Sparrow Discord 'round Th' Birdfeeder
Sparrow discord: Two weeks after installing/situating a decorative and practical mini-aviary (feeders, birdbath, hanging plants, bird-friendly landscape, etc.) as the primary focus of our enclosed porch, ...we began to have a beautiful coming of every local species of birds...including many hummingbirds. From early morning to night, there were always opportunities to get more familiar with the regulars, ...my favorites being the spectacular cardinals and blue jays, and the red winged blackbirds & tufted titmouse...which all seemed to interact peaceably. That was mid spring. Then the starlings began to show-up more often and blue jays would scuffle with them, seeming to be chasing them off. Then eventually the blue jays stopped coming, to my chagrin because they were the most interesting both visually and with their tones...& habits. Then the sparrows began to come in groups and the cardinals and starlings and a pair of mourning doves seemed to share the ground level seeds comfortably, ...while the sparrows took turns hording the feeder level seeds...sloppily tossing-out more seeds than they ate, which worked-out okay for the ground foragers. NOW we are only being visited by THOSE sparrows, which I am fine with...but would like to have the whole spectrum of birds return. Such a beautiful daily routine of avian sites & song appear to have become sullied by a group of 8 or 10 sparrows...whoÂve completely taken over; ...at least it looks that way.
I have stopped refilling to the feeder in hopes of starting the cycle over again from the beginning in a couple weeks. Does anyone have any advice or a shared experience? TIA.