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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Plagued By Starlings

This is nothing. They are all over the yard.
 
We are being plagued by starlings.  They are noisy and even though I know they are bug eaters, they also eat seeds and fruit, when given the opportunity.  Mostly they are ungodly noisy, and I can't hear the usual sweet voiced song birds that are around here.  I usually like birds and appreciate having them around, but I hates starlings.

Anyone have any ideas how to get rid of them?

7 comments:

BilboWaggins said...

Starling numbers have dropped so much in England over recent years they are now on the "Amber List", perhaps you need a cat to scare them off?

Miriam said...

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but last fall we were invaded in an Alfred-Hitchcock-like way by a whole lot of Varied Thrushes, and what seemed to work was Kim flying out the door, cawing like a crow and waving her arms... But you have neighbours who can probably see and hear you, so you may want to rethink that strategy.

Paula said...

Thanks, Miriam, the neighbors can indeed see and here me. I can actually scare them off just by opening the sliding glass door, but they always come back and I can't hang around the back door all day.

As for you, BilboWaggins, we have cats in the neighborhood, but all they do is pee on my house, so I've installed a couple of cat scares in strategic places outside the two gates to keep them from marking my house (which I can smell from inside). Generally, I like cats, but not those two. They don't keep the raccoons out of the yard either.

No ladies- I think I'm going to have to try some sort of scarecrow- er, scarestarling that maybe moves in the slightest wind. Any other suggestions will be taken under advice. I just hope they're (the birds, of course) migratory and not here to stay....

sissyjane said...

I know you recently lost your dog, but maybe you could find room in your heart for another? I don't think my Goldens would put up with all those birds...

We had a plum tree decimated by a flock of Blue Jays two years ago- in a couple of mornings. Gone- no plums- none. It was on the unfenced side of our property, so I couldn't let the dogs out there.

Toni aka irishlas said...

Clap and shush, clap and shush, clap and shush. Or I'll lend you one of my shelties. They do a fine job. Don't go barking yourself - it doesn't work and it makes you look a little crazy. I know. I've tried :-)

Chris said...

Hi Paula,
Me here, Chris in Gig Harbor, Wash. organic flower farmer extraordinaire....just kidding...well about the extraordinare part! I know starlings are really annoying and just pesty or is that pesky? When you see a flock of them on your lawn, they most likely are snarfing down crane fly larvae...at least that's what I've read about them, so I guess they are a necessary evil...like alot of people I know! :)

Paula said...

Chris- I think you mean pesky, but they are pests as well.

The good news is that they seem to have moved on!

Now if only the rain will...