13 Feeders and Accessories to Solve Bird Feeding Problems

Don't let ants and squirrels spoil your bird-watching. These feeders and gadgets help deter pests and save seed.

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March 21, 2019

Photo By: Courtesy Droll Yankees

Photo By: Courtesy Droll Yankees

Photo By: Courtesy Droll Yankees

Photo By: Courtesy Gardener's Supply Co.

Photo By: Courtesy Gardener's Supply Co.

Photo By: Courtesy Droll Yankees

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Photo By: Courtesy Gardener's Supply Co.

Photo By: Courtesy Droll Yankees

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Photo By: Amazon

Bird Feeder for Finches

Attract pretty finches with an Onyx Clever Clean 12" Finch magnet. The rust-proof steel mesh has diamond-shaped openings that fit their beaks better than traditional screen mesh designs. The feeder can be hung or mounted on a pole.

Buy It: Amazon, $50.99

Ant Moat

Fill this small, polycarbonate plastic cup with water, and it deters ants from getting into your nectar feeders. The Droll Yankees Ant Moat comes in orange, to match Oriole feeders, or red, for hummingbird feeders.

Buy It: Amazon, $14.51

Yankee Flipper Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Even large birds won't set off the motion-activated ring on this Yankee Flipper bird feeder--but squirrels will. Instead of feasting on your bird seed, the squirrels get a whirl on the feeder before they lose their grip.

Buy It: Amazon, $135.00

Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

Save that expensive birdseed with this candy apple-red Squirrel-Proof Birdfeeder. The spring-operated perch closes off access to the seed when a heavy squirrel lands on it. You can adjust the weight setting to deter larger birds, too, so small songbirds can feed in peace.

Buy It: Gardener's Supply Company, $49.95

Globe Cage Bird Feeder

A Globe Cage Birdfeeder lets nuthatches, finches and other small birds feed safely, while keeping out squirrels, blue jays and other "bullies".

Buy It: Amazon, $29.95

Nectar Guard Hummingbird Feeder Tips

If bees and other flying insects are raiding your hummingbird feeder, slip these Nectar Guard Tips on the ports after the hummers find and start using the feeder. The tips will help block the pests.

Buy It: Amazon, $10.99 (Pack of 24)

Spiral Feeder

Put some fun into your bird watching with a spiral feeder. The feeder holds thistle seeds for goldfinches, pine siskins and house finches, and they'll often run along the spiral instead of flying from port to port. Bigger cardinals and grosbeaks can also feed, but a locking lid deters marauding squirrels.

Buy It: Amazon, $30.95

PestOff Bird Feeder

This easy-to-fill feeder was designed by a former Dyson engineer and keeps out squirrels and other rodents from stealing bird seed.

Buy It: Terrain, $42

Double Decker Hummingbird Feeder

Give hummingbirds twice as many places to feed with this feeder. It holds up to 26 ounces of nectar and features eight ports.

Buy It: Walmart, $18.75

Squirrel Baffle

Protect your pole-mounted birdfeeder with a cone-shaped Squirrel Baffle. It wraps around a variety of pole sizes and uses a mounting coupler, so you don't have to remove the feeder to install it.

Buy It: Gardener's Supply Company, $24.95

Squirrel Slinky

Slinkys aren't just for kids. Use a Squirrel Slinky on your pole-mounted birdfeeder, and its high tensile spring will help deter raccoons, squirrels, and other climbing seed-stealers.

Buy It: Amazon, $24.99

Safflower Seeds

If blackbirds, grackles or squirrels are stealing your birdseed, try offering safflower birdseed instead; most won't eat it. Mix it gradually with the seed you usually offer to attract birds like chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers.

Buy It: Amazon, $27.64

Hanging Squirrel Baffle

This unbreakable baffle doesn't just help keep squirrels out of your feeder; it also helps protect birdseed from the weather.

Buy It: Amazon, $14.99