Anyone who is pretty much into birding I hope can help me...(ahem....Shay?)
I live in a subdivision but surrounding it is a pretty thick woodsy area that harbors Blue Jays, Cardinals and some finches. I seem to have a hard time attracting them to my yard. I have a feeder with a mix of cracked corn, sunflower, as well as some suet with insects and berries (separetely of course). What I get there is your typical red-winged blackbird, some warblers, and some nasty CROWS!! These big fat birds will practically trash the feeder because they are so large, and I have to go running out there waving my hands frantically to get them off, or turn the sprinklers on.
Due to it being a relatively new subdivision, there isn't much foliage in the actual neighborhood, although I do have 2 baby Northern Pines near the feeder, and my neighbor has a 17 ft maple he just planted, so that could be why these birds aren't coming around. However, the blackbirds
coming around. If anyone has other feeding tips on how to lure these birds from the surrounding woods into my yard, that would be great.