Maryland Backyard Birds

Northern Cardinal

What birds can you expect to see in a Maryland backyard? While every property is different with its own mix of birds, many are pretty typical. These are the Maryland backyard birds commonly seen in our central Maryland yard.

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Keep Grackles & Starlings Off Pole-Mounted Upside-Down Suet Feeders

Grackle on baffled Shepherd's hook feeder pole where upside-down suet feeder is hung
Clever Grackle Uses Baffle to Get to Suet Feeder

Are grackles and starlings using the baffle to get to your pole-mounted upside-down suet feeders? I have two tricks to keep these nuisance birds from using the baffle as a staging spot to get to suet hung on poles!

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Erva’s Bluebird Feeder & Dried Mealworms

Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Erva Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Mealworm Feeder

Sometimes a feeder works great right out of the box. But sometimes you need to make adjustments. I use Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens. I like this bluebird feeder very much, but I think it is designed for live mealworms rather than dried. You might not think that would make a difference but it does. I needed to make a change to use Erva’s mealworm feeder with dried mealworms. (Don’t worry, it’s easy.)

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