Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:39 PM
Ya know, when I started feeding birds, I also disliked certain birds, and tried endlessly to discourage them. The "undesirables" included grackles, house sparrows, mourning doves, any kind of blackbird, and of course the squirrels. But, in the last year I've had a change of heart, and now have an "all welcome" attitude. It takes away too much enjoyment to constantly worry about that, and I also have found the positives in each bird. Thats a topic for another discussion, so I'll stick to the grackles. I welcomed them this past spring, and to keep them from bothering the other birds, I just give them their food away from the rest. I find that grackles prefer cracked corn and millet, so I serve those up in a couple of tray feeders, giving the sunflower eaters peace in their area. Also, that positive thing i found with them....they eat june bugs and grubs, which I've had a problem with in the past, and to my surprise, this year, I had NONE. I watched those grackles forage through the lawn, and I assume they took care of those pesky june bugs for me. Before I knew it, they were gone. Granted, I live in Wisconsin, so they are spring and early summer visitors only, and are part of the light at the end of the tunnel.....the tunnel that is the LONG LONG winter.