The blackbird can be found all across North America. Several different species of blackbird exist. Mating occurs in the spring between March and May. Their average lifespan is around 2 years, but they can live up to 16 years. They feed on mostly insects, but will also eat seeds and grains, and even worms and other bird eggs. If there are a lot of of blackbirds, they can become problematic to farmers who produce grain.
Blackbird Nesting Problem
If you think you have a blackbird nesting problem keep an eye out for birds that have their beaks pressed to the ground. They’ll be looking for insects and other bugs to eat. They also perch in high places like utility lines or in tree tops. Blackbirds also communicate with different musical calls. Their chirping isn’t as shrill as that of crows and has a more melodic quality Moist areas like marshes or food-rich places like fields or farms are the preferred nesting areas for these birds. If your yard has a lot of shrubbery, these birds will build nests in bushes and trees, using them to also protect their nests. It’s not uncommon to even find them flying around in parks that have ponds and a lot of landscaping.
These birds like to feed on grains and seeds, so crops like corn and sunflowers may be damaged when it comes time to feed. Not only will they eat these foods, but they may also contaminate them with their droppings. While this can be harmful when it comes time to sell or eat these crops, blackbirds are generally helpful if they’re not out of control. They will feed on harmful insects like beetles and worms that may occur in crops, as well as on weed seeds like Johnson Grass.
Types of Blackbirds
The male blackbird can measure 8.3 to 9.8 inches in length with glossy black bodies, and females are slightly smaller, measuring 7.9 to 8.7 inches long and colored dark brown.
Blackbirds On The Roof & In The Chimney
If the birds get out of hand, it may help to alter the areas they are nesting in. Don’t leave any loose food laying around, and clean up any spills that happen. Pruning any bushes or shrubs will reduce their food sources and potential nesting sites. Installing noise makers like horns and whistles may help, along with visual deterrents like plastic hawks or owls.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I remove blackbird nests?
It is always a good idea to consult a professional before removing any nests. In some cases, certain species of birds are protected by law during mating seasons. If you see eggs in the nest, contact a professional pest management company that can remove the nest properly to protect the birds and you, the homeowner.
Benefits of Professional Blackbird Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a blackbird problem. Finding and treating the blackbirds can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the blackbird infestation.