|A squirrel tackles the original "squirrel buster" feeder without success|
|He shifts position and tries another angle, also without success|
|These close ups of the same type of feeder show it in the open mode (left) and the closed mode (right). The squirrel's own weight, whether applied to the perches or the cage surrounding the feeder, covers the feeding portal|
|He moves over to the next feeder, sold as a "Squirrel Buster Plus," nimbly clinging to the feeder pole using his back legs but his paws on the feeder ring close the seed portals|
|These close-up show the open feed portals (left) and what happens when pressure is applied to the support ring (right)|
|He moves to the oldest model feeder, covered by a simple cage|
|Unlike the cage my husband constructed for one of my earlier feeders, he's been unable to break into this one by chewing through or bending the supports|
|In a creative play, he tries using the third feeder to access the second but pressing the ring surrounding the feed portals once again shuts off his access to the seed|
|Frustrated, he takes a break sitting on top of the third feeder. At this point, I assumed he'd given up.|
It wasn't the fault of the feeder, though. It was my fault in providing him a platform to access it. However, I don't think it was easy for him to feed from that angle as he quickly gave up the effort. I'll probably replace the old, caged feeder eventually anyway but, for now, I'm satisfied that he's not stealing much from the birds. He mainly makes do with what the birds drop on the ground, which is plenty.
The side garden, which also has 3 feeders, has one that's vulnerable to intrusions too. I refilled them yesterday and, as I was doing so this fellow showed up.
|This is a Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica), a pretty bird but a bully of sorts. When he arrives, the smaller birds scatter until he moves on. He isn't much afraid of humans either.|
He wasn't at all interested in the dried-up toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) berries scattered about. He wanted bird seed and he wasn't at all afraid to take it with me standing a couple of feet away. He can't feed from the newer feeders but he has no problem with an old model. It may be squirrel resistant but it's not Scrub Jay-proof.
Squirrels! They keep us hopping!
Note: I have no relationship with the companies that make or market the squirrel buster feeders.
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