Squirrel

Squirrel,
wrecker of the bird feeder,
I do not begrudge you your meal;
it is winter and you are hungry too.
How I enjoy your antics but —
a little less destruction
if you will.

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  1. julespaige
    Jan 17, 2018 @ 14:36:49

    I’ve got a rim about the size of a cymbal about two feet above my feeder, then from that a hook to the tree, another two or three feet (an arm farther than a squirrel can jump) – the squirrels sometimes climb down the limb, but they fall of the cymbal/hat, because it tilts with their weight. The feeder is also about four feet plus off the ground so they can’t jump up on it.

    When I go to fill the feeder I toss some seed for them when it is really cold. And maybe they shake some seed loose when they tramp on the branch and fall off the feeder? Some folks rig up elaborate devices to keep the squirrels at bay.

    Some feeders claim to be squirrel proof – I looked them up – but I don’t think many really are. Though I have had luck with mine.

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    • Libby
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 19:41:06

      I’ve just bought a ‘squirrel proof’ feeder to replace the wrecked one but I don’t know if it works yet – I’ll find out soon! I have in the past hung feeders from trees on long wire hooks that squirrels can’t climb down which worked, but this one is on a special pole stuck in the ground with feeder hangers on it so I can see it from the kitchen window. Maybe I’ll put food out for the squirrel separately. (He did help himself from the dish I put out for the pheasant, which actually re-appeared today after being absent for over a week.)

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      • julespaige
        Jan 18, 2018 @ 19:58:26

        I’ve had some spring loaded feeders. The weight of the bird helped to open the feeder. The squirrels … dismantled it. Actually took the springs out!

  2. elaine patricia
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 08:54:34

    They are cunning little blighters these squirrels.

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