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Feeder Friday: Grackles, Again?

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Happy Friday!

If you haven’t noticed, Feeder Friday has turned into a Grackle Friday — it was slightly intentional. There’s a reason, and a solution, for it.

Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) can overrun a well stocked feeder and nab all the attention from other visitors.

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European Starlings in non-breeding plumage. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

In fact, these birds can gather in massive flocks along with other blackbirds, including European Starlings, making them the primary visitor at a backyard feeder.

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A Flock of European Starlings. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

While some backyard birders don’t mind a flock of blackbirds at their feeders, others might. The best way to discourage blackbirds at a backyard feeder is to remove the food source for a couple of days. The birds will be fine without the supplemental food source.

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Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Removing the food source works in the same way that removing (and cleaning) feeders after visits from a House Finch with pink-eye (more about that here) discourages feeder visits.

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