A few weeks back we found it. See the tag. Well yes, the price wasn't bad as it is metal and seems well constructed. But see those words 'Squirrel Proof'. Once again, they are telling lies, albeit small ones because although it seems to work most of the time, we apparently have very smart squirrels in our garden. There is this guy.......or perhaps gal because of the smarts displayed......who comes to drink.............
...........sits about looking coy, eating nuts and digging up acorns, then heads for what we thought, for one day, was yes the prefect squirrel proof feeder! However, is wasn't to be as there are about three little grey devils who come constantly having learned to balance hanging downward, without closing the shield over the feed ports, and steal those precious(and now very expensive)seeds.
Meanwhile, we do the usual, bang on the front storm door, open same door and clap hands, yell loudly, run down the front steps, and act like two crazy homeowners who have lost it!
See how much my garden birds are loving this feeder - above there's a male house finch, a female cardinal and a male towhee. All arrive and sit in the fig tree behind awaiting a perch, and often the dastardly squirrels are hidden in the leaves too.
This was a big surprise - one of my much-loved Carolina wrens arrived - they rarely eat seeds or are seen on feeders. On the right another male finch brightly colored now in the breeding season.
Above, a male cardinal, a blue jay and a female cardinal. Note the design of this feeder allows part of the seed to stay at the top so all four perches can be used much longer - that makes so much sense.
Red-bellied Woodpecker grabs a peanut.
and soon will be chowing down!
What to do? Not much if you enjoy feeding the birds. She is cute, she has babies. She may be smart but she better not teach them them the ins and outs of squirrel proof feeders!