Heritage Farms Vista Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Heritage Farms Vista is a squirrel proof bird feeder that is a weight activated squirrel deterrent. When the squirrel steps on the spring loaded perch, it lowers closing off the seed supply.
The tension of these springs can be adjusted to allow for heavier birds such as woodpeckers to use the feeder without shutting of access to the seed. It has two perches, one on each side to allow for several birds to feed simultaneously at the feeder.
The roof is designed to act as a baffle causing any squirrel attempting to reach the perches by descending from the roof top to have nothing to grip onto and to then fall from the feeder.
Comes completely assembled and is able to hold 6 pounds of bird seed.
Its clear plastic seed holder makes the seed easily visible to birds, attracting many different species.
The pros and cons:
Lots of birds. This feeder will attract a large variety of birds.
Spring loaded perches are easily adjustable; no tools required.
Gets wet somewhat easily causing the seed to become clogged. It may help to add a dome shaped baffle above this feeder which might keep the seed dry by acting like an umbrella.
The feeder is not entirely squirrel proof. If it’s hung in such a way that squirrels can grab hold of the roof while hanging from an object above the feeder, (such as a tree branch), they are able to lift the roof and then descend into the interior of the bird feeder, (watch the video below). To ensure this doesn’t happen, hang the feeder from a pole or chain so that squirrels are not able to easily discover this weakness.
I know that squirrels are able to steal at least a seed or two from nearly any squirrel proof bird feed, but seeing squirrels climbing inside the feeder to eat to their hearts content was where I had to draw the line. For that reason I’ve decided not to recommend this feeder.
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