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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Bird Feeder Problem

For forty plus years, watching hordes of hungry squirrels gorge themselves on the seeds and suet, carefully placed in my bird feeders, has been somewhat of an annoyance. Initially, I used to blast them with my 12 gauge till Mrs. T and the neighbors began to look askance. Then I encouraged 4 generations of dogs to chase them off. Now, Baron has taken up that job with minimal results as there must be at least 2 large squirrel families living in the pileated woodpecker holes I left for the birds. I'm resigned. Till recently, when I saw the following pictures a fellow birder sent me. I've since decided the problem could be much much worse.

20 comments:

  1. Haha, I will never complain about the deer at my feeders again! That is so cute.

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  2. Can you even imagine looking out and seeing that? LOL!

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  3. HaHaHa...Glad I have just squirrels too.

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  4. I will no longer complain about the raccoons destroying our feeders. I'm cured! ;)

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  5. Nothing like putting our problems in perspective huh? Thanks for the chuckle today!

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  6. WE have had our bird feeders on a pulley system, somewhat similar to your pictures. I thought it was pretty smart of a couple of the red squirrels to get to it in a similar manner.

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  7. I guess our squirrels aren't so bad after all. Cute pictures.

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  8. I used to use CB caps but have decided to buy more seed and always suggest to the dog that they need chased. It keeps all happy.I use the wire suet feeders and don't have a problem.Trying to feed that bear would be hard to do, look at all the buffers, and I'm sure it has destroyed lots.

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  9. Your squirrels are just a tiny annoyance.. Chance loves to chase them..and then shake them..sometimes it takes all day to catch one:)

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  10. I hate the squirrels in my feeders and live trap them and drop them off in the desert. I would love to have the bear - but only once. I had a moose visit last week.

    Good luck.

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  11. Thank heavens I don't have Those to deal with - however, there was a black feral cat hanging around yesterday. As soon as I opened the door, he hurried away. (Don't like those feral cats!!!)

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  12. Blasting them with your 12 gauge!!!! Oh my stars... they must really get on your nerves! ;) Could you imagine a big black bear climbing into your bird feeder? Yup, I think the little squirrels are much safer. :)

    Happy Monday!
    xo Catherine

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  13. Great Scott! I just added a bird feeder to the apartment deck apparel, and those squirrels had better leave it alone if they wanna live to a ripe old age. We're on the second floor here so no danger of bears climbing up. At least, I hope not! We do get a little nervous about bumping into one while walking the trails around here, though.

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  14. You're kidding me!! I guess that black bear isn't fat, he's just fluffy.

    So, you're already covered in snow. We still have no snow cover here and the perennials would like some to keep them warm.

    donna

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  15. Kia ora TB,
    Fantastic, and to be honest a well earned feed for the big fellow! That must be one strong rope! Happy Yuletide!
    Cheers,
    Robb

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  16. Such unusual photos! Yes, I recon your squirrel 'problem' pales into insignificance....

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  17. Wow! Your birder friend could become a bearer and call it a bear feeder. As I once told Joan Mondale when she had a similar problem and called me for help (long story), put away the bird feeder if you have a bear problem. As for your squirrels, I'd recommend the Havahart bird feeders. The squirrels have never got beyond ours.

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  18. OH MY Goodness! I figured out a way to discourage squirrels when I lived in Maine. My feeders were also on a wire like this and of course the squirrels could scamper across it to the feeders, so I took 2 liter soda bottles, cut off the bumpy ends and stuffed 2 together cut end to cut end. Then I strung the wires through these giant "beads." Once on the line the squirrels could no longer walk it and my husband and I had hours of fun watching them try and fall for the beads would just spin! Don't know if it would keep a bear away though!

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  19. We live in town, but that didn't stop a neighbor from shooting squirrels with a pellet gun. He got caught, but then started doing it out his window. Then, when he got caught at that, he put chicken wire up around his bird feeders, and hooked them up to 220 volts from his garage. I don't remember if he got caught doing that. He ended up with failing health and had to move. He passed away this summer. He was quite the character.

    Now, the squirrels run the neighborhood. I'm glad it's not bears!

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  20. Another blog-friend of mine had a bear destroy her feeders one night. Is your pole baffled? That does the trick for us.

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