|Chickadees enjoying Mardi Gras|
We have a terrible problem with House Sparrows, known here at Northview as Sassenachs. The come in hordes, eat all the sun flower seeds and drive away native birds like chickadees and gold finches.
I have tried various strategies over the years but nothing has kept them away for long. Then Cornell University ran an article on bird feeder halos.
|Seeds 'n' Beads|
I am not particularly handy at building stuff and the men are busy so I gave some thought to how I could come up with something similar all by my lone self. A search through the hutch revealed a treasure trove of Mardi Gras beads from Miss Alpert's French class (a wonderful lady who left our kids comfortable enough speaking French that Alan was able to give directions to tourists of that nationality down in NYC).
I cut them into strings, fastened them around the feeder with clothespins and haven't seen an English sparrow (that's what they were when we were kids) taking a seed since.
I don't know how long the effect will last, but now that I know the concept I think I can keep baffling them.
Thank you Project Feeder Watch for the solution to a problem that has had me not filling my feeders much this season. What a delight to watch song birds again instead of those devilish Sassenachs.