Grackles and Starlings/Larger Birds
To make your backyard bird feeding more bird selective—meaning, not as appealing to certain birds like Common Grackles and European Starlings try the following:
Nyjer® feeders will attract smaller birds like American Goldfinches, House Finches and Black-capped Chickadees, but the small openings prevent larger birds from feeding.
An upside-down suet feeder makes it difficult for crows, grackles and starlings to reach the suet. They are not as good at clinging to feeders as woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches. A caged suet feeder is another good option to keep these larger birds out and deter gray squirrels from eating the suet.
Using Golden Safflower or White Safflower instead of a Black-oil sunflower seed mix helps to deter squirrels, Grackles, Starlings, some Red-winged Blackbirds. Bye-Bye Starling allows you to serve a black-oil sunflower mix without attracting atarlings. There is no seed out of the shell and no peanuts and starlings have a harder time cracking open the hard-shelled seeds. Adding a 19” wire cage around your 15” tube feeders will keep out gray squirrels, grackles and starlings. The downside is cardinals prefer not to enter the cage to feed.