There are fewer Grackles and Starlings at the feeders now. The squirrels are ever present. I read that Starlings prefer insects and berries, but if these are hard to find they will turn up at your bird feeder. Their beaks are not designed for cracking hard seed shells, so they go first to the softer suet cakes, peanut pieces and other foods without shells. If those aren't available they will even force themselves to eat hard-shelled seeds.
Recently I saw a mama Starling feeding two of her babies, so she's welcome just like all the others. I am trying to decide when to stop feeding them as I know any wandering bears will be passing through. They were in the area last year, as were the raccoons, and I even saw a fox one night. It sure has been fun but need to think of all this stuff now.
What are your thoughts? If you feed the birds, do you leave your bird seed out all year, or stop in the warmer months, when all their natural food is available?
Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think.
Have a great weekend and Happy Saturday!