Some visitors to your bird feeders are a nuisance and can scare off the birds you’re trying to attract. Try these tips to discourage unwanted guests from crowding out your feeders.
How to keep grackles from stealing birdseed
Use the style of tube feeder surrounded by a cage. Small birds can fit through the cage, but the grackles are too big to reach through.
Use suet feeders that only allow access from the bottom. Grackles don’t like to cling upside down to feed.
How to keep squirrels out of bird feeders
Attach a slippery, domed baffle to the pole under a feeder
Select a feeder with ports that close when a squirrel lands on the roof of the feeder
Try a feeder enclosed by a cage. Small birds can get through, but not the squirrels.
Use safflower seed in your feeders. Squirrels don’t like it.
If you can’t beat ‘em, feed ‘em. Create a squirrel zone with their own feeder stocked with nuts. Spike corn cobs on a squirrel feeder.
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Store food in dry, tight-lidded containers
Clean up any seed spills so you won’t attract rodents
Set up traps nearby to catch any thieves