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My upside down suet feeder hangs from a shepherd pole on the deck. It's great to see close-ups of the Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied, N. Flicker. But the starlings can hang for a bit and if not, they wait below for the others to knock some suet out. The WB Nuthatch feeds upside down and the Chickadees have eyed the whole thing with interest, especially after I left a few crumbs on the rail when refilling. So I scraped some suet off with millet in a special tray on the deck floor--the Juncos love that also. I have had a Caroline Wren feed upside down but not this year.
 
Jo Ann Eldridge, Kearney, Clay Co.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Susan Eaton
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Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: Upside Down Carolina Wren

Years ago, I had an upside down suet feeder for the same reason, but my Starlings figured out how to hang upside down eventually.  I was hoping there was no connection between a learned skill and genetic changes......would hate to think I was responsible for the development of a super race of Starlings......

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, St Louis CO, MO
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On Friday, February 14, 2014, Kevin Wehner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
To deter European Starlings from going through a suet cake weekly, we have an upside down suet feeder in our yard. I was surprised this afternoon to see a Carolina Wren clinging to the underside of the feeder while feasting on the suet! He came back to the feeder multiple times to perform his acrobatic trick.

Kevin Wehner
Columbia, Mo.


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