem being able to feed my song birds like I have in the past. Usually during the winter months, I've had no problem with cowbirds, but this year, they have been a real pest.

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Cowbirds are brood parasites. They don't hatch their own eggs. They lay their eggs in the nest of other birds and sometimes destroy the eggs of the other bird. A female can lay about 40 eggs per year. Their population is increasing.

To feed the pair of cardinals that visit every day, I put just a little bird seed in the large feeder in the morning and watch the feeder. If the cowbirds come, I scare them away.

I keep the finch feeder full of a premium finch food. Except for the woodpecker, the large birds can't get to the seed in this feeder. Other than the woodpecker who helps himself, I enjoy watching the gold finches, chickadees, sparrows, house finches, tufted titmouse, and the nuthatches. They all love the Premium Finch Lovers Blend I get from Walmart. It's expensive, but well worth me being able enjoy my bird watching.

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