Who Has a Bird Feeder in Their Yard?

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    Who Has a Bird Feeder in Their Yard?

    Does anyone have one? What's your setup like? What species have you saw? I put up a suet feeder with a high energy cake in it on Monday and just got a normal bird feeder delivered yesterday. I think I'm going to start that one with black oil sunflower seed.

    So far I've had a female Hairy Woodpecker visit the suet feeder and a ton of Starlings ().
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    I keep a bird house hanging in a tree and also set out piles on the ground sometimes. Lots of cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers. I chase the starlings away. Hate those birds!

    The piles on the ground also provide entertainment as I watch to see how bad the birds want the seeds while my cat lays in wait nearby.

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    I put a piece of cake out side and watch all the blue birds eat it.

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    I love the fact that a person is so infatuated with Bluebirds and cake. How something has taken over one persons life is comical and maybe a little concerning. Lol! This seems to be a 24/7/365 thingy for you. I'm worried about the Bluebirds in your yard! It is a beautiful bird though. At least you have that going for you. Love of the Bluebird!

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    I have a suet feeder and a thistle feeder. Been pretty lucky with the Starlings, If they find your block they will nail it in a day. The thistle feeder draws finches for the most part with a few doves hanging below for leftovers. I always have corn out for the deer and some birds will dine on it as well. Whole corn prevents some of the crappy birds from joining in. I've recently bought some safflower. It is supposed to attract red birds and the taste is too bitter for some of the garbage birds. Using cheap mixes of food is mostly filler and gets thrown to the ground as they look for the good stuff. Don't put the feeder on your deck unless you like a lot of bird poop there.

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    I have hummingbird feeders, regular feeder, and thistle. I love getting the hummingbirds and finches. Get a ton of cardinals with just the sunflower seeds in the regular feeder. Also get some blue jays every now and then.

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    I have found humming birds in my garage and held them in my hand before.

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    Hummingbird feeders are only supposed to be used Memorial day to Labor day. I have one hanging in that time frame in front of my kitchen window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Hummingbird feeders are only supposed to be used Memorial day to Labor day. I have one hanging in that time frame in front of my kitchen window.
    No wonder I haven't seen any hummingbirds in a couple of months. Just kidding, my hummingbird feeders are not out now. They are my favorite feeders though, I love watching the hummingbirds. I did get a purple martin bird house for Christmas I can't wait to put out. I also have bat houses around my woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    So far I've had a female Hairy Woodpecker visit the suet feeder and a ton of Starlings ().
    Quote Originally Posted by lawildcat View Post
    I chase the starlings away. Hate those birds!
    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    I have a suet feeder and a thistle feeder. Been pretty lucky with the Starlings, If they find your block they will nail it in a day.
    Get yourself an air-rifle. They're an invasive species from Europe, and so long as you have a hunting license, you can kill them all day every day. No bag limit.

    Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources: Other Hunting Seasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Get yourself an air-rifle. They're an invasive species from Europe, and so long as you have a hunting license, you can kill them all day every day. No bag limit.

    Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources: Other Hunting Seasons

    Do you really think Mr. Cat is going to let me shoot birds with an air rifle?! Come on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Get yourself an air-rifle. They're an invasive species from Europe, and so long as you have a hunting license, you can kill them all day every day. No bag limit.

    Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources: Other Hunting Seasons
    If I shoot the starlings will it scare away any other birds?


    I realize that could be a really dumb question.

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    We had to get rid of ours because of the deer. I stood one day and watched a deer knock the bird feeder around to get the seed on the ground and ate it all. We had a few that hang on shepherds hooks and a few that hung low from tree branches (on these, deer would stand on their hind legs and knock the feeder around to get at the seed as well). They would just destroy the feeders. You would think my wife's flowers would be enough, no they wanted the bird seed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    If I shoot the starlings will it scare away any other birds?


    I realize that could be a really dumb question.
    Might spook them for a couple hours...maybe a day at most. So long as you're collecting carcasses in a prompt manner it shouldn't be much of a problem. I've killed a dozen or so deer on the same deer trail, and more than once it's been in the presence of other deer...but they keep coming back.

    Plus in your situation, you've got food there to "bait" the other birds into coming back again. PLUS starlings are big bullies (as are bluejays, which you most definitely aren't allowed to shoot)...when starlings are around in numbers more than one or two, I'd be surprised to see many birds of other species around in the first place.

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    Neighbor has multiple ones. As a result, my fence is covered in bird along with my deck and the kids' swingset. I'm also constantly removing nests from my grill.

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