You know the old saying “Innocent until proven guilty?”
That does not apply to our squirrels. We have about six of them.
It is a war. Me against the little bird seed sucking buggers. They were leaping out of the branches and landing on the feeders and getting their fill. We trimmed the branches. They were climbing the poles. BUGGARS. I read in Mother Earth News that Crisco on the poles would make the poles too slippery for them to climb. That worked for a few days…it was so satisfying to watch them slide down:) Then they started running up a nearby tree trunk and flew through the air with the greatest of ease and most of the time landed on the top of a feeder…while they were up there they ate all the sunflower hearts.
I purchased three squirrel baffles at $20.00 each. You can add that up yourself.
The other day one used that solar light as a springboard to catch the bottom of the feeder on the far right and then pulled himself up and eventually flew through the air to one of the house feeders for the sunflower hearts. BUGGAR.
No don’t go all squirrely on me, this guy/gal is a shameless thief.
Chance does a good job of keeping them out of the yard, but it has turned too cold for him to be outside on squirrel patrol all day long.
I watch the squirrels from the kitchen and dining room windows. Sometimes I open the window and holler at them. They have gotten used to me rapping on the window…that used to scare them…not so much anymore.
My next step? I am going to buy another feeder one that dumps them off…and see what happens then. I am going to move that Solar Light and shorten the hanger on the far right thistle feeder.
Last year our squirrels were well behaved. I don’t know where this bunch of ill mannered hoodlums comes from.
This is a Black Squirrel he/she lives across the road. Too bad he doesn’t become a sail squirrel running back and forth across the road all day long.
I am about at my wits end…I welcome suggestions. We want to keep feeding the birds, and we don’t mind the squirrels as long as they stay on the ground:)