After greasing up the bird feeder pole with a cayenne pepper/vaseline mix, I bought a squirrel feeder. I could not resist the cute little picnic table! I actually like watching the squirrels, but I also like watching my birds, so I'm hoping this will be a happy solution for all. The vaseline seemed to work, although I did see little scratch marks in it. However, I have not seen any more squirrels at the top of the bird feeder. So, anyway, I put up the new squirrel feeder on the tree closest to the bird feeder, and I finally saw a squirrel on it the other day! Let's hope it lasts! The yellow thing is a squirrel log made from corn products, and I bought several together with the feeder since I get free 2 day shipping with amazon prime. They seem to dissolve a bit in heavy rain, so in the future I will probably get plain old corn cobs, but we'll see how long they last.