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Open Tray feeding birds,major squirrel problem


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So many birds enjoy eating from the open trays i put on my balcony,and for me ,it's a great way to see them,but I have many squirrels that not only eat a lot of the food,but chase the birds off. Any ideas on discouraging squirrels?

Also, I used to use a variety of bird seeds,now with the high prices, thinking to just try and find one good type of seed mix,suggestions on what appeals to the most types of birds?


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@loonswan would you mind posting a photo of your balcony and the area where you normally place the feeder?  Maybe we can offer more informed suggestions.  If you have 'Wild Birds Unlimited' or other birding store nearby, show them the photos and ask for ideas.  I know plenty of ways to keep 'tree rats' away from feeders in a yard but have no experience with balconies.  You could consider replacing your tray feeder with a hopper-style that has anti-squirrel features.

@The Bird Nuts is dead on regarding seed.  If you only buy one bird food, black oil sunflower is the one with the widest appeal.  Avoid any mix with small round red seeds.  Those are milo and very few backyard birds eat it.  They're inexpensive to put in a mix so they reduce the price.  But birds will just toss them on the ground, so you're paying for something they won't eat.  (You know what does eat milo?  SQUIRRELS.)


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