Thanks to Seabrook Island Birder (SIB) member Ralph Secoy for submitting this idea!
What is (1) the absolutely lowest cost feeder, (2) the absolutely squirrel proof feeder, and (3) feed that birds love? It’s “Birdacious Hot Pepper Bark Butter”. This is a paste that is pressed right on to tree bark. That’s right – just scoop up a blob and slap it right on there. There’s no feeder – cost $0. If you have squirrel problems, they won’t touch the hot pepper. And I have a number of birds that eat a lot of it. We mostly have Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and Carolina Wrens eating this; however, we have also seen Eastern Bluebirds, nuthatches, chickadees, and others. That’s with other feeders right next to it. Depending on how you feel about them, Blue Jays also eat this. The only things that may bother you are that the color is bright orange, and there’s an oil residue stain left on the tree. I don’t consider either a problem. This is extremely cheap, effective, and good for the birds! What more could you ask? No, I do not get any kind of sales kickback – I just love this stuff. (You can get this at Wild Birds Unlimited, 975 Savannah Highway, 843-571-3371, charleston.wbu.com. They will also ship to Seabrook Island.)Ralph Secoy, SIB Member
If you are interested in making your own Bark Butter, we published this blog, “Butter for the BIrds, including a recipe a few years ago. Just add Cayenne pepper or red-pepper flakes to make it squirrel resistant.
Let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas so we can share with our members!