We have a large bird feeder filled with bird seed which I purchase in 40 pound bags. It lasts a week or less. We also have a humming bird feeder and we get a lot of beautiful little humming birds that come to suck out the sweet nectar. Then there are the squirrels.
The squirrels are the thieves and destroyers. They spill the bird feed out of the feeder. Although I also put lots of feed on the ground, they (the squirrels) are never satisfied. They have to dump more feed out of the feeder. They leave the suet alone, guess they don't like it or maybe it is because it is in a wire mesh enclosure which holds the suet and keeps the squirrels out, but the birds can still get at it. Yep, my back yard is quite a busy place, but all the creatures disappear very fast when I let the dogs out.
I guess it doesn't all go to waste. The wild rabbits come in and eat it, too. I bring the feeders in after it gets dark. By morning, all that spilled bird seed is gone. I guess the rabbits clean it all up by morning. I love what goes on in my back yard (or at least in the area that I can see from the house) and would not change it if I could. Now, you all have a great evening, you hear?