Too many sparrows
November 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm #6241
I have four different feeders and use various corresponding feed to attract a variety of birds. I have sun flower oil seeds in one, suet cakes in another, finch bird seed in the third and lastly thistle in the fourth feeder. However, sparrows come and eat them all, regardless of the special feeders, screens, holes, etc. Anyway to slow them down and attract the other birds?
November 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm #6244
Sparrows can be difficult to contend with, especially when they upset the harmony of your backyard birding station. We’ve searched the internet for the best ways to deter these birds, and we would like to share this article with you, as there are several methods some backyard birders are using to deter the house sparrows.
First of all, we would suggest that you change the foods that you’re currently offering the birds. Sunflower seed should also be either restricted to small feeders that sway in the wind, which can spook house sparrows but will not always be effective. Try adding safflower seeds, nectar, fruit and nuts, none of which are preferred by these aggressive birds.
The types of feeders used can also make a difference. House sparrows prefer to feed on the ground or on large hopper or platform feeders; remove these feeder styles to discourage house sparrows from visiting. Instead, use metal sock feeders or tube feeders with perches shorter than 5/8ths of an inch to prevent house sparrows from perching easily. Owls are a natural predator, so sparrows are frightened of them. A convincing replica may drive the pests away.
Another way to discourage sparrows would be to remove any food and water sources that may attract the birds, and place lids on garbage bins. Bird-proof fencing can be used to keep sparrows out of gardens and other areas where food is readily available. All birds, however, are attracted to water sources, so you may want to take this measure only temporarily.
We hope that this information is helpful to you, and that your sparrow issues are resolved shortly!
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