My father-in-law gave this bird feeder to me a LONG time ago. I have really sort of treasured it. I have painted it a couple of times and as it started to wear out over the years, I have repaired it. And most recently, I have repaired it with duct tape. Just lovely.
The birds have never seemed to notice that their feeder was looking ragged. And even I kept overlooking how bad it had become until two things happened. #1 - it stopped keeping the seed in the hopper, and #2 - the duct tape on top of the feeder started flapping in the wind. Both were fatal flaws and it had to go.
I took this well-loved, but retiring feeder down and put up a pretty, shiny new one.
It isn't at all like the other one, but I sort of like it. The birds are not so sure, though. This morning I looked out to see -0- birds on the new feeder. They were all gathered on and around the old feeder I had left on the ground.
That won't last long, though. The cats will be by soon.