Starlings Starlings everywhere
Feeding wild birds
an individual pass time and some people enjoy all birds and some people don't. Whatever your particular preference, you will be aware of the Starlings that are feeding at your wild bird feeding station right now. It is that time of year again when everyone gets to meet and greet the Starling population and this year they seem to have done really well in their breeding!
Feeding garden birds all year round
has it's challenges, the Starlings come down in flocks and devour all that is set before them, especially suet blocks, suet balls and suet pellets
. This morning we had twenty five Starlings in our garden. They will feed on the tube feeders, but are more comfortable on the ground. Often the parents will scatter the wild bird food from the feeders and the young will bounce around on the grass below, feeding from the floor.
Another visitor in number this year is the jackdaw, they generally have been shy birds, but this year they too, seem to be high in number and they are coming to the wild bird feeding stations to get a quick easy meal first thing in the morning, we have about six or eight that attend to our bird feeders! flying in and knocking the feeders so the bird food falls to the ground, they too like the suet food. But they are very wary and the least sign of human and they are off to the trees.
Whether you like to see the Starlings and jackdaws on your bird feeders is up to you, we sort of 'put up with them' as in, not keen but accept they are all birds and so let them be. Many people want to be rid of them so they can enjoy the smaller birds feeding, it is entirely a personal preference. Ther are not any feeders on the market that can distinguish between Starlings and other medium sized birds, so if you want to keep the Starlings away the best method is to stop feeding for a week or two, until they have found somewhere else.
As for the Jackdaws, there are a few feeding solutions, you can use Squirrel proof bird feeders and ground feeding havens and these will keep the larger birds at bay. Of course you might want to still feed them as well as the small birds and you can do this with a large bird mix and a ground feeder tray, placed a few meters away from the main wild bird feeding station.