madhatter wrote:Interesting. I have wondered how effective a squirrel resistant cage would be for a starling, but the lack of any such claims led me to believe that the answer would be “not very”. Probably is worth a try, though I suspect it squirrel would try to knock it to the ground, even if it still couldn’t get at it, would allow foxes carry it off.
I suppose the occasional starling snack attack is the price you pay for all the woodpeckers on the feeders? It's a fair swap, for me at least.
We tie all our feeders up with the thickest grade of green-plasticised wire we can get (at least a two foot drop down from the supporting branch overhead), and we haven't had any probs yet, although squirrels will certainly skid vertically down the wire to have a try at the nut feeder. (At significant peril to their own nuts, I might add. )
The chilli experiment is worth pursuing, IME. I've been reading up on it recently, and it seems that chilli and peppers in general are a genuine turn-off for raiding mammals (squirrels, rats, foxes) - but not for birds, which can't taste them at all. Apparently the prehistoric proto-chillies decided, way back in the mists of time, that they wanted birds to distribute their seeds but not mammals, so they evolved a species-specific pest deterrent that still works perfectly today. The more I learn about evolution, the more I am astonished.