When I hung suet feeders from a tree branch, I learned some tricks to keep squirrels off them: use the right baffle and locate them carefully. Anyone who has tried to thwart squirrels knows this is a tricky process because squirrels are clever and tenacious. But I can be just as tenacious!Continue reading Keep Squirrels Off Branch Hung Suet
Sometimes a feeder works great right out of the box. Sometimes you need to make adjustments. You might remember that I now use Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens. I like this feeder very much, but I think it is really designed for live mealworms rather than dried. You might not think that would make a difference but it does.
Without alteration, it keeps the European Starlings about 90% out of the mealworms. When used as-is, the bluebirds and wrens get the majority, which is hugely better than anything else I tried for offering dried mealworms previously. But, wanting to more completely block out the starlings, I’ve tweaked the feeder . . . using a carryout container! This made all the difference.Continue reading Dried Mealworms, Starlings & Erva’s Mealworm Feeder
I’ve bought several bird feeders in the past several months. One of the more interesting is the Squirrel Buster Classic. I’d seen this feeder in stores before but always thought that its sister, the Squirrel Buster Plus, was a newer, better, bigger feeder and so never gave this one much thought. But this spring I took another look at it and have been using one in my yard for over a month. I’ve found that I really like it and so do the birds! Here is my review of this feeder.Continue reading Squirrel Buster Classic Bird Feeder Review