Deterring squirrels from ground feeding tray

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 .

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Thanks. I do have a freestanding feeding station but I am looking for a way of feeding ground-feeding birds without feeding the squirrels.
  • 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.    

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Hi Hazel. Thanks for your suggestion. I do have a hanging bird table on the bird feeding station but I've never seen blackbirds feeding from it. I often see blackbirds on the ground underneath it though!
  • Our blackbirds wouldn't use a hanging bird table either as it had a tendency to swing around and they didn't like it but they would use the solid bird table on a fixed wooden pole and base; good luck and hope you find the best method for your garden.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Thanks Hazel. I haven't really got room in my garden for a fixed bird table but thanks for the suggestion :-)