Several times I’ve published photos of the bluebirds at my bird feeder and the explanation that they come to an open feeder to eat shelled sunflower seed. (All the birds like the shelled seed, and I like it because there is no shell litter dropping on the patio or garden.) In response to these postings many people have asked about the feeder, and how I keep the squirrels off of it. Here is a breakdown of what this feeder is made of, in case you’d like to create your own ornamental, squirrel proof feeder.
The feeder tray and the clear guard on the bottom are both Droll Yankee products. The entire assembly is actually on one of their black poles as well, and the feeder tray and lower guard (which may actually be intended as a rain guard I think) are held on with clamps made by Droll Yankee as well. I cut two pieces of recycled copper pipe to cover that back pole so all you see is the copper.
All Important Note: if you place a feeder like this too close to a large shrub or tree the squirrels will discover that they can leap from the plant onto the seed tray. This feeder is over ten feet from any tall plantings and so far anyway the squirrels haven’t gotten small parachutes or hang gliders that allow them to sail down and eat the seed.