December 30, 2012
Nuts to the Squirrels
I've had to order a new birdfeeder. Why? Because Squirrels destroyed the other one - it used to look like this (picture taken two days before Christmas):
By the Saturday after Christmas it was a little worn, the bottom plastic piece had split, but by today it was obviously in distress!
I couldn't find one with a cage locally - or at least not one that has dispenser holes large enough for the nut and seed mix I use - so I had to go online to find one. Hopefully it gets here soon as I don't think the current one will make it too much longer!
Some of us are content, not only to use our beaten up old feeders, but to let the squirrels feast. Your dad tells me that squirrels (and starlings and house sparrows) "...are all god's creatures. They have to eat!"
Posted by: Cop Car at Dec 30, 2012 5:59:29 PM
P.S. Personally, I feel your pain. I'm pretty picky about what free-loaders I want to support!
Posted by: Cop Car at Dec 30, 2012 6:00:38 PM
Funny you should be mentioning this. We just had this conversation Christmas Eve at the folks house. It was funny to hear how the squirrels get to the free standing feeders. Their squirrels seemed to have learned how to fly!
Posted by: Dudette at Jan 1, 2013 8:42:16 AM
SO FAR I've not had squirrels actually break anything. If the winter ends up bad, like it looks like its trying for, they'll empty the feeders and annoy the heck out of me, but so far they haven't been around at all. Now the Starlings on the other hand.....
Posted by: Ruth at Jan 1, 2013 9:23:42 AM
Ruth - this feeder is 3-4 years old, so it has gotten a lot of beating from the weather. However, that is a heavy-duty plastic insert that holds the seeds, so it took a lot to break it. regular plastic tube feeders without cages are actually chewed away until the squirrels can get inside to eat undisturbed - if in a strange position.
CC - I don't mind the squirrels so much, as that they break into the hanging feeders. I can usually bribe the blue jays with peanuts on the platform feeder, but the squirrels aren't so accomodating.
Posted by: bogie at Jan 1, 2013 11:36:43 AM