New York: one woman, one garden, twelve seasons.
We gave this squirrel proof feeder to my father-in-law for his backyard and it really works. It's expensive but effective. The squirrels still pick up the seeds the birds scatter on the ground, which could be a negative for a terrace. The scattering, I mean, not the picking up. Isn't it amazing how word gets around once you have a feeder?http://shop.wbu.com/p/wbu-eliminator-squirrel-proof-bird-feeder/feeders_squirrel-proof-feeders?pp=12Nancy Mc
Thanks for the link. I actually don't mind the squirrel, and once I swung the arm away from the planters it seems far enough away for him/her not to jump on.
We have a squirrel-proof feeder handing from one of our trees and on the rare occasion we get snow or ices the squirrel's put on quite a show trying to get to the bird seed.
Why should you prevent the squirrel to also eat when there is plenty enough for everyone? it iss cold for him too. I am sure you refill with seeds everyday. cut pieces of apples would be a nice surprise for the squirrel
What does Storbie say?
It was Storbie who alerted me. He was in the far room on the street side of the house and suddenly dashed to the closed French doors to the bedroom, and lashed his tail wildly. So I opened, and he charged to the door to the terrace and sat there, chattering. Which he never does. WTH? I looked out and saw the squirrel. I really don't know how he saw it from so far away and through the curtains.
he didn't see, he heard
For Molly and Lucy, this is kitty television. The kitty chirping happens here on a regular basis mostly for the birds rather than the squirrels. The raccoons that have wandered by in the evening get the hairy eyeball. I'm glad my kitties are not outside kitties.
We've lots of squirrels in the backyard, but none that dark. Is it the lighting or is it a different species in the squirrel family?
No, this one is quite black. I see quite a lot of black "grey" squirrels. A genetic mutation, I assume.
We have many more black squirrels than grays here in Toronto. I think they are some sort of a subgroup of gray squirrels. The thing about squirrels, I have found, is that they will not stop eating as long as there are seeds remaining in the feeder, which also has the effect of keeping birds away. For this reason, I like my bird feeders squirrel-proof (difficult thing to come by) and feed squirrels in the winter on occasion with something else (such as winter squash seeds dried in the oven) on the ground.