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Flickers vs. Starlings: How To Help?

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So here's the deal: I have a pair of flickers trying to nest right outside my balcony. This happened last year as well, but starlings managed to steal their nest. This year's couple seems more vigilant, but they've already got starlings eyeing their new home. I was wondering if I could help them out by providing a good food source (and water?) right next door... without also feeding the starlings. Does anyone have thoughts about the best way to do this?

I know flickers love ants, but I don't think anyone would appreciate me farming ants on my balcony. I also considered making a 'log with holes in it' style feeder and maybe raising mealworms to stuff it with...

Any advice would be great. I'd much rather have flickers for neighbours than starlings!

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I can't think of anything the Flickers would want, that wouldn't also be appealing to the Starlings.  Starlings are, in my opinion, the worst birds ever.  I wouldn't let Starlings nest anywhere near my yard, but that's just me.

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They're the most terrible bullies! I'd get rid of them if I could, but unfortunately their nests are somewhere I can see and not reach (I'm in a 3rd floor condo, so nothing outside the balcony belongs to me). The best I can do at the moment is try and shoo them away.

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I've had Starlings kill a nest of Flickers several years ago.  I try to discourage them whenever I get a chance.

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unfortunately not likely to be an option in a condo/apt building type setting.

 

Will Flickers eat mealworms or other larva?

For what its worth I've never had any luck seeing Flickers at my seed or suet feeders.

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i have a pair or two of flickers most years and they do eat the homemade suet and love nuts. but most every thing they do like the  starlings love too. when i get large groups of starlings and they are pests i take down the suet feeders and don't put out any nuts and they leave out to elsewhere. but the flickers come anyway. and feed on seeds and cracked corn and hen scratch. and i do have lots of different kinds of ants and they do eats lots of them. i love to see the Lewis's woodpeckers run off the starlings

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I've heard that safflower seeds (that starlings dislike) are regularly eaten by the flickers, but seeds aren't the most reliable source of food for attracting flickers. Suet cages are the best way to attract flickers but starlings love to eat suet cake and dough. Upside down suet cages are available to buy in some stores which are the easiest way to feed your flickers without the starlings getting any of that suet. Whole, unsalted peanuts are also an option; starlings don't have the bills to crack one open, unlike Northern Flickers which do. For water sources, probably just a normal ol' birdbath would do the trick, not sure if that's an option for a balcony though.

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