Advice needed - "invasion of the mealworm snatchers"

  • Hi Welsh Lass,

    Had exactly the same problem. I tried the guardian feedrs- be careful, they over-balance small ones and eat the food! Also, agree with others who have said they didn't get other birds either. Suppose just have to persist. Starlings need food too though, so I put a bit out for them. In winter robins, blackbirds, dunnocks and sparrows all ate quite happily from the mess the starlings left!

    Good luck!

    Is it a bird...? Let's hope so!

  • In reply to SteveLev:

    Hi,

    Thanks for that point - it doesn't surprise me that they learn to over balance  feeders. I've watched how clever they are !! Like you I make sure there's lots of food for them and I've grown quite fond of their antics ! I  will be happy if I find  just one feeder that foils them !!

    Jayne

    See my Flickr photos here.

  • In reply to welsh lass:

    Hi welsh lass

    Well as I said I would report back, my cage feeder came yesterday, I couldn't wait to try it out this morning. Took the Starlings ooooh let me see now how long......mmmmm about 5 seconds, in fact I hadn't even made it through the back door when they were in there!!

    I was to say the least nonplussed, they didn't even attempt to make it look really difficult! 

    Should I give up I ask myself  or should I let my obession go into overdrive, there must be something out there that is totally Starling proof! Not sure whether to consign this one with the other two that have failed and make them into hanging baskets or not, I think they would look quite fetching with some trailing lobelia or such like, it seems a shame not to use them at all. LOL!

    Kerry

    Regards

    Kerry

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  • In reply to Kezmo:

    Well I bought one of the expensive ones and it does keep the starlings out. Here's a couple of pics to show the frustrated starling.

    I was a bit worried that the small birds wouldn't go in but I've seen blue tits and at least one robin go in for the meal worms. I'll try and get some pics to prove it.

    TJ

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    Regards,Tony

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Well thank you my fellow community members, I will have a think.  Unfortunately I have to try things out for myself and as it was quite cheap it's true what they say, you get what you pay although the reviews were pretty good I have to say.  I know the reviews on here are good about your particular feeders so I may well give it a bash.

    As for my other redundant feeders, there's always the car boot sale!

    Kerry

    Regards

    Kerry

     http://www.flickr.com/photos/kezmo6310/

  • In reply to Kezmo:

    Dear Kezmo,

    Ohh dear ! I feel for you - they could have given you at  least 5 minutes to bask in victory !! I think I need to go for the gaurdian that Woodpecker and Doggie suggested. Don't give up hope- maybe your obsession could be the start of a lucrative career in designing and manufacturing the perfect starling proof gaurdian ! If  the hanging basket idea fails - use it as a lobster pot maybe? On a serious note - thanks for sharing your experiment - it was really helpful.

    Regards Jayne

    Kezmo said:

    Hi welsh lass

    Well as I said I would report back, my cage feeder came yesterday, I couldn't wait to try it out this morning. Took the Starlings ooooh let me see now how long......mmmmm about 5 seconds, in fact I hadn't even made it through the back door when they were in there!!

    I was to say the least nonplussed, they didn't even attempt to make it look really difficult! 

    Should I give up I ask myself  or should I let my obession go into overdrive, there must be something out there that is totally Starling proof! Not sure whether to consign this one with the other two that have failed and make them into hanging baskets or not, I think they would look quite fetching with some trailing lobelia or such like, it seems a shame not to use them at all. LOL!

    Kerry

     

    See my Flickr photos here.

  • In reply to welsh lass:

    Hi Jayne

    No worries at all glad to have been of help!

     

    If Tern reads this, I  use Haiths at times and have an account with them so it was only a matter of time before I found the feeder and would have done exactly as I have now.

    Kerry

    Regards

    Kerry

     http://www.flickr.com/photos/kezmo6310/

  • Hi Welsh lass

    I feel your pain.  We didnt have any starlings up until month ago.  We had 4 black birds and 3-4 mistle thrushes visiting  numerous times everyday but now the invaision of starlings has arrived thery are visiting far less. I would love to find a way to stop them form visiting but i dont think there is one.  I have also  magpies as well which attack everything. They attacked one of the mistle thrushes and pulled out a tail feather which i was very upset with :-(

    Cheers and good luck

    Rik

     

  • In reply to rik rock:

    Hi,

    I see now why the starlings have been so busy - 3 fledglings  started to come into the garden with its parents- they look so big compared to their parents - you can see the one squawking for food. Sorry if the quality of these pics are not good - I only have a little Kodak share camera so can't get the amazing pics that I see from others on here. Anyway I'll give it a go !!

     

    See my Flickr photos here.

  • In reply to Tern:

    Does the dome shaped feeder from Haiths stop starlings but allow sparrows and robins ?