That’s a lot of starlings! We stop feeding in late August as the red breasted grosbeaks and all their offspring are just hogs at the feeder. We start up again beginning of November. We start suet cakes in October and we have already gone through about 17. We usually use 3 cases of 12 but we plan on 4 cases this year. Heavy traffic. That’s a pretty good picture of a cardinal through a window. We have more than a few pairs and they stick around all winter.
That is a LOT of suet! I think I went through maybe two cases last year - we have quite a few woodpeckers of various types that spend their time on the suet, but the nuthatches & some of the other birds like it, too. I’ve not bought any suet yet, but I need to in the very near future.