"Woodpeckers,Chichadees and Orioles will eat upside down so eliminates
Jay's and Blackbirds."
Maybe "southern" blackbirds here in Shoreham are better at this, but jays,
starlings and red-wing blackbirds have no trouble hanging from my
upside-down suet feeder and pecking out gobs of suet. Most of them can't
do it for terribly long, although one or two can, but long enough to feed
themselves. I've never seen a chickadee do it, but nuthatches, titmice and
other smaller birds do.
The Vicks tip sounds promising. This year, for the first time in 20
years, I've got an athletic grey squirrel that can leap from the ground to
the platform about 4 feet up on a pole with a squirrel guard. Grrrrr.
On Sat, 18 May 2019 11:17:51 +0000, Marylyn Pillsbury
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> Feed suet in upside down feeder. Only Woodpeckers,Chichadees and Orioles
> will eat upside down so eliminates Jay's and Blackbirds.
> Placing an orange in small plastic dish attached to wooden rail or
> works well
> and Abit if Vicks Vaporub near it will discourage squirrels. Works on
> of bird feeders as well and they remember so don't come back.
> Marylyn Pillsbury
> So Hero
> On Friday, May 17, 2019 Martha Pfeiffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Several years ago I put up the red plastic Oriole feeder and didn't have
> any takers even though I did have an Oriole or two passing through in
> migration. A couple of weeks ago one came to my suet feeder for a flash
> a second. Yesterday, another appearance. This bird went right to the
> location but I had stopped putting it out for a few days because of the
> influx of black birds and Jays. So off went the Oriole.Today I hear one
> singing near my property. I would love to know what kind of feeder to
> - how to put out oranges, location of feeder, or any secret methods of
> attracting an Oriole.Maeve, your story left me yearning!! Any
> would be appreciated.
> Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset