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Posts Tagged ‘Squirrels’
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.
The ground beneath my apple tree is littered with partially eaten apples. A bite here, a bite there, and then drop it on the ground! Today I discovered the culprit. As I suspected, a squirrel, aka Tree Rat.
This one was particularly tenacious. When I tried to shoo him away, he held his ground, or branch as it was, and chattered at me. I chattered back and he hissed! Throwing an apple at him only caused him to climb higher up in the tree as he intended to wait me out.
What to do now? Channeling Carl from Caddyshack I grabbed the hose and chased him from the tree. Humpft. I’m sure he’ll be back tomorrow to torment me again.