Want to keep your suet feeder from being dominated by European Starlings and Common Grackles? One way is to put the suet beyond their reach in Erva’s Starling-Proof Suet Feeder. While I’m a fan of upside-down suet feeders and have used them for years, Erva’s method of putting the suet deep in a cage has promise. This feeder allows smaller birds access to the suet while caging larger birds out.
I recently bought this simple inexpensive Erva birdbath. Its thick metal wire frame is easy to stick into the ground. A shallow plastic dish insert fits on top. The birdbath is easy to set up, easy to move as needed, low priced and you can even turn it into a heated birdbath for winter months.
When buying a bird feeder, be sure to consider how you will hang it. While they are typically built with a hook or loop on the top for hanging, you may find that to hang a bird feeder, you actually need an extra hook.