Date: 6/11/24 4:33 am
From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] So much suet...Is it the weather?
Where I live, there is only one recourse. Bring everything in at night. Yes, every feeder is taken up every night and filled/put back in the morning. I have a large, decorated, metal footlocker on the front porch that the seed and suet feeders go in every night (double & quadruple suet feeders, 4 hanging tray feeders, 4 tube mixed seed - black oiler, shell free sunflower, peanuts). 
In the back, I have a large tote that holds 3 hummingbird and 2 jelly feeders. I don't worry about the hanging seed feeder because it's always empty by dark. All the hummingbird and jelly feeders (5 & 3) out front come inside every night. Yes, it's something of a chore, but better than having the raccoons/possums/etc. destroy the feeders.
 Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI    

On Monday, June 10, 2024 at 06:27:23 PM EDT, Mag Tait <magtait1...> wrote:

I steadfastly will only put one suet cake out a day in the summer, well sometimes I cave 🙂, but it’s because I have a combination of woodpeckers who after they eat my peanut butter mix go after the suet and often take big chunks to their nestlings.  But what really makes everything disappear is the red wing black birds that over the years have become accustomed to it. This used to irritate me because they weren’t who I was putting it out for, but then I realized how ridiculous that was. Now I have suet cakes on subscription from Amazon for the winter when everyone uses it and  for the few months that the blackbirds are wiping it out.For me, the solution to squirrels is having a cable hanging  from a tree to my house with industrial squirrel baffles that my daughter ordered for me that are meant to be used on powerlines. We had one squirrel that could make the gigantic leap, I called him my Olympic squirrel, and I figured he deserved it. He’s not been seen for the last couple of years.Love hearing these stories and the solutions that we’ve come up with. Mag
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On Jun 10, 2024, at 5:23 PM, Dody <dody...> wrote:



Hi Fred, this is one of two sets of feeders we have attached to our second story deck.  It took us a couple of years to figure out how to foil all nighttime thieves, but this set up has not been robbed in the last 20 years. I can’t tell you exactly why.  They climb up the skinny pole, get inside the upside down waste basket baffle and hop back down.  It’s too far for them to jump from the railing to the tilty top baffle, and we keep the surrounding trees trimmed.
Dody


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On Jun 10, 2024, at 1:59 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
Thanks for the info Briana.  Sounds like we are in similar “boats”.  Did I fail to mention the Orioles here have become rather picky and quite demanding?  Finicky buggers will refuse to partake if there has been even a little Cottonwood seed fuzz in the bowl or…maybe a bit of leaf has blown in?  I wonder if your feeders are perhaps being visited by Flying Squirrels at night?  I thought I’d created the ultimate baffle system recently and it worked flawlessly until a week ago.  Then, one morning I noticed a heap of seeds I’d put out the previous afternoon on a platform tray was mostly gone in the morning.  Nest night, an entire fresh suet cake was missing from its wire holder.  I was considering putting out a trail cam to catch the Bear that must be responsible.  Nope… the next night I noticed my camouflage paint jobs were mightily scratched up and there were muddy paw marks from the ground all the way (five feet) up the side of the baffle.  Turns out a Raccoon (the size of a Bear Cub) had found a way to hug its way and shinny up a six-inch diameter stovepipe and…while holding on with both hind legs and one foreleg, reach up and over a twelve-inch diameter seamless plastic baffle atop the stovepipe and grasp the remaining small diameter pole leading to the reward.  Incredible.  So…”go-bigger-or-go-home me” has now installed a twelve-inch stovepipe baffle over the pole.  Starting to look kind of huge up close but not too bad from farther away.  For me at this point, I’m all about function first and form later.  So far so good.  Problematically, if you begin to see Raccoons with legs as long as a Doberman Pincher, you can believe the are actively breeding at my place and are selectively developing the musculature and appendages needed to circumvent my latest setup.  And so it goes…From: Briana <designsbybriana...>
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Cc: Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] So much suet...Is it the weather? I am also going through a lot of suet but mostly, I'm going through A TON of sunflower seeds. I'm filling 5 hanging feeders and a hopper feeder daily and it's completely gone. On our suet is mostly woodpeckers, Red-winged Blackbirds and Orioles. My mom has a lot of birds eating her, including a Robin and has even seen indigo buntings on hers! The Orioles are also eating a ton of grape jelly and oranges. I have at least 3-4 pairs of Orioles coming in and three feeders for them.  
I buy this suet (non-melt) from Chewy and I get free shipping from them. It comes out to a little over $1 a suet block. Gone are the days where you could get them for .69 a piece at Rural King. 
I've seen fledgling House Finches, a box of Bluebirds have fledged and I have three boxes of Tree Swallows that have at least 5 babies each in them and they make quite a racket all day long in the box! 
C&S Peanut Delight No Melt

Briana Fisher------------------------------------------------------------------------------


On Sun, Jun 9, 2024 at 10:31 AM <fkaluza...> wrote:


                So far I’ve seen young House Finches and Downy Woodpeckers begging their parents for food.   Hummers and Orioles continue to feed heavily and Grosbeaks, Blue Jays and Cardinals come around for Oilers and Peanuts but…holy-smokes…am I going through suet cakes!

 

                Grackles and Woodpeckers (including Pileated) hammer my suet station and Robins, Turkeys and others go after the chunklets and fragments that fall to the ground.  I have a double-cake feeder in an extra-long holder for the Pileateds but have been loading a new cake every day or every-other day.  Back in Feb I bought two cases from Tractor Supply (best price I could find) and they were still under $1.00 each.  They only have the plastic-film wrapper instead of the thicker plastic “tubs” and that suets me just fine!


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