A post titled For the Birds a couple of days ago showed a variety of birds at our feeders – cardinals, blue jays, juncos, finches – colorful and enjoyable to watch.
Not so today when a horde of starlings, grackles, cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds descended on the feeders.
The timing of this visit might be connected to the cold snap on the VA eastern shore Overnight temperatures were in the mid-20s. Then, a light snowfall came in today by mid-morning. It covered already frozen fields forcing these unwelcome visitors to find other food sources in backyard feeders like ours.
This unruly group attacked the tube feeder and the flat feeders hanging on the crepe myrtle tree. One hung on the thistle sack.
Meanwhile, another gang attacked feeders on the double hook pole.
Now, it’s time to put more safflower seed out to discourage these intruders.