🐦 Wild Bird Watchers Bulletin: July 2020 Edition
To conquer these backyard bullies, using a caged feeder is the answer. If you already have a Tube Feeder, these cages easily fit over most types so you can continue to use your existing feeder. You can also purchase this item as a unit where it all comes together and includes a weather dome too. This cage system only allows small birds to access the feeder so all large size birds are deterred.
Say goodbye to grackles and hello to beautiful songbirds!
You might see grackles hunched on the ground with their wings spread out on occasion looking as though they may be injured. They are most likely letting ants crawl all over their body. This is referred to as ‘anting’ and grackles are just one of many species who participate in this activity. Ants secrete formic acid, the chemical found in their stings. It is believed this acid rids the birds of mites or parasites. They are also renowned for popping the flowers off of marigold plants and rubbing them all over their body to also assist in parasite control.