Strategies to Keep Starlings Off Feeders

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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Hawks & Flocks: Predators at Bird Feeders

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk Eating a House Finch
Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk Eating a House Finch

Sooner or later you will probably see a hawk at your bird feeders. When a hawk hunts at feeders, feeder birds will react. And maybe you will react too! What will birds do? What will you do?

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Solving Squirrel Bird Feeder Problems

Squirrels on Feeder
Squirrels on Feeder

After fighting to keep squirrels out of my bird feeders for years, I now have them set up so that Squirrels Do Not Get Into My Feeders! It takes some time, thought, and yes, some expense, but it is possible to solve your squirrel bird feeder problems. Here is what I’ve learned over the years about how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders.

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