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.Continue reading Solving Suet & Suet Feeder Problems
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!Continue reading Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Early spring brings European Starlings to the yard. They are tenacious about sticking around to eat as much seed, suet and mealworms as they can get from feeders. Very messy eaters, they sweep a lot of seed out of platform and hopper feeders onto the ground. And once on the ground, most of it is eaten by squirrels. This year I had to temporarily put my hanging hopper feeder away . . . BUT, this past week I had a brainstorm that I think has stopped the dumping.Continue reading Starlings Dumping Seed on The Ground