Is it okay to feed a vast flock of blackbirds?
February 9, 2014 8:48 AM Subscribe
Many hundreds of redwing blackbirds visit my feeders in the winter. Is it wrong to keep feeding them?
posted by Banish Misfortune to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
I don't mind the mess. They are pretty, they make lovely noises, and they keep my indoor cats distracted. The flock disappears periodically every hour so they're not permanently keeping other birds from the feeders. The nearest neighbors are a half-mile away. The flock is gone by the end of March. (I live near Jacksonville, FL by the way.)
So all that works, but I understand that red wings are agricultural pests and some consider them "trash" birds. I googled this question, but the results have to do with how to get rid of them. I feel guilty and ridiculous for feeding them and ashamed of the cost, but I'd have to stop altogether to make them go away. Am I doing the equivalent of feeding rats?