Starlings Attacking Finch Eggs!

by Heather
(Washington)

Good morning,

My husband just witnessed starlings attacking our bird house. There was a pair of house finches that had nested and the starling managed to get the egg out. Any suggestions as to keeping these pesky things away? The mom & dad are just franticly flying around the house.
Our local birdstore sells a long vented tube piece that you can attach to the bird house entrance to keep out larger birds, have you tried this?


Comment
No I haven't tried it, so can't make a recommendation.

However, the entrance hole of your birdhouse is likely too big. It should be no more than 1 and a half inches to 2 inches in size, so that the starlings can't get in a hole that small.

Pictured below is a suitable finch birdhouse.
Susan




Finch Bird House


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Jul 12, 2013
Starlings NEW
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear anyone would hate starlings, or any wild animal that does what it needs to do for its own survival. Starlings are one of the most intellectual birds you will ever meet and when interacting with people they will talk as well as any parrot. Google "talking starling" and you might just decide you want to rescue one as a pet. Wild finches will learn, through trial and error, where it is safe to build their nests and where it is not.

Apr 20, 2012
Starlings attack
by: Anonymous

I have a properly constructed finch/blue bird house and have witnessed the starlings attacking one house with black-capped finches in it and another with downy wood peckers. Personally I hate starlings; they're flying rats that need extermination.

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