Those dastardly birds and their unpleasant offspring are eating everything they can get their beaks on....even the bunnies' corn is disappearing almost as fast as I can toss those ears out.
Every morning I fill my giant Droll Yankee feeder about two-thirds with the less expensive grackle blend. This is what I've been coming home to for about the last week-and-a-half. They consume almost the entire tube. Just to give you an idea, this tube is about 4 feet high and I probably fill it to about 30 inches or so.... What pigs they are!
I think they are taking the message on the sign a bit too literally!
Can you sense the distress of this poor downy woodpecker? There was a half a cake of suet in this feeder this morning. I caught the grackles sitting on top of it yesterday, but I figured once they had eaten enough that they couldn't access it from the top anymore, maybe the woodpecker would get the rest. Ha! That's what thinking did for me! The suet was completely gone when I got home from work.
So I marched myself right out to the garage and my storage area of bird-related miscellanea. "There must be something here that I can use make this suet cage more grackle-proof," I says to myself. "Ah yes, there down on the end....an old license plate!"
I brought it in the house and bent it in half to fit the suet cage. The license plate has these nice little holes on either side that lined up nicely with the suet cage. A couple of plastic cable ties, and voila, a grackle-proof (hopefully!) suet feeder.
As the ultimate test, I filled the suet cage with peanut suet and tomorrow I'll have to observe whether my homemade deterrent device is effective or not. At least I know the grackles won't be able to sit on top of the feeder anymore.
I have another use for old license plates -- they work very well as a patch on bluebird house roofs where the wood has cracked or part of it has broken off.