Reviewer: Jess B.
I love this feeder! I live near Denver, CO, so we don't actually have cardinals out here, but I bought this feeder in the hopes that I could attract some of the more colorful birds in the area. It took about a week for anything to find it, but once they did, it became an absolute bird magnet! House finches and goldfinches are particularly common to see at our feeder, and they don't have any problems getting to the seed whatsoever. Just make sure that you're getting Black Oil sunflower seeds and not another kind. After looking through other reviews complaining that the holes are too small for the seeds, I'm guessing that other types of sunflower seeds were used, many of which are much larger than the Black Oil variety.
It is also very resilient to thieving squirrels, which had also become a regular visitor to my feeder. Although they haven't been able to leave even a scratch on this feeder, I would highly suggest hanging it somewhere out of their reach, as they can get through the sunflower seeds incredibly quickly and leave a lot of other damage in their wake (particularly if you had hung the feeder in a tree, as I had. Scratches everywhere!).
Finally, the only downfall I've found for this feeder is the weight. Being made of metal, it is a little weighty to begin with, and it becomes even heavier once filled with seed. A small birdfeeder crook WILL NOT cut it with this feeder. I originally got one that stakes into the ground, and it bent nearly in half as I attempted to hang the full feeder on it. I eventually had to support the crook on a tree branch in order to hold the feeder up properly! I have since gotten a more heavy-duty pole on which to hang the feeder and plan to move it soon.
In short, it's a lovely feeder with gorgeous color and a sturdy structure. It attracts favorable birds quite well, and the birds are able to easily feed on the seeds if it is filled with the correct type. Just keep it out of reach of squirrels in order to save money on seed, and find a sturdy place to put it, and you'll be good to go with this feeder!
Well-made feeder but use pliers to wrap the handle securely around the roof hooks first. After hanging, I had happy cardinals off the "finch" feeder and onto their own. Early evening, a squirrel had the feeder disconnected and crashing down into the creek. I fished it out, secured the handle and rehung. The next day, the squirrels were swinging the feeder to pour the seeds out. So funny. Rehung with a wire instead of rope. We will see what happens next. Still very nice for the price.