Need Advice - Perky Pet "Squirrel be Gone II" feeder
Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:49 AM
Anyways.. long story short, all my birds are scared of this feeder. I know they are creatures of habit, but it mostly gets ignored. It gets a glance and only a very small amount of birds have tried it, including red-winged black birds and chipping sparrow. Unfortunately the brave little chipping sparrow doesn't come around often (I'm sure if the other birds saw him using it, they would all flock to it). Even to my knowledge, watching the feeder for the rest of the day, only 1 grackle even attempted to use it, whom was immediately shut out.
I would like to know if anyone could offer a word of advice or have used this first hand.I am growing fond of the looks of this feeder but I need to know if I should move on to another feeder and if this is wasting my time and the birds. This feeder has 3 plexiglass windows that seem to be reflective and a copper roof. I'm not sure if that is scaring them. I tried suet feeders with a copper top and the woodpeckers seemed like they were scared of it but eventually got used to it, don't know if that carries over to song birds. I am also hoping that the cardinals would use this too but they only seem to feed off the ground. They don't even use my small platform feeder that is about a foot off the ground. Also there are no drainage holes.. need to know if this will cause an issue when weather gets wet. I've scoured the web for reviews but it's just not enough to answer my questions.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:41 PM
I like the looks of the hopper feeder you have. How long has it been up? I wouldn't give up just yet. Around here, when the feeders are over run by grackles, nothing else shows up. Maybe the other song birds are fearful of the black birds that were taking over your area.
I'd rather be birding.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:02 PM
My variety of birds have dropped since the end of winter. I mainly get house finches, mourning doves, cardinals and blue jays (on and off) now. I used to get gold finches, house sparrows (even though they are pest like), chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers.
I got frustrated with my suet. I even got an upside down feeder and the starlings and grackles cling on it and feed off it as if they are mocking me. I tried a stokes caged suet feeder but they had an even easier time feeding from it! Their long necks allow them to greedily pluck away at the suet. I took all my feeders down for a week earlier in the month and I lost all my woodpeckers. Someone recommended using pure beef suet cake with no seed or fillers. The starlings do not like it, nor do the grackles. They attempt and see that there is nothing of their value, they leave it alone but now I have no woodpeckers to feed...
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:29 PM
I guess I've just resigned myself to the fact that if I'm going to feed the birds...then I'll have to put up with the flying pigs, too.
I'd rather be birding.
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