As you may recall from my new year's post, I started making my own vegetarian suet cakes. I realized quickly that in addition to attracting hordes of starlings, it also attracted a squirrel which never happened with the old regular suet. I tried hanging the suet from a long hook so the squirrel couldn't reach it and at first it was successful. The squirrel was confused.
He ran around the tree trying to find an angle to approach the suet from. He briefly considered if he could somehow get onto the trash can...
Nope. He eventually gave up that day and just waited for the starlings to drop stuff. But the problem with my one tree is that it's some kind of willow (I think) and the branches all grow up, not out, so when I hang something it usually isn't too far from the trunk. Today the squirrel finally made it onto the suet with lots of interesting acrobatics.
I let him go nuts. I figured he earned it this time. Plus it's apparently either him or the starlings who are gonna win, and the squirrel is cuter.
Ah well. I will try to repair my upside down suet feeder soon so maybe I can cut back on the starlings. Good times!