Now with chew proof steel seed tray cover
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(verified owner) – July 9, 2021
First of all, I have had many of these feeders from this company and I enjoy them all- give as gifts and recommend as the only truly squirrel proof feeders. You don’t have to put them way out in the middle of nowhere hanging from a pole in the ground. Just a few feet from the top horizontal (hanging) surface and 3 feet out from the closest vertical surface will do the job. I have had the ones with the metal seed hopper. This time I wanted to try the clear because for some reason even after two years I really don’t get visited by Cardinals although they are frequent visitors to my neighbors tube feeder. Well, let me just tell you, I don’t know if it was the visibility of the seed or the red color of the feeder, but within two hours I had cardinals all over it. But, so were all the little House sparrows and if you know anything about them they are BULLIES and they even kill other native birds like Blue birds (which probably explains why I haven’t seen any). Now I did move to a more urban setting and have learned the HOSP are like rats and follow humans around. Well, even with the success of bringing the Cardinals here I swapped back to the other feeder because I can’t afford a $100 per week seed bill. The Cardinals still show up but keep getting hassled by the HOSP (same with the titmouse, the nuthatch, and the golden finches). Observations about the feeder: The hopper is smaller capacity. The seed tray is wide enough to cause the seed to easily drop to the ground, either by birds sweeping their beaks or by the movement of the feeder itself. I did an experiment and swapped out to safflower- since the HOSP don’t like it (supposedly) but ended up with even more on the ground and the shells of course make a mess. All the birds really seem to enjoy eating from the tray rather than from the metal grid on the other hopper, but it’s almost TOO successful. I wanted to get feedback from the owner on possibly coming up with a design that incorporates both the clear hopper and a more secure seed tray (perhaps not so wide). Well see, but for now I’ve put it away to use when I get to my next country home.
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