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How to keep Red-Winged Blackbirds from feeding with other Songbirds and Mourning Doves? Answered

I have a bird feeder that has been taken over by Red-Winged Blackbirds.  How do I keep them separate from another feeder for the Mourning Doves, Dark-Eyed Juncos, and House Finches?  And also, what are Mourning Doves favorite food?



Best Answer 5 years ago

The answers are out there, just do a search.
"Mourning Doves eat almost exclusively seeds, which make up more than 99% of their diet. Rarely, they will eat snails or insects. Mourning Doves generally eat enough to fill their crops and then fly away to digest while resting. They often swallow grit such as fine gravel or sand to assist with digestion. The species usually forages on the ground, walking but not hopping.[13] At bird feeders, Mourning Doves are attracted to one of the largest ranges of seed types of any North American bird, with a preference for canola, corn, millet, safflower, and sunflower seeds. Mourning Doves do not dig or scratch for seeds, instead eating what is readily visible.[7] They will sometimes perch on plants and eat from there.[13]"
As far as I know it is sometimes possible to make feeders that are specific for some types of birds, such as limiting the size of the bird that can access it. Usually the best thing is to have multiple feeders and let the greedy ones wear themselves out trying to protect more than one. Realistically your not going to get them to change their behavior in any way from what they do. The Red-Winged Blackbirds are more aggressive by nature and even go after cats and people. (lots of videos of that) Other than shooting them  ( Caution --- "Never hit or try to harm redwing blackbirds. They are protected by the migratory Bird Treaty Act. If you purposefully harm a redwing blackbird, you can be charged large fees, up to $250,000, and face possible jail time." Read more: How to Stop a Redwing Blackbird Attack | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7394726_stop-redwing-blackbird-attack.html#ixzz2Phty70MO " ) ( I believe that cats are immune from such prosecution and jail time so they can kill at will) there is not going to be much you can do. For the birds it becomes a game of sneaking in when they can and getting away with what they can.
Wear a hat because the Red wing blackbirds will dive bomb you and try to peck your head from above when your not watching. You could put some googly eyes on it so it looks like your watching them.
Basically, don't frustrate yourself and just let the birds sort it out.