Starlings getting too smart

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    cahil_2
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    Went to dairy farm today and as I’m driving in i notice the barn and silos are covered with starlings. I park and get my stuff ready them pull out the impact and there is an instant mass exodus. Hid in the bushes and still managed about half a dozen and recovered these. Just amazes me how quick they get educated. 

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    Calbarry
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    Next time try wearing a camo head net. You can get one at Walmart for a couple dollars. Birds see ultra violet light and your face is like a beacon. You'll be amazed at the difference when you wear the headnet

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    Stefanjan
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    They do learn.  They will land in my neighbors yard (they are retired and watch birds for a living so shooting them is a positive nono) but wont set a beak into mine (i have only gotten 2 this season).  Something else has been getting to them as the local flock number is way down (probably only 6 left out of over 25).  My local farm has a couple kids of some of the workers that shoot there so I cant get permission (im pretty sure they are paying the kids so im cool with that).  My parents have 2 crows living near their house and they have completely wiped out the starlings this summer.  Oh well this fall the flocks will move thru and I'll get to bag some more. Love the headnet idea.  

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    cahil_2
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    I’ve been wearing a gilli suit and head net.  I think they recognize my truck.

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    I’ve been wearing a gilli suit and head net.  I think they recognize my truck.

    The starlings learned to recognize both my cars. 

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    Pnutt559
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    Crazy, therz a ton of starlingz at my shootin location,  an old winery, a good hiding spot iz all i need, now tha squirrelz, thatz a different story, cant get within 100 yrdz without them gettin spooked

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    Bob_O
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    The owner at a farm with a severe bird problem asked me to come over the other day.  He said "there's plenty to shoot at."

    When I arrived there were Starlings everywhere.  4 quick dead ones later and it was like a ghost town for the next hour.  

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    davidsng
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    They are by far the smartest bird out there, and the most problematic.

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    Immatures are the easiest. 

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    Bob_O
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    Yes for sure Boog.  Didn't take them to smarten up though.   Just from Sunday to a week prior they were not as dumb.

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    Hookster
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    I'm going to get some decoys and see if that helps overcome their smart little brain buckets. 

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    Pigeons are no slouches either, they figured out my cars pretty quickly. 

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    Hookster
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    Just ordered some Sportplast starlings and blackbird decoys. I will post how they perform. 

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    Just ordered some Sportplast starlings and blackbird decoys. I will post how they perform. 

    Please do, I’ve never heard of those decoys. 

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    cahil_2
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    Where did you buy the decoys?

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    Yote
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    Yup got the same problem with black birds and pigeons.Glad the sparrows aren’t all that bright. 

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    Hookster
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    As Boog stated above, Knutson's. Sportplast is a decoy company out of Italy that makes just about any weird hard to find critter/bird you could imagine. I got 3 different types 2 of each to see what works best. I will be mounting them in the 100 yard pesting tree on the property I shoot at. More to follow. 

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    Jon86
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    Starlings not a big fan, they chase the mocking birds n bluejays away. They're agressive n fight amongst each other. I help out the eco n pick them off .They are smart n see objects that shine . I camo wrapped my barrel n it helped a lot . Also a good hiding spot n shrouded barrel help .

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    gadballs9
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    They haven't been on this planet for so long without reason. They aren't corvid(crows,ravens) smart but they figure stuff out pretty quick. If there's a good food source they will come back but warier.

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