Migration of Nusiance Birds
Hello U. Of Md. Extension The annual nusiance has arrived with the appearance of the starlings and grackels. As you well know they take over the bird feeder making it impossible for the "regular"customers to eat . Can you provide information when the starlings and grackels will migate and move on. Additionally can you recommend anything that might repel squirrels. They've taken to jumping onto the birdfeeder.I've tried a commercial squirrel repellant and it does not phase them. I'd love to have a barrier around the yard that would repel them.
Thanking you in advance for any information you may provide.
Baltimore County Maryland
This page from Cornell gives some tips for dealing with rude feeder guests:
For your squirrels, have you tried putting cayenne pepper on the seed? There are supposed "squirrel proof" feeders on the market that work by excluding larger birds etc. with wire mesh, or others that close up with the weight of a squirrel on the ledge. Much more information, including articles can be found at Cornell as well. See here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/top-9-squirrel-intervention-suggestions/
Hello UME Home and Garden Center
Thank you very much for the wealth of information you provided. Do you have any specific information regarding their migration ? What is their typical arrival and departure time here in Towson Maryland 21286.
Thanking you in advance for any additional information you may provide.
We don't unfortunately. We suggest trying local birding groups or specialty bird supply stores.