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Sunday, April 28, 2013

squirrel proof



a rainy day last week



We bought a new "squirrel proof" bird feeder last weekend.

Hmmmm....

Does it look like it works?

I even changed the tension so the weight of the squirrel would cause the bars to close the feeder openings.  However, I think the feeder needs to be hanging somewhere else so that the squirrel cannot balance on the tower rungs and lean into the feeder. 

Guess a new spot is in order.

I'm getting a few chickadees to the feeder but that's all.  I think the birds are finding their food elsewhere now that spring has arrived.
I haven't seen any Yellow Goldfinches yet.  Have you?

The back hill Sunday afternoon with green grass and soon a crop and a garden will be evident.

We are enjoying a gorgeous sunny weekend with temperatures in the upper teens (Celsius) and the week ahead looks the same.

I am smiling.  

I am linking with Mary for Mosaic Monday.


Have a blessed week.

Pamela




33 comments:

  1. Oh, uhuh, I invested in a squirrel proof feeder, it didn't work either. I bought a pole system with a baffle, it has 4 hooks for 4 feeders, Now the squirrels sit on the ground and wait for the birds to drop seeds! I have about 5 Goldfinches in the yard. I'm in SW Ontario.

    That is probably the cutest squirrel I have ever seen! A lot different than the ones in my yard. Is it a Red?

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  2. I haven't seen that feeder in red before, usually green but I like it! When I use this feeder, it hangs from a shepherd's hook and only the gymnast squirrels try for seeds.
    It was a super weekend and I got a lot done outside.
    Judith

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  3. LOL! I'm guessing no on the squirrel proof part! They're so hard to defeat. Maybe moving it will solve the issue.

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  4. Hi Pamela, At our feeders, the chickadees come first and then the rest follow. I love the birds. So much to enjoy! Is that your garden? I can not wait until we all can plant some good vegetables. The kids and grandkids have put in their orders.....HaHa. I hope we have so much to feed my sisters family, too.

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  5. Those squirrels are so darn smart! I had a yellow goldfinch this morning at my feeder.. I'll send him your way!

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  6. I am starting to think they do not make a feeder that is squirrel proof. They are smart critters. I have had plenty of Goldfinches here this week! The field is lovely, it only should attract a lot of birds. Beautiful photos, have a happy week!

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  7. Nice to see some green grass! We always get a chuckle when watching the squirrels try to outwit the squirrel proof feeders!

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  8. We have lots and lots of goldfinches, and they are such a brilliant yellow now. I think you are right about that new feeder, the squirrel probably has to have all his weight on it for it to work. I'm sure you will find a good spot for it.

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  9. Squirrels are sweet but we like them because we don't get them here much, we have flying ones but only up north.
    Merle...

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  10. We bought a silo form of squirrel proof feeder in which the door shuts if the weight of the squirrel is too heavy. We found out one day that the chipmunk was too light to shut the door and he was in there gorging himself. Nothing is perfect. Valerie

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  11. Outside Moncton, we have a few goldfinches. But I don't think our redpolls are ever going home this year.

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  12. Is that the same pesky Red that I have in my yard???
    He must be visiting you!!hahaha...
    LOVE your new header...great job, Pamela!!

    Raining here....blah!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  13. Wow! amazing Spring colors in your photography! Beautiful shots ~ squirrels are quite smart ones ~ ^_^

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  14. Many brilliant yellow Goldfinches are flitting about from feeders, to trees and bushes. I am convinced, there is no such thing as a squirrel proof feeder. We have tried many "squirrel proof" feeders and there hasn't been one yet that as done the trick. I used to find the squirrels fun to watch but no more, ever again . . . no cute about them! They are tenacious and greedy and I want them to live elsewhere . . . If anyone has the answer, send it my (our) way immediately.

    The mesh sock thistle seed feeder keeps "food on the table" for the smaller birds but I need a solution for the cardinals and such who enjoy other seeds. Solutions anyone?

