When I moved the bird feeders in my garden after two dead trees were taken down, it took only a short while before the birds became comfortable with the new location and came back. It took only slightly longer for the squirrels to return.
|The seeds are so close, yet so far|
|That feeder looks just a smidge closer|
|He makes a grab for it but his weight on the side supports pulls the seed prtals closed|
|Pulling it closer doesn't help|
|Defeated, he gave up - for awhile|
Since that first sighting from my office window earlier this month, Mr Squirrel has perfected his seed-stealing technique once again and now hangs upside down from the upper portion of the two side feeders without applying any weight or pressure on the supports used by the birds, which would close the seed portals. He feeds comfortably, at least until he gets dizzy or loses his grip. He hasn't figured out how to get into the large feeder in the center, though, at least that I've seen.
There's no beating a persistent, hungry squirrel. Speaking of persistence, my husband finally acquiesced to my "suggestion" that we buy a Ginkgko tree to plant in the area formerly occupied by the dead mimosa tree. We don't have it yet as the local garden center won't get these deciduous trees in again until they begin to leaf out but I plan to place my order sometime in January. Meanwhile, I have to content myself by imagining my new tree.
|It helps that the neighbor directly across the street has a few of them|
I hope you're being persistent with your safety precautions through this holiday season. Best wishes for a pleasant, if subdued, Christmas.
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