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Video Transcript: Say No to Blackbirds

(Description: As the video begins, the Wild Birds Unlimited jingle plays and the company logo fades in on the screen. The video title is displayed, “How to Say No to Blackbirds.” A male naturalist from Wild Birds Unlimited is shown demonstrating various bird feeding products.)

[Speaker] Backyard bird feeding sure is a fun hobby. But there are times it can get a little frustrating, like when our friends the black birds show up to take advantage of our generosity. Black birds like red-winged blackbirds, grackles and starlings can be a real frustration at your backyard feeder and can eat you out of house and home.

But the bird feeding specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited have some solutions for you. First of all, the best way to take your existing feeders and keep the black birds away is with our On Guard Cages. They’re fantastic, let the small birds in and out but the larger black birds are not able to get through. We have our Dinner Bell Feeder which has an adjustable dome that you can lower down to the level that again allows your small birds to come up and in and feed on the food inside while eliminating starlings, grackles and red-winged blackbirds.

And kind of the Cadillac of all feeders, our Eliminator. This is a weight sensitive feeder so you can dial the weight right down so that the heavier black birds when they land on the perch ring are actually denied food because the port is now covered. Or if you want to even go a little further, you can take the perch ring totally off – actually take the perches off – so it becomes a clinger only feeder. So your chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and woodpeckers can still feed, but the black birds cannot.

And one of my favorite things to do is to feed the woodpeckers. The woodpeckers’ favorite is suet and we have our Upside Down Suet Feeder in which the suet is on the bottom. Exposure to the suet is on the bottom of the feeder. Woodpeckers could come in very easily and attach themselves to the bottom and feed away, but the black birds have a very, very hard time. Starlings – they kind of can do this, but if you use just straight suet without any peanut flavoring or any other nuts and and fruit flavors – just straight suet – they’re not big fans of. But the woodpeckers will love it.

So there are some solutions for you in regards to keeping those pesky black birds away from your feeders.

(Description: As the video closes, the Wild Birds Unlimited logo appears on the screen and the music fades.)