A guest post by WBU-Saratoga Springs NY Sales Associate, Linda Miner
If you live in town, House Sparrows will probably be a fact of life at your birdfeeders.
You can try to discourage them by offering only niger seed in mesh feeders and suet in cages. But in the absence of other easy food sources, they may even find a way to feed from these feeders that are typically harder for them to use.
So you may just try to make peace with their constant presence, as I have. Maybe these ideas that work for me will help you as well.
Try Ground FeedingWhite millet or WBU Select Blend broadcast on the ground may encourage House Sparrows to eat more on the ground and less on the birdfeeders.
One benefit of this approach is that you may find that your ground feeding may also invite native sparrows like Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows. Their distinctive backward-scratching foraging method will help you distinguish native sparrows from House Sparrows.
House Sparrows travel in big flocks so you'll always have birds at your feeders! They'll bathe in big flocks too; it's fun to watch the pool party.
So even if you don't come to love House Sparrows, you may start to enjoy them and show a little zen acceptance to their presence!
My thanks to Linda for her very zen-like guest post!