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hi im new ive just started to feed the birds in my garden i have starlings, blue tits,sparrows and a pigeon, i do have different feeders but im gettin swamped with starlings now how do i get rid of them? i have been told they will go once their babies have fled the nest is this true



  • XX Posts: 707

    My garden is the same Kathy, it's full of young fledged starlings looking for easy food. I let them get on with it as the adults don't seem to be around all year, they appear in spring and seems once babies have fledged they do disappear.  The young ones hang around for a while and get very quarrelsome!

  • kathy45kathy45 Posts: 4

    Thankyou for your advice I will leave them they are young ones and rather noisy and quarrlesome they may disapear

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You'll be lucky.  They are opportunists.  If you feed them, they'll stay.

  • LulubellaLulubella Posts: 16

    I love my birds - costs me a fortune to support  them.  I do not mind the robins, the crows, jackdaws, magpies, black birds et all - but I dread it when the starlings come round - such messy eaters and such bully boys - an elderly acquaintance used to call them "shovellers" as they seem to shovel as much into their beaks as they can  and even so much that they drop it as they fly away.  They do seem, however, to diminish as the year goes on and just come back at baby feeding time or in a very harsh winter.

  • Starling numbers are dropping tooimage

  • kathy45kathy45 Posts: 4

    well ive had to remove  feeder you can lower it so larger birds cant get to it but the starlings managed to get there heads in and take the meal worms and i had loads im goin to put sunflower seeds in and see if that keeps them away does any one know what starlings wont bother with i do have a wooden nut feeder and there noth bothering with it just the cocunuts and the suet feeder

  • LulubellaLulubella Posts: 16

    It seems to me that they eat everything Iput out whether it be left over meat potatoes, pastry, suet pellets, seeds etc

  • Emma915Emma915 Posts: 95

    I'm not quite sure if it is acceptable to jump on this thread but here goes...

    Today I've been a little under the weather and after the rush of the Christmas and New Year holidays I have taken camp in my bedroom with laptop and camera.  Using the audio facilities and bird descriptions on the RSPB website and zooming in on pictures taken on the camera, I have found that we have the obvious and regular blue tits, great tits, wrens, blackbirds, sparrows, robins, thrush etc but I also have a visiting bullfinch (2nd or 3rd visit to garden in last month or so), chaffinches, goldfinches and I think I've seen a goldcrest.  My partner does not have the same excitement as I do so I thought I would find somewhere online to share my findings instead.  What a delightful day to forget the pains and aches of my throat/head etc.  I have nyger seeds on order which I am definitely going to place somewhere in the garden but am also thinking of getting some other seeds (sunflower hearts or something) to further attract the bullfinch.  

    This year I left a lot of the rose hips, seed heads, dead plants in situ after they have passed.  I've also created the odd pile of sticks etc around the back of the garden and I wonder if these have all contributed.  

    Now that I've aired my thoughts I'm off the get the lemon and honey image

    Thanks for reading in advance

    Hope you've all had a lovely start to 2015



    P.s. I'm super exciting at the bullfinch!!  Yikes!!  


  • Emma915Emma915 Posts: 95

    Just realised my starting sentence of second paragraph might have sounded a little inappropriate - so so sorry

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,948

    Oh no Emma, there is a lot of under the weatherness at the moment.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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