Our Grackles arrived early this year, around the first of March. My approach is to switch to a caged sunflower feeder for the smaller birds and switch to safflower seed in the big sunflower feeder (which has two screens one for sunflower type seed and the other for safflower type seed). The Cardinals will eat the safflower and a couple of the Grackles will try, but you get ride of most of the Grackles. The thissel does not attract them and they do not seem to like the large hard Woodpecker suit, but will quickly eat regular suit. Also, if you put seed on the ground they will take over. They do not leave our area until mid to late June.
Good Luck Bob Robert Coles digitalnature@xxxxxxxxxxxxx On Apr 3, 2007, at 7:22 PM, heron329@xxxxxxx wrote:
The grackles are smarter than that, they will soon figure out that the optical illusion is just that, and not a threat to them. Don't waste your money. I think the grackles will soon disperse to breed, anyway.Margaret -----Original Message----- From: robin.ruth@xxxxxxxxxxx To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 6:28 PM Subject: [va-richmond-general] Deterring GracklesRAS has received a call from someone who has an overabundance of grackles messing up her porch, etc. She wants to know if there's any way to deter them. Does anyone know of anything I could suggest to her? I was in a green house / garden center yesterday where they had some neat things that blew in the wind producing moving optical illusions. Do you think something like that hung near her porch might help keep grackles away?? You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.