When a squirrel decides that your bird feeder must surely be a food source you put out just for him, what can you do? You might think that you have to accept that if you have squirrels and feed birds that they will be getting into the feeders and there is nothing you can do about it. But after many years of feeding birds, I have found that you don’t have to give into squirrels. You just need to observe how the squirrels are getting into the feeder(s), think creatively and be willing to consider and try a variety of possible solutions.
In our suburban Maryland yard, a pair of Fish Crows has nested each spring/early summer for the past few years. Many of the other birds in the yard are not that crazy about the Fish Crows; I understand they sometimes will eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. So I do understand the animosity. But even so, I must admit that I really like the Fish Crows. They are some of my favorite birds in the yard. They are smart and social and will sometimes interact with me (when food is involved) so I enjoy them and encourage them in the yard.
My newest feeder is a Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Seed Tube Feeder in their Coppertop Tube Feeder Series. This one is bigger than the Nuttery Globe Seed Feeder, another cage-type feeder that I purchased a year ago. The Woodlink feeder measures 19” from the top of the extended hanging loop to the base (or 16.5” not including the loop.) It has six food ports instead of the four of the globe feeder. The tube that holds the seed is taller, although a little narrower. It holds a quart of seed. Because the feeder is fairly tall, I had to adjust my feeder pole using extensions.