One of the smaller gray squirrels has been climbing up on the bird feeders and I could not figure out how he was doing it. He would only jump up there when I wasn’t looking.
I have squirrel baffles on both feeder poles and the nearest tree branches are too high for him to jump from and not impale himself on the pole. But there he was hanging from the tube feeder!
Turns out he was able to climb up below the baffle on the black pole and then jump sideways to the bottom of the thistle feeder and from there to the tube feeder and the sunflower seeds. I’ll need to move the poles farther apart when the ground thaws; something I hadn’t anticipated when I put the poles so close together. Until then I’ll grease the pole and watch him slide back down. Good fun.
Actually, I think he just likes to mess with me. I put out food for the squirrels on the other side of the yard, but they love the challenge of the hanging feeders.