We had a problem with starlings cleaning out the feeder so we found a dog crate that anything from cardinals on down could jump through easily but the fatter starlings could not do it easily. We put the main feeder in the crate, sitting on a table. We have been using it for maybe 5 years now and it has saved us enough bird seed cost to allow us to set up several kinds of other feeding stations. We feed the doves on a table and they pick up the thin layer of seed but the starlings only want easy to eat deep seed. We keep suet blocks in double walled containers that the starlings do raid a bit but nothing like they did the single wall containers. Nobody but the finches eat at the thistle seed bags. We watch all of the birds pretty closely so we can feel that about everybody gets something. I can really recommend the dog crate...
On a side note... Diana and I became great great grandparents last week.
Makes me feel kind of old...
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill