Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It may be UGLY but it works... so far.

What the heck is this thing? If you look closely you will see that it's a bird feeder hanging off the limb of a tree near my back deck.

Like most of you I have a BIG problem with squirrels attacking my feeders. I thought I had it licked when I poked a hole in the top of a large circular plastic tray and positioned it on top of my feeder. It stuck out about 10 inches all around and I was sure that the pesky squirrels would never figure a way to get to the seeds.. WRONG !

It seemed to work beautifully until a few days ago when I drove into my yard and saw a big fat squirrel literally upside down, clutching the sides of the feeder and eating to his heart's content. I'm not proud of the obscenities that I screamed at him but it didn't seem to faze him a bit. He leisurely hopped down and I could almost hear him laughing as he scooted away.

So now I've put my inventors hat on and hope this will work. I took a big garbage bag and adhered it to the tray that tops the feeder. It looks gruesome … the black plastic twirling and swaying in the breeze but the birds seem to love it and the price was right too. So far so good ….


Blogger Marie Smith said...

Pesky squirrels! Pretty inventive on your part too. Glad it works!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I wish I had squirrels for they are amazing to watch as they outwit us. Such intelligent athletes. Hopefully your new effort will work but I wouldn't put money on it. They are clever.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Joared said...

Hope your feeder continues to work! Squirrels destroyed several of my bird feeders I had positioned on shepard hooks away from trees. They had never bothered the feeders for a few years, then one day I looked out at what I, too, finally figured out was an upside down squirrel. They chewed huge holes expanding the size of existing small ones -- allowed feed to pour out. I had to throw out the feeders. Finally bought a metal feeder, but haven't set it up yet. I don't see how the squirrel can possibly damage this feeder but who knows!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Well, good luck. It seems like an unwinnable game, but just maybe ...

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our bird seed store hosts a sign which reads....Squrirrels 12, Humans 0. May you have better luck.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry. The little acrobats will find a way in.

7:15 AM  

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