The Bully of the Bird Feeders or When Mockingbirds Ruin Your Bird Feeder Plans
Mockingbirds are notoriously territorial, and they will take over bird feeders and excursion timid birds away. When other territorial birds, or bullies, take over a feeder, you can usually discourage them by changing your satisfy. Mockingbirds, you will read, prefer foods like worms, suet, berries, and insects. But if you’re handing out free seed, they will crash your bird feeder party every time. Not only do they try to excursion out other birds, but also will take on dogs, cats, and, sometimes, dive-bomb a human to let him know who is boss of the feeder. It can be very, very difficult to get rid of a mockingbird once he has made himself comfortable. Your bird feeder plans may be thrown off track by these bully birds.
If you can’t beat them, join them – or at the minimum let them stay in your yard. Mockingbirds aren’t all bad, of course; they are following their natural inclination to assert themselves. They can help keep pests out of your yard, and learning to recognize their calls is something any bird lover will enjoy. But maybe the most shared reason why people let mockingbirds stay in their yard is because they don’t have much choice! Mockingbirds will stay as long as they get food, already if it is food that they may not prefer if given a choice.
Some people try to post plastic or wood owl or hawk silhouettes to discourage the bird from returning, but this is unreliable, and often, the mockingbird will catch on that these “predators” present no threat. Another rather time-consuming, not to mention ridiculous, idea is to fill a Super Soaker with soapy water and shoot the mockingbird each time it enters your yard or goes near the feeder.
You don’t want to stop putting out satisfy or seed because you do want to encourage other birds to visit your yard. How do you get around the meaningful obstacle that the mockingbird presents? Try drawing up another set of bird feeder plans and building your feeder in another identify of your yard. If at all possible, make sure to put a natural or artificial obstacle in between this feeder and the one your mockingbird has claimed. A lawn hedge or a fence will work; you could also put the other feeder on the other side of your home or building. The other birds will start to come to this feeder, while the mockingbird is left to rule over his.