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Hi all - first post here.  I'm in Silver Spring, Maryland, formerly in Takoma Park, and have been feeding birds in both places for over 30 years. It's only been in the past several years that the problem of House Sparrows has become intolerable for me.  They completely dominate my feeders (I have more than 12) to the exclusion of other birds.  The only exception is my upside down thistle feeder (that attracts goldfinches), and they are even learning to deal with that one!   I've tried all sorts of different feeders to no avail.  I use safflower seeds in several feeders (they do repel squirrels)  because I was told that the House Sparrows don't eat safflower, and it simply is not true,  they gobble it up eagerly.  I also have big problems with Starlings, but I can deal with that - just withhold food for a few days and they go away for at least a couple weeks - the House Sparrows stay around no matter how long I withhold food.  I've reached the point where I no longer bother to fill the feeders just to see $50 worth of seed gobbled up in a few days by the House Sparrows.  So I'm looking for any suggestions or ideas  how to deal with them.  Thanks!

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I'm not sure how to get rid of them, but I wish you could send them my way because literally every bird I had this last year has disappeared, and I've nothing left but a few lingering house sparrows :wacko:

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