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I saw 5 does last night, rite at dusk, they all came to the feeder for a bite. They must have came back late, all the deer pellets were gone, I put some carrots and cut up apples out. the feeder was empty I the morning.
 
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All we have is tons and tons of Robins! Chasing, fighting over whatever all over the yard. I put out all the bird baths today and now they are fighting over all those and I have lots!
 

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The black birds have taken over the feeder again, grackles and red wingers. even starlings are here now.
 

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Cowbirds are driving my cats crazy. We have a feeder attached to the window and one way film so cats can see birds but birds can't see cats. I suspect film does not work cause it seems like birds are tormenting cats pecking and chirping at windows!
 

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We get flocks of cow birds, I dislike them once I found out they steal nests from the other birds, toss out the other birds eggs and lay their own. Then the poor parents are raising cow birds.
 
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Cowbirds are driving my cats crazy. We have a feeder attached to the window and one way film so cats can see birds but birds can't see cats. I suspect film does not work cause it seems like birds are tormenting cats pecking and chirping at windows!
Does the film make the window reflective on the birds' side? If so, they might be pecking at themselves (birds will 'fight' their reflection during nesting season because they think it's a rival bird)
 
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We get flocks of cow birds, I dislike them once I found out they steal nests from the other birds, toss out the other birds eggs and lay their own. Then the poor parents are raising cow birds.
We get a few cowbirds here & I agree with you - I don't like them because of the whole 'lazy nesting' thing. But we do have many, many other types of birds in & around the area that also reproduce successfully, so I guess they have found a balance.
 

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Same here, we have tons of birds. The cow birds come in huge flocks then just poof away like in a cycle.
 

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Does the film make the window reflective on the birds' side? If so, they might be pecking at themselves (birds will 'fight' their reflection during nesting season because they think it's a rival bird)
I think that is what is happening but from the outside, I can clearly see in. I contacted the company I got the film from and they said they were aware of the problem and gave a full refund. The birds were doing this before the film went up. Guess they understand that the kitties can't get to them!
 
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Cowbirds on a buffalo. Taken from the internet:

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Cowbirds and bison have a commensal relationship in which the cowbirds benefit from the activities of the bison and the bison is neither helped nor harmed by the presence of the birds. Historically, cowbirds evolved to travel alongside bison herds as they moved through prairies and meadows. The movements and activity of the bison disturb many insects, which the cowbird can then eat.


This relationship between cowbirds and bison was instrumental in the development of the cowbird’s parasitic nesting habits. As they follow the bison while they migrate, cowbirds are unable to stop, build a nest and care for eggs. Instead, cowbirds deposit eggs in the nests of other species. When the young cowbird hatches, the surrogate parents feed it until it is old enough to fledge.


Many other birds take residence near large herbivores, such as cows, oxen and rhinoceroses. In addition to benefiting from the disturbed insects, many of these animals also eat the ticks and other parasites that feed on the larger animals. In such cases, the relationship is better described as mutualistic than commensal, as the herbivore benefits from having fewer parasites. Additionally, the large herbivores tend to discourage the presence of the small birds’ predators.
 

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I wonder if they get mad when the birds poop on them. My parrot does it to me then laughs.
 
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Last night 9 does were on the way to our house when we decide to take a stay home walk. Lol.
now they show up rite before dusk. Today theybate all the carrots then left. Here’s our 4 regulars.
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We have two main groups come around all of the time. One is a mom and her kid from last year, the other group has 12 3 yearlings the rest does. They bed down in our yard all of the time, the back field.
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They must feel safe there.
We leave the woods and the back field for them to come and go. I just put some deer blocks out for them. The raccoons, opossums birds are enjoying them also oh and squirrels.
 

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