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How do you keep black birds away from feeders in your yard and let the blue birds and cardinals eat?


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2015-07-15 19:08:18
2015-07-15 19:08:18
Keep Blackbirds Away from Bird Feeders
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  • You could paint the feeders blue & red. This may not keep the black birds away, but it should draw more blue birds & cardinals. Bluebirds are very territorial and if you get enough of them, they might run the black birds off.
  • Use safflower seeds in the feeder, instead of corn or sunflower seeds. Blackbirds and sparrows don't like them, but cardinals do.

After feeding birds for 15 years, I can tell you that there is no successful way to keep the blackbirds away from your feeders. The best you can (which is better than the two ways above) is to invest in the feeders that only allow the small birds to eat. Some have weighted ledges and are designed to keep squirrels out, but also make it difficult for the heavier big birds. And some have a cage like apparatus around the feeder that allows the little birds to enter to the feeder but keep the big birds out. However, even this is only partially successful, because there will still be ground feeders and blackbirds that will come and sit hoping to figure out a way to eat your seed.

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Place bird feeders on your property, but far away from your deck. You can also purchase holographic, crinkly ribbons that move in the wind and scare away birds to place on or near your deck.

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Just scare it away OR you can build another bird feeder This is not an answer. We have several feeders and they fly to all of them and keep all the birds away. Obviously you're not an expert. According to the staff at WBU--stop using black oil sunflower seeds--in fact clean out the feeders to no smell or residue is left. I did this and almost all my cowbirds are gone. They are feeding on what they find that was left on the ground. I had dozens and now it is down to a couple every now and then

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Male Cardinals do not use camouflage. The bright red color is meant to be an aggressive signal to stay away. Female Cardinals have muted colors and they can hide in trees, bushes and underbrush with like colors.

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To Chase Away the Birds was created in 1995.

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birds fly away from you because you scare them. don't you know that?


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