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And here's one for delmoko: the European Starling. As you may have guessed, this bird is not native to America. About 100 starlings were released in the 1890's into New York City by Shakespeare enthusiasts who wished America would have all the birds ever mentioned in his writings. The birds quickly colonized the continent and now number over 200,000,000. There now may be more starlings in the New World than in the starling's native range in the Old World. What these Shakespeare geeks did not know is that this bird would become among the largest ecological disasters in our country. These birds attack and compete with other birds for nesting spaces, including bluebirds, tree swallows, martins, woodpeckers and even much larger species such as wood ducks and screech-owls. They may kill the helpless nestlings of other birds and take over the nest for their own clutch. At the bird feeder they prove gluttonous and will descend in large flocks (I had 60+ until I figured out a solution, read on), devouring a few day's worth of seed in an hour and leaving shit everywhere as their tip. They also cause about $1,000,000,000 worth of agricultural damage annually. As such, this species is NOT protected by The Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The destruction of eggs, nests, and birds themselves are all permitted. Swipe left to view the bird in various plumages (in the order of summer, transitional, and winter). The last photo shows my solution to feeding the good birds and not the starlings. Starlings eat almost anything, but HOW it is served makes all the difference. A- tray feeder: Only offer foods that the starlings do not like (such as safflower) and foods in shells, such as sunflower and whole peanuts). Starlings don't crack open shells as effectively as other birds. B- adjustable domed feeder: can lower the height so smaller sparrows, chickadees, titmice, etc can enter, but not starlings. C- nyjer feeder: starlings do not eat nyjer (aka niger or thistle). D- Tube feeder: Offer safflower, which starlings do not like OR sunflower seeds in shells. Do not offer sunflower chips or hearts. E- Suet sandwich feeder: Starlings cannot access the suet within!

12 1 Jan 23, 2018

Zach Riley ( Army Ranger ) and friend Josh Kellough with Gunner had a great hunt the other day on the Ohio river. They got 2 redheads, 1 canvasback, 1 bluebill, 2 common. Mergansers and 2 mallards! Great job guys ! #armedforcesoutdoors #ohio #ohiohunting #wildohio #lovetheoutdoors #ohioriver #waterfowl #duckhunting #remington870 #birddog #dog #huntingdog #army #armyrangers #ohioduckhunting #livetohunt #mallard #bluebill #birddown

31 1 Jan 23, 2018

just look at that Ohio sunset. #stayout #woods #wildohio #gooutside #sunset #huntingbuddy

8 0 Jan 23, 2018

Coyote using a frozen Lake Erie last week. When the lake freezes it’s much easier to travel on the ice rather than deep snow #wildlifephotography #wildohio #lakeerie #coyote #cleveland

514 0 Jan 22, 2018

My son and I got out to petros park today since the rain isn't supposed to come till this afternoon. High of 57° ---second heat wave for ohio this year. As soon as I stepped foot out of my car I seen 3 sets of eyes staring back at me. These lovely ladies let me get about 50 ft from them till they ran off. Then when we came back from our hike, they were there again😉🌳😉🌳😉 #starkparks #hikingadventures #hikingtrailsofinstagram #deer #wildlife #naturephotography #nature #animalfriends #petrospark #ohio #ohioadventures #wildohio #your_wild_ohio

16 0 Jan 22, 2018

The thaw #munsontownship #geaugacounty

41 8 Jan 22, 2018

Many people dislike Common Grackles, claiming that these voracious eaters bully lesser birds at the birdfeeder. Although I'll agree they do have healthy appetites, my observation has been that they mind their own business at the feeders if you offer their preferred foods away from those of smaller birds your worries will be lessened substantially. These native birds also bring a rainbow of colors to the yard, and their repertoire of odd squeaks, whistles and croaks only adds to their allure. #grackle #commongrackle #birdphotography #backyardbirds #birdfeeder #birdfeeding #feedingbirds #birds_of_instagram #your_best_birds #birdsofinstagram #canon #canonsee #canonusa #canonequipment #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildohio #outdoors #nature #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturalhistory #bioblitz #biodiversity #ohiobiodiversity #planetearth #clevelanddotcom #suet

33 9 Jan 22, 2018

In the winter #northernsawwhetowls are common visitors to #mageemarsh & others areas around Lake Erie. They’re just barely bigger than a soda can & like to sleep in pines during the day. This one woke up for a few seconds to check out a dog walking nearby, but didn’t pay any attention to the people. #northernsawwhetowl #sawwhetowl #owls #owl #winterwildlife #nature #naturephotos #beautyofnature #ohio #naturalohio #ohionature #wildohio #birds #birdsofinstagram #picoftheday

20 0 Jan 21, 2018

Will a buck use its rub to shed antlers or do they usually just fall off naturally? #novice #deerrub #ohiowhitetail #wildohio #odnr

17 1 Jan 21, 2018
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