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Goldfinches Dropping Sunflower Seed on Ground

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Nancie

American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower Seed
American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower Seed

American Goldfinches have been dropping a LOT of sunflower seed on the ground under my feeders. While some dropped seed gets eaten, some goes to waste. And sunflower hearts turn to mush on wet ground, making them an expensive mess. As always, it helps to first watch just what is happening at your feeders and then decide what to do.

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Strategies to Keep Starlings Off Feeders

Last Updated on January 31, 2021 by Nancie

European Starling on Seed Feeder
European Starling on Seed Feeder

Keeping aggressive starlings out of bird feeders can be a challenge. Starlings will go after suet, seed and mealworms with a persistence that is both pretty awe inspiring and very frustrating. Over the years, I’ve honed strategies to keep starlings from taking over the feeders in my yard.

Note: This post is an overview of how I manage starlings at my feeders. You will find links to more in-depth discussions of each strategy and/or feeder reviews throughout the post.

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How to Feed Ground-Feeding Birds in the Snow

Last Updated on January 31, 2021 by Nancie

Feeding White-Throated Sparrow & Dark-Eyed Juncos seed under a patio umbrella in the snow
White-Throated Sparrow & Dark-Eyed Juncos in the Snow Under a Patio Umbrella

How do you feed ground-feeding birds like sparrows in heavy snow? If you toss some seed on the ground as usual, it might be snow-covered within minutes. Birds won’t be able to see it and so might find it challenging to eat. The solution? Provide some cover!

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