Ok, I love to feed the birds and usually do so year-round. But lately, with the warmer weather, our neighborhood has been inundated by waves of nasty black grackles. As I sit here and look out the window, there are scores of them perched on my feeders. I absolutely hate these trash birds... right along with starlings and cowbirds. I have downy woodpeckers, cardinals, finches, titmice, and chickadees that aren't able to feed at my feeders because the bullies won't go away.
Does anyone have any suggestions at all on deterring these varmints. Unfortunately they're protected by federal law under some migration treaty. I really don't want to spend a small fortune on safflower seed (which they don't like) especially because I have a number of feeders. I'm planning on just waiting until the feeders are empty and not refilling, hoping they will go elsewhere. However, I've done that once already and it didn't work. I guess I'm just really frustrated and I can't get rid of the nasty, ugly, wastes of feather and flesh. Here we are having a whopper spring snow storm and the only birds getting any good out of my feeders are the lepers of the avian world. If I offend anyone because you have an affinity for grackles, I appologize, but really.... grackles?