Feeding Blackbirds

I don’t want to feed all the starlings because they arrive in such a big swarm and completely take over everything.

Yet I do want to feed the blackbirds, so I will have to keep putting out the cheese and food mix.

I get seven or eight blackbirds visiting my garden for bird food most days.  Plus I get a lot of other birds as well that flit on and off the bird table.

I mention the blackbirds because they hop about the grass and seem to stay a while so I notice them more.  I managed to get this photo a while ago of a blackbird as it was resting in the hedge after having a meal at my Garden Bird Cafe

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It is sometimes difficult for me to feed the blackbirds.  I can put food inside a meshed feeder.  This keeps out the larger starlings and pigeons and means the smaller birds can get to this food.

The problem is blackbirds and thrushes cannot get to the food inside the meshed feeder .  I have to put bird food out on the bird table or ground feeders so the blackbirds and thrushes can get to it, but it means the larger birds can get to it as well.  Starlings, rooks and pigeons are a nuisance at the moment. 

I have started putting bird food near to the front door as the blackbirds and thrushes will come close to the house, but the other birds don’t seem to.

Sometimes in winter I had to put the bird food out early , when it was barely light.  The blackbirds came to this food and ate it before the starlings and pigeons and rooks came.  Trouble is that now it is summer I just cannot get up that early!

so feeding blackbirds can some times be tricky, but it’s worth it as they become more used to me and often hop around one side of the bush when I am putting bird food out on the other side!

Have a good day.

3 thoughts on “Feeding Blackbirds

  1. supergran

    I have a blackbird that perches on the upper bird table and eats the suet cake with insects or mealworms in it. Is it unusual for a blackbird to do this. I am intrigued by this behaviour as I thought they are ground feeders only>

  2. supergran

    I have a blackbird that perches on the upper bird table and eats the suet cake with insects or mealworms in it. Is it unusual for a blackbird to do this. I am intrigued by this behaviour as I thought they are ground feeders only. I am new to this site.

  3. fiona bruce

    i have 4 blackbirds in my garden , one is so friendly he knocks on the kitchen window to get my attention, he has even been in the house a few times for a nosey …..he and the others love sultanas , the others r not so chummie he will eat out my hand , but i have special places i put food down so the other birds dont take it , i do feed them all aswell …its such pleasure to have this all on my own doorstep ….

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