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It occurs to me to suggest looking for other feeders.

I am limited to installing hummingbird feeders (picture here of one: http://www.fotolog.net/teragram/?photo_id=43556 ) but I seem to recall a special seed feeder for situations such as the one described.

They are weighted such that a light bird will open the hatch and be able to eat but if a heavy bird like a starling lands, the hatch goes past the "open" position to closed.

I am probably not describing these effectively. Maybe someone else can give it a try or even a link. I'm out of time.

- T. off to the zoo.
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