| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Just like there are bullies in the schoolyard, there are bullies at our backyard bird feeders and out in nature.
These so-called bully birds aren’t intentionally being mean to other birds; it’s simply in their nature. Bully birds are more territorial and more aggressive than other birds, so they are often successful at driving away the competition, according to The Spruce. Either that or they visit in such large groups that there’s no room for any other birds.
If you’re tired of bully birds driving all the others away, consider buying feeders specifically for the birds you want to attract, the Canadian Wildlife Federation suggests. You can also offer food that particular birds are known to eat. For example, cardinals like safflower seed, while many other birds do not. And many finches prefer tiny nyjer seeds, which many other birds don’t eat.
If bully birds continue to wreak havoc around your feeders, you may consider giving in and establishing a place in your yard to feed them, the Canadian Wildlife Federation suggests. Pick a spot far removed from your feeders and use it as a place to feed bully birds foods they like, such as corn, millet and sunflowers seeds. Use other types of seed and food in your other feeders to hopefully keep the bullies away.