|The squirrel was once again sitting inside the cage surrounding the feeder, eating away|
|When I came outside, he tried his usual freeze posture to avoid detection|
|When my continued approach made it clear that didn't work, he scrambled to escape - and failed|
|He tried hiding from me - he's still there on the opposite side of the feeder|
|You can just see his tail at the top of the feeder and his little face peaking out at me on the left|
|Now, he's moved to the right to see if I've gone away yet|
I went back into the house to see if he could get himself out of the cage without help. He tried to find a way out but, failing that, settled down and began eating seed again.
|After probing the bottom and sides of the cage for an exit strategy, he gave up and resumed his former activity while I watched from the house|
I came out again and we went through a second round of hide-and-seek.
|Are the paparazzi back again?!|
As the bottom of the cage around the seed canister was still secured, I was fairly certain he must have entered by pushing up the plastic dome cover at the top. I pushed it up on the side farthest away from me several times to give him an escape route but he was too panicked by my presence to take advantage of the exit. I returned to the house again to see if he'd work it out on his own. He did try.
|You can see him sitting on top of the feeder below the plastic dome of the cage in this photo taken from inside the house|
After another 30-40 minutes, I got some heavy gloves, took the hanging cage down, put it on the ground, and lifted the top off. He was gone in a flash and hasn't been back yet. Lesson learned? I doubt it.