How to Get Rid of Grackles
The sweet sound of the birds feeding in your backyard is a pleasant experience for both city dwellers and country folk alike. Like every pleasant neighborhood there can be just one troublemaker that causes chaos and wreaks havoc everywhere they go. In the bird world this would hands down be the common grackle.
Grackles are birds of opportunity that prefer easy meals; however, they can be downright mischievous. Grackles are known to dig up yards, spill bird seed all over, bully other birds out of the area, and take all the good nesting spots. The best defense against these annoying birds starts with how you feed your backyard friends. Open feeding needs to be removed, including platform feeders and seeds that gather beneath the feeders. By eliminating places for grackles to land and making it more difficult for them to get to the seed. Other sources of feed that should be eliminated include bread thrown out on the ground. This not only attracts pesky grackles but other pests and rodents as well.
Increase the predators that eat grackles like hawks. Hawks eat grackles when they are plentiful along with other rodents and pests. Eliminate the nesting locations available to grackles. By trimming trees and bushes and putting netting over them you can prevent grackles from nesting and sticking around. It is possible to place motion sensor lights where grackles congregate to come on and scare them away. Another option is balloons or streamers that scare away the birds.
When setting up a backyard feeding area use tube type feeders and the proper feed that attracts the smaller and more endangered birds. These types of feed include sunflower and safflower and that contains less amounts of corn which grackles love. Get rid of the landing places by going with a feeder that cannot handle the weight of a grackle so they are unable to land there. There are feeding arms that collapse under the weight of larger birds making it impossible for them to enjoy a feast.
In the end it may take a bit of patience to get rid of this noisy and messy neighbor. Looking, though, on the bright side of things grackles can be helpful in the removal of nasty grubs that fill the lawn. They also feed on caterpillars, beetles and other bugs that could destroy your gardens. It is also good to know that they only stay for a few weeks and then are gone.