Hello all! We have a simple bird feeder in our backyard, nothing fancy. It is on a pole and the squirrels have managed to climb up it. Still, we had quite a variety of birds visit. At least 6 different kinds within an hour! The kids and I loved it. But, the squirrel knocked down the feeder and I let it sit empty for a few days. When I filled the feeder, I also applied vaseline to the pole and sprayed the pole with cooking spray, hoping the squirrels wouldn't be able to climb it. Well, the squirrels no longer climb it. But the birds avoid the feeder as well! Can they smell the vaseline or the spray? Just wondering what is keeping them away. Thanks for reading and for your expertise!