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    KScarlettMom
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    I have a beautiful pair of mockingbirds that I have been feeding shelled sunflowers.  They wait in the morning for me to put the seed out (I usually just spread it on the deck railing).  The problem is, the starlings come also and are eating me out of house and home.  I can figure no way to provide seed for the mockingbirds that would keep starlings away.  Any feeder the mockingbirds can perch on, so can the starlings.

    Anyone have any advice on how to feed the mockingbirds.  Perhaps there is something I could feed them that the starlings won’t eat?  I just love these mockingbirds!


    Jan
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    CatsBirds
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    Try putting food out for the starlings on the other side of the house… even old bread or popcorn… that way they will eat it and you can feed the mockingbirds… try it.


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    steve232__nc
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    Jan I’m just happy to find someone else that likes mockingbirds besides me. Most people consider them to be too aggressive. Hope you can find a way to keep the starlings away but they eat pretty much anything.


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    KScarlettMom
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    Thanks, Sharon….unfortunately, I’ve tried that, they just eat both places.  I try to think of the way starlings do their murmuration thing and how beautiful that is…like a ballet in the sky….to help me not begrudge how much they eat!

    Steve, I think mockingbirds are so beautiful…sort of stately looking.  And there are more of us!  I discovered a neighbor who lives about a mile away has a pair that always nest in her yard and she loves them, too!

     

     

     


    Jan
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    narnian
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    You could try feeding starlings food they like better in the other feeder (bread crumbs, suet, etc,) and feeding chopped fruit…apples, raisins that have been soaked in water, etc. where you normally feed the mockingbirds and perhaps they will have a chance.

     

    PSSST: Steve, I like mockingbirds,too….It’s just that they do not live in the Northern part of out state (at least I have never seen any) but we had them in Southern Indiana where I grew up.

    Linda Z

     


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    Brian J
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    I don’t mind having them, we have a pair that have nested in our yard for the last few years, the only thing I cant stand is when they trick me into thinking there is a bird outside I’m not used to hearing!!! LOL I run out and its them………… sorry I cant help with the feeding, I find that the Starlings don’t like people as much as the Mocking birds do, maybe step outside more often and scare them off. Good luck.


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    KScarlettMom
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    Linda, someone at the bird store told me to try the apple and raisin trick, which I will do today!

    Thanks.


    Jan
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    steve232__nc
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    Another thing good about mockingbirds is they eat a lot of insects, like the one below taking a juicy insect to its babies in the tree below it. Also in the summer when I’m mowing its not unusual to see a mockingbird flying down behind the mower to get insects I have stirred up.



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    Jan, try offering black oil sunflower seed in the shell. I don’t have mockingbirds, so I am clueless if Mockers will crack seed open. I DO KNOW THAT STARLINGS CAN’T!

     

    Black oilers are what I mostly feed all the birds (most of the time). All desirable birds will feed on them, while starlings can’t crack them open. A starling’s bill doesn’t have the strength to do so. Its bill is designed to spread open grassy areas to look for soft shelled seeds and bugs. It isn’t designed to crack open hard shelled seeds.

     

    Hope this helps you and other onlookers.

     

    Ron

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    WayesHomeAccessory
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    Hello Jan!
    Try putting the feed for the mocking birds in a bird feeder in a separate area of your yard. That way the starlings will continue to feed on your deck railing as usual and the mockingbirds will have their own feeding area (The bird feeder)


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    Posynut_NY_zone4
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    I use BOSS a lot mainly because the starlings can’t eat them.  Anything else they can.  I open and close a door or clap hands and the starlings leave as do the grackles.  I remember you before telling about the starlings not being able to eat the BOSS  some years ago.  All other birds like the black oil seed no matter their size.  The starlings get into the suet feeders, too.


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    WayesHomeAccessory
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    Also another clever idea may be to put your new bird feeder for the mockingbirds near a fountain or perhaps near a brightly colored windchime since birds tend to have natural attraction to bright colors and the sound of running or dripping water:)

    http://wayeshomeaccessories.weebly.com/bird-feeders-and-bird-houses.html


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    Junior Barnes
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    I love mockingbirds, but haven’t had any for two years now. For the first time I do have a brown thrasher this year, though.

    I don’t have any suggestions, either. Sorry.


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