Originally Posted by etudiant
Squirrels are the bane of feeders, as they vacuum the contents and can easily gnaw holes in them to get the last few seeds. Whether the feeder is hung or on a pole, a squirrel guard is a must in my NE US experience.
Separately, very much agree that sunflower hearts are the better option, less mess for one, but also raw sunflower seeds are often treated with a fungicide which may not be healthy for the birds.
A pole stand with a baffle and several arms is a flexible option, it allows seed and suet feeders as desired.
Lastly, birds are a pushover for water sources. If you set up a little water feature, even something as simple as a bird bath, you will multiply your visitors. One can go fancy, perhaps add a bucket with a hole that drips into the bath or even a mister, which really draws hummingbirds, but water is really magical for birds.
Good point on the water source, I'm getting back into birding and I remember that they loved my bird bath I had before, I just forgetting until you mentioned it..Off to buy a bird bath.. Thanks Jerry