My DIY Anti House Sparrow Halo

Wired Bird Feeder to Deter House Sparrows
Wired Bird Feeder to Deter House Sparrows

This past winter brought a small flock of House Sparrows to my yard. This spring brought a little group of Eastern Bluebirds. House Sparrows compete with bluebirds for nest cavities. They kill bluebirds (eggs, nestlings and adults) in the nest and then build their own nest on top of them. So these non-native sparrows need to go. 

You can find all my attempts to get these sparrows to move on in my “Deterring House Sparrows” post. But read on if you’d like more information on one my experiments: a DIY anti-sparrow bird feeder halo. This halo was inspired by the “Magic Halo” that folks at the University of Nebraska devised. If you poke around online, you’ll find lots of people have made their own versions of this device. This is how I made mine.

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Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Seed Tube Feeder Review

American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower in Woodlink Feeder
American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower in Woodlink Feeder

When larger nuisance birds dominate bird feeders, adding a cage feeder can let smaller birds eat. My newest feeder is a Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Seed Tube Feeder in their Coppertop Tube Feeder Series. I like this feeder very much.

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Grackles vs Nuttery Globe Feeder (Review)

The Nuttery Globe Seed Feeder
The Nuttery Globe Seed Feeder

When Common Grackles camped out on my feeders in the spring, I got a Nuttery Globe Feeder to give smaller birds a chance to eat. Cage feeders like this one are sometimes the only way to keep aggressive nuisance birds from dominating feeders.

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