But, I have found a solution that seems to be working. I have mounted a 3-inch stove pipe around the base of my stand-alone feeder. The squirrels still feed on the seeds dropped by the birds but they are no longer climb upon the feeder.
|Winter view - the snow has been gone here for about three weeks|
I also have found a solution for ants on my humming bird feeder: I grease a two foot section of my metal upright feeder stand with wheel grease (Vaseline will work as well.) If you hang your feeder, hang it from a wire and grease the wire.
Many bird lovers are concerned about predators. I have a falcon that occasionally visits my yard and takes doves (for some reason that seems to be his bird of choice.) Cats can also be a problem. We must remember that we too are predators. We kill for food and we kill for sport (we even kill for religion and natural resources) - therefore we shouldn't get too sanctimonious about predation.