Are you a bird watcher?
A lesson learned
It started simply with a wild bird feeder hanging from a deck hanger. It was, maybe, two hours before the squirrel found this source of new food. It shared the knowledge with its pals, and the birds rarely had an opportunity to dine, but squirrels were getting fat.
A New Feeder
Lesson learned with some research was squirrels can jump some ten feet, and everyone knows how well they climb. Any feeder must either be a squirrel-proof model or be placed away from fences, tables, chairs, or other places a squirrel can use to jump to the feeder. Any pole used to hang feeders need a baffle to prevent climbing.
The deck feeder was replaced with a squirrel-proof model found at Lowes. The squirrels worked to get the feed from it and failed. The birds came when the squirrels went away.
A trip to the county lawn and garden center for lawn supplies resulted in the purchase of two cartons of suet and a single suet cage. Who would have thought how much squirrels liked suet. Down came the
Lowes has the answer
Lowes to the birds rescue again with a squirrel-proof suet cage which holds two suet cakes. Squirrels tested it shortly after it was hung from a multi-arm pole in the yard. The cage effectively prevented squirrels and very large birds from the cakes. Birds, especially woodpeckers, loved the suet.
Bitten by the bird watching bug, it was time to visit Wild Birds. Soon, a pole with two arms was in a place away from squirrel launching points. The old feeder went on one arm and the second hosted a finch feeder. The squirrel proof feeder remained on the deck crook. A squirrel baffle on the pole keeps them from the pole feeders. It didn’t take long for the birds to start coming.
The deck feeder has sunflower seeds. The pole feeders have appropriate feed in the wild bird feeder and finch feeder. There are days when every perch on all the feeders are occupied. Occasionally, there are birds on the ground or waiting in the trees for their chance at a spot on a feeder.
Woodpeckers favor the suet. Cardinals fight over access to the sunflower seeds in the deck feeder. Finches flock to the finch feeder, and when it is low or perches all occupied, they dine at the wild bird food feeder.
Male and female cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, doves, goldfinches, house finches, blue jays, red-bellied woodpecker, other finches, and yet unidentified birds have dined in the yard. There are times when twenty or more birds on the feeders or feeding on the ground with the squirrels settling for leftovers.
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