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Many thanks, Carol.  I will definitely give that a try.

Jane



marcus5495 wrote:

> 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.
> 
> Carol
> ----- 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 
>> coming.
>>
>> 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?
>>
>> Jane
>> Shoreham
>>
>>>>
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