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Nov 22 15 4:21 PM

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Help. My feeders are being mobbed by house sparrows and crows. I live in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. I maintain an undeveloped area owned by the city but zoned hillside. picture attached. I put out black oil sunflower, thistle and suet. This year the mobbing started in ernest. It's killing my budget. I've already spent over $200 since October at the local Agway farm store. I know I'm not the only one dealing with this. Any suggestions? Would laying out some cheap feed like millet & cracked corn reduce the sunflower & thistle usage? Appreciate any and all thoughts. Thank you.image

Steve wooded hillside, above Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Nov 23 15 1:59 AM

Hi Steve............Your sunflower seeds and suet would be attractive to crows and house sparrows. 
You might want to try safflower seed.  Crows would be attracted to cracked corn and HOSP to millet.

The Thistle is so light it may be blowing out of the feeder to empty it, we have had high winds lately.
Suet may last longer if you put it in an upside down feeder, HOSP do not enjoy eating upside down but Woodpeckers don't mind it at all.


2 Sunflower Hearts Auto Feeders,  1 Shelled Peanut Feeder,  2 Sunflower/ woodpecker Mix Platform Feeders,  4 Hanging Bell Seed Feeders,  1 Hanging "bell type" Roasted Mealworm Feeder,  1 unshelled Peanut Platform Feeder,  2 Mixed Bird Seed feeders,  2 Thistle Feeders,  2 Ground Feeders with Corn and a Critter Seed Block,  2 Corn Cob Feeders,  1 Brush Pile
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Nov 23 15 10:43 AM

Hi Steve, glad I'm still getting emails about new posts! And happy that luv2birds still does too. She has offered good advice. I have found that thistle socks hold the seed better in wind. I live in a very windy place. Please consider moving to our "newer" forum.

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Best of luck.

Lue, in the high desert mountains of Calamity Creek (a bit south of Alpine), TX
 Thistle socks (3), sunflower seed tube feeder, 1 ground feed area, 2 suet cages and brush pile in winter. Spring, summer and fall there are 3 hummer feeders and the brush pile.

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