I have always been an advocate of synergy when it comes to letting nature control it's own destiny and sometime it works well and at other times it requires some intervention. The photo on the right shows a suet feeder suspended near the hummingbird feeder. I have several woodpeckers, both Hairy and Downy, that visit the suet frequently year around and they have an interesting habit. They first land on the tree, climb up and down, and in the process eat ants traveling toward the hummingbird feeder. And although ants are their favorite food, the number of ants are greater than the woodpeckers ability to get them all. So, they fly to the suet and feed on the seeds.
But this year I have found a really good way to stop the ants from getting to the sugar solution. And it is simply by using duct tape! Here are the photos: