Squirrels can drive a backyard bird watcher a bit crazy. How can you keep squirrels from eating all the seed you put out for birds? You might wonder if the solution is a seed squirrels won’t eat. Well, there is one seed, but unless you want a very limited variety of birds, it’s probably not the solution you hope for. I do have a better suggestion though.
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 squirrels and raccoons out of the suet and keep starlings and grackles from eating it all, while still keeping woodpeckers and other suet loving birds happy.
Sometimes a feeder works great right out of the box. But sometimes you need to make adjustments. I use Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens. I like this bluebird feeder very much, but I think it is designed for live mealworms rather than dried. You might not think that would make a difference but it does. I needed to make a change to use this feeder with dried mealworms. (Don’t worry, it’s easy.)