Do Squirrels Scare Birds Away?

American Goldfinch and Female House Sparrow on Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder with Baffle Added
American Goldfinch and House Sparrow on Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder with Baffle

Squirrels not only eat seed from bird feeders, but squirrels also scare birds away. So even if you have a weight-activated “squirrel-proof feeder”, you might still want to baffle it to keep squirrels from jumping on it and frightening birds away.

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Keep Grackles & Starlings Off Pole-Mounted Upside-Down Suet Feeders

Grackle on baffled Shepherd's hook feeder pole where upside-down suet feeder is hung
Clever Grackle Uses Baffle to Get to Suet Feeder

Are grackles and starlings using the baffle to get to your pole-mounted upside-down suet feeders? I have two tricks to keep these nuisance birds from using the baffle as a staging spot to get to suet hung on poles!

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Best Hanging Squirrel Baffle

A Frustrated Squirrel Can't Get Past the Baffle
A Frustrated Squirrel Can’t Get Past the Squirrel Baffle

If you hang a bird feeder from a tree, you need the best hanging squirrel baffle you can get. Squirrels can eat most of the food you put out for birds unless you use a truly squirrel-proof feeder or a really good squirrel baffle or better yet, both. Don’t just buy whatever you see labeled “baffle” and expect it to work. Here is what to look for in a good squirrel baffle.

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