I live in SW Florida and have recently set out bird feeders after my husband resuscitated a cardinal that flew into our slider.
I started using “wild bird food” mix from Ace Hardware. I am getting the cardinals, mourning doves, blue jays, and common grackles.
I wanted to add a feeder for song birds, and am using “song bird mix” and “fruit and nut” mixes from Ace Hardware, in a separate, smaller feeder on a bungee cord (thought that would make it harder for the larger birds to land).
2 q’s: 1) should I move the song bird feeder away from the other 2 feeders to attract the song birds? 2)is there a way to keep the grackles away, or feed them elsewhere, so the smaller birds have a chance?
Thanks, Mary Beth
An option for deterring grackles is to change the type of seed in your feeder. Grackles are attracted to cracked corn and some will eat sunflower seeds. Most grackles are not fond of thistle (Nyjer®) seed. Another suggestion is to try substituting your usual mixed seed or sunflower seed with safflower seed.
Most songbirds enjoy safflower seed but the grackles will typically avoid it. After using safflower seed for a few weeks you can try using your regular seed mix. In most cases, the grackles will not return to the feeder after the safflower seed has been offered.
Thanks so much Katie!
I’m trying it, but my grackles are stubborn;)
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