I have a ground feeding tray in my garden, which quickly attracts squirrels whenever I put any food out for the birds. I invested in an RSPB adjustable ground feeding sanctuary but the problem I have is setting the holes to an appropriate size. If the holes are set too big then the squirrels soon raid any food left out and if the holes are set too small then this stops larger birds such as blackbirds from feeding. I have tried sprinkling cayenne pepper on the bird food to deter squirrels but this doesn't seem to stop them and I've tried putting food out elsewhere in the garden for squirrels but they still come to the ground feeding tray (as well as their own feeder). Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop squirrels from eating the food on the ground feeding tray whilst still allowing larger birds to do so?
Maybe try a free standing feeder pole system with a baffle dome which will prevent the squirrels from reaching the food...... it works very successfully to prevent squirrels.
You can also get baffle domes to fit to bird table, both to fit round poles and square wooden posts .
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Hi Jenks, you would be able to do that if you bought a bird table on a post (we used one with a baffle fitted underneath which allowed blackbirds but not squirrels) as they do baffles that would fit either round or square wooden posts holding a bird table. Same idea but for a bird table. Blackbirds will use the table, they don't only eat at ground level.
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