Keep Squirrels Off Branch Hung Suet

Suet and Nut Block Feeders Hanging From Tree Branch
Suet and Nut Block Feeders Hanging From Tree Branch

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!

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Dried Mealworms, Starlings & Erva’s Mealworm Feeder

Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Erva Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Mealworm Feeder

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.

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Squirrel Buster Classic Bird Feeder Review

American Goldfinches on Squirrel Buster Classic Feeder
American Goldfinches on Squirrel Buster Classic 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.

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