Nuisance Birds Use Baffles to Get Suet

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

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!

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Solving Suet and Suet Feeder Problems

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Red-Belllied Woodpecker Eating Suet
Red-Bellied Woodpecker Eating Suet

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.

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Erva Bluebird Mealworm Feeder Review

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Male Eastern Bluebird Inside Erva Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Male Eastern Bluebird Inside Erva Mealworm Feeder

Are you looking for a bluebird feeder that will keep starlings out? After many weeks trying to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens, I finally have a winner, Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder a.k.a. “Bluebird Feeder”! This is my review.

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