Common Grackles and European Starlings can be a nuisance on suet feeders, especially in late winter and spring. Since I’ve switched to using upside-down suet feeders, they usually don’t cause too much of a problem. But sometimes grackles can still get a little crazy. They can’t hang from feeders for long, but if there is a little flock of them, they can take turns. Lots of little bits of time dangling on a feeder can add up and they are aggressive toward other birds. But I have a trick to keep nuisance birds off suet on poles!
When I purchased a new bird feeder, I wanted to hang from my Erva dual shepherd’s hook pole, but I had a small problem.. The feeder was so tall that it would hang lower than the top of the pole’s squirrel baffle. Talking with the folks at my local bird store (Mother Natures in Columbia Maryland) I learned I could purchase extensions for the poles I have to make them taller.
Each new season brings changes to the bird dynamics in the yard. So I tend to do some tweaking of the bird feeders or their placement each season. To reduce the amount of seed winding up in squirrel bellies, I decided to turn a ground platform feeder into a platform feeder on a pole. The feeder I converted is a Birds Choice Fly-Through Platform Feeder.