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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Solving Suet & Suet Feeder Problems

Red-Belllied Woodpecker Eating Suet
Red-Bellied Woodpecker Eating Suet

After putting out suet in my yard successfully for many years, I have solved many suet problems. Offering suet is deceptively simple . . . if you pick the right feeder and right location. You want to keep woodpeckers and other suet loving birds happy, but also keep squirrels and raccoons out of it and keep starlings and grackles from eating it all.

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Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder

Male Eastern Bluebird Inside Erva Mealworm Feeder
Male Eastern Bluebird Inside Erva Mealworm Feeder

After many weeks trying to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens, I finally have a winner, Erva’s Mealworm Feeder! I went through several trials to get there. First I tossed some into platform feeders. European Starlings (and a few Northern Mockingbirds) ate them all. Then I switched to a small Squirrel Buster Standard feeder. Starlings kept getting in even as I tried to retrofit it in endless ways to keep them out.

I finally gave in and purchased Erva’s Mealworm Feeder from Amazon, part of Erva’s “Starling Proof Feeder” series. (I couldn’t find this feeder locally.) After watching starlings repeatedly try and fail to get into this feeder, I am declaring it a success. They only get scraps around the edges. And with an easy tweak to the feeder, I can deny them even that!

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