Many thanks, Carol. I will definitely give that a try.
> Hi, Jane,
> Yes, it does work -- provided you keep the grackle feeders filled. If
> you neglect to keep them filled, the grackles will -- sensibly --
> immediately migrate to your expensive black oil seed feeders (assuming
> you have not also forgotten to refill them).
> Actually, the grackles (and their cousins the bluejays, who also will
> dine on cracked corn) are so intelligent that they quickly learn that
> landing on the black oil feeders results in loud noises, bad language,
> and slightly indecent gestures from the human resident of the dwelling.
> The cracked corn to buy is the "small" cracked corn. Your grain dealer
> will understand what you need.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "jane" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 7:16 PM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Changing Season - Lots of Grackles
>> Carol, did this work, feeding the grackles their favorite stuff away
>> from the other feeders?
>> I haven't had the numbers it sounds like you've had, but just one nest
>> full of ravenous fledging grackles, one of starlings and one of
>> bluejays emptied multiple feeders daily this summer and left the
>> woodpeckers and nuthatches and grosbeaks with nothing to keep them
>> I only defeated them finally by getting a couple of those upside-down
>> suet feeders that only the woodpeckers and nuthatches can comfortably
>> deal with and using one decorative sunflower seed feeder I happened to
>> have that's so strangely designed that the big guys didn't bother with
>> the contortions necessary to get seeds out of it.
>> Is cracked corn what they like best?