This is not my photo, but I bought this bird feeder at Lowe's for about $10, and it is great. I hang it from where the hanging platform once dangled.
Our athletic squirrels were banging the platform off the window.
The final bird-feeding configuration was:
- Hanging the Lowe's feeder, easy to fill with sunflower seeds.
- Buying a tall pole for the platform and planting it close to the window for viewing and away from the rain.
- Filling the squirrel-proof (HA!) feeder with finch food, which the little birds love and the squirrel ignores. The squirrels shop at the Lowe's and the platform feeder.
- Hanging seven pounds of suet from large baskets from the squirrel-proof feeder.
- Storing one bird-bath under the eaves so it can be filled with rainwater, dumped onto the Butterfly Bush, and refilled with tap-water when necessary.
- Keeping the Jackson EZ Bird Swing, which is now above the platform feeder. It is their favorite place to rest when waiting for food.
- Using rescue tree stumps as supplemental feeders in the Bird Paradise section. There I have another bird bath and some bird-friendly plants, such as blueberries.