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We have a Mocking bird that rules our property. We enjoy the red birds, blue birds and beautiful yellow finches, but this Mocking bird will not allow them to feed at the feeders we have provided for them. He doesn't want to eat, just doesn't want any other birds in the yard. Our kitty has to walk along side of the house under bushes. What can we do?
By Littleredcheeks from Winchester, TN
Stop feeding them. We have plenty birds, no trouble with any of them. They get plenty seed in our lawn & trees, good luck.
I had a mockingbird that nested in a bush outside of our window and it was really mean and made a terrible mess on the window sill and on my car mirror. I got a cheap plastic toy snake at the dollar store and hung it in the bush where he nested and he left within a day and never returned.
The plastic snake is a good idea! Also, try putting up one or two more bird feeders. The mockingbird will run himself ragged trying to keep the other birds from all of the feeders.
Mockingbirds are very territorial, and quite fearless as you have found out! Do you have a suet feeder? They often go for that... put it as far away from the seed feeders as possible to make the mockingbird have to work harder.
Had two mocking birds move into my bushes about a month ago. Didn't know what they were but were terrorizing anyone who came near. After a week of having to take cover just to get to my car I took some pictures and sent them to my brother to identify. Once I discovered they were mocking birds, I looked them up and played a you tube video of a singing mockingbird. One of the birds came right up the window where I was playing tune on my phone.
red tailed hawk - sound, call, and screech
Cornell Lab of Ornathology webpage. They have calls for all kinds of different birds. Used the hawk sounds to scare away Towhees that chirped all through my first pregnancy!!
I'm nearly at the point of pulling out a shotgun - temporary insanity will be easy to prove. But before that, I'm going to make a recording the the bird itself and then play that recording during the day. Apparently the mockingbird will try to out chirp its own recording and eventually become too exhausted to sing st sing.
Thanks for the predatory bird sound idea! I played this YouTube sound overnight and our noisy visitor is gone! One night!
I love the idea of YouTube to scare off birds!! WOW!!! I need to remember that! We get blue birds that nest in our one tree and they are mean! I will google their enemy and find that sound!
I love them 'yes they are terratorial and will swoop at ya to keep a distance from babies. And they go after Ravens . Tought little bird and loud
I am at my wits end with a mockingbird that constantly fights all my other little birds trying to eat. Believe me, I am ready to buy a BB gun and shoot it!! This summer it sat in the top of my tree and sang so pretty but now its back to fighting the others! I just watched it flying back and forth from the neighbors yard back to mine. I feel so sorry for my other birds that stay here the year around. Last winter I did place a feeder in the front yard but since I have about 20 little birds that live in the shrubbery there, they kept my side walks and drive way pretty nasty pooping so much. Seems like I am damned if I do or don't!
I have one outside on the light post and he's driving me crazy. These are birds from hell.
LMAO this could be delightful. I think I'll buy some bird feeders.. I really hate noisy birds. If he would stay quiet I would provide all the food he needs as I do love most birds. Right now I feed the crows because they scare the mocking birds away.
We are staying at this RV park right now and we have this annoying mockingbird that will attack everybody's windows. I'm pretty sure it sees its reflection. Every single day it will go to our window and slam into it and peck it, including our new truck when it's here.This has gone on for 2 weeks straight now and I'm starting to lose sleep over the little brat. I've even got videos of it attacking other peoples' vehicles and RVs. Does anyone know of anything to scare it away?
I have had some luck scaring away a variety of birds by hanging unwanted CDs from strings in front of whatever I want to keep them away from. If it is a car window, you can use those little safe suction cups and string them from a old shoelace or piece of yarn. Most birds hate the reflection and keep away. My friend went so far (but she is super creative) of making a thing a ma jig shaped like an owl that was affixed to a post that was put in front of her garden and that worked until the weather destroyed it after a few summers.
Wishing you an easy solution to scare them away!
PS...this guy shows you how to make the kind I like but with metal chain
The shiny surface of a CD will scare the birds.
Most birds do not like wind chimes, the noise scares then away. Also birds do not like shiny objects, you can make your own using coat hangers , take aluminum foil, cut in strips and tie hanging down from the coat hanger. Hope this is of help, good luck !!
Shoot it! Or try a plastic snake