After several frustrating days of continually chasing the squirrels away from the suet feeder, enough was enough. They were going through one suet cake in no time. The dog was tired of being sent out to chase them away.
I started looking around at several designs for squirrel proof/resistant suet feeders. I finally decided on the Stokes feeder as the hanging loop screwed down making it also resistant to the raccoons.
With the rain and cold today, it has been interesting to watch the birds becoming accustomed to the new feeder. Some were quite hesitant at first and each bird has it's own approach. After successfully navigating for the first time or two their confidence built and soon were no longer hesitant.
The squirrels have crawled all over it trying to get to the suet but no go. They have finally quit trying. Yeah!
The Cardinals tried several times but could not hold on. I finally took a bamboo stick and placed through the outer cage. This gave the Cardinals and Bluebirds a place to perch first. They have been the most hesitant of all but surprisingly, so were the White-breasted Nuthatches.
Yes, the cage does work. While it inhibits some photo ops, it does what it is supposed to do which is keep the squirrels out.