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  15. Hi Pamela. The goldfinches are here all winter, but the red squirrel only visits now and then. They are so clever:)

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  16. Those squirrels are so clever! I'm glad spring has arrived out your way. Isn't it wonderful to be outside in the (relative) warmth?

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  17. The squirrels are such rascals. It's hard to proof a bird feeder. I know you are enjoying the good weather.

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  18. We have squirrel proof feeders too but that doesn't mean they don't try to eat! We had hundreds of goldfinches for awhile but most of them left about a week ago. They must be headed your way. We still have some purple finches and a several other birds though. Enjoy your week!

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  19. I think I'd be as annoyed with your squirrels in the bird feeder as I am with the bunnies that eat my flowers!
    Mary Alice

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  20. It's hard to outsmart the squirrels isn't it. It's a pretty pink feeder though.
    Glad to see you have a little green grass. The grass here has really greened up the last couple of days. We are having a little thunder and rain tonight.

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  21. Lots of goldfinches here and red polls, woodpeckers, robins, bluejays...

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  22. Squirrels aren't too bad, when we had a special squirrel proof bird feeder it was like a rats dining room!!! We have had a lot of starlings in the garden over the weekend. The blue tits, great tits and the robins are enjoying the suet pellets and dried meal worms I have out, I suppose they may be feeding their new-borns?
    I love watching the birds, very therapeutic. I just wish I had a camera in the nesting box to see what was going on!

    Have a good week, hope your weather is sunny and warm? Love Jackie.x

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  23. We have the same feeder and I have yet to keep them off...they jump from trees, climb the darn pole so I'm thinking of a baffle even though the feeder is squirrel proof!...:)JP

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  24. Hi Pam...I am back in the bloggin world and always look forward to see what you have been seeing through your camera lens. I look forward to seeing what is all happening in New Bruinswick . We have a new property and I have said a few times how I would like to have a couple of squirrels to watch! Have a great week!

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  25. I see you are in New Brunswick. I live on New Brunswick Lane in my little beach community. Although, it has been shortened to just Brunswick over the years. We have the old street sign with New Brunswick hanging in our dining room.

    Your photos are just beautiful.

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  26. Squirrels sure are clever critters, aren't they? They aren't easy to outsmart!

    The best time to put up a feeder here in Ontario is mid-October through November. The birds have likely found another source of food for spring and summer. Good luck. :))

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  27. Yes, I think you definitely need to move that feeder to another place! : )
    Glad to hear, Pamela, that you have warm weather.

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  28. Hahahaaa....nope....not working!
    Love the shot!
    hughugs

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  29. I know he shouldn't be eating the food for the birdies but he's very cute - who could begrudge him a few seeds!!! Lovely photos and it must have been a lot of fun watching him work out how to get to the food.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, hope you have a great week.

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  30. Oh dear...those squirrels are far too smart! Yay...for your warm weather.

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  31. Such good 'naughty squirrel' pics - they're almost impossible to keep away and extremely smart. I've watched them sit and figure out how to get into each new version we've tried.....doesn't take them long either!!!

    Actually Pamela, we purchased a new one when at Lowe's garden center a couple of weeks ago - and it actually is the best so far. We returned to get another but can't find anymore (guess everyone else liked them too!) so will wait and see if they get them in, or order one on line. Our previous one for the front garden is a beauty but holds 10 lbs. of seed and they eat 9-1/2 lbs. in a couple of days - poor little birdies get very little chance to even get close! The seed is so expensive now also. I'll send you a pic later.

    My chickadees are back and forth into the porch birdhouse so probably have eggs, or maybe even chicks by now, although I don't hear any sounds! Sadly it's impossible to see inside - I need a periscope! Yesterday while out there watering the hanging baskets one of the parents got very agitated and kept flying back and forth at me - I came in because I don't like to disturb them.

    Hugs - Mary

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  32. The only birds we see here are crows, turkey vultures, and the occasional blue jay...not quite the bunch one would like at a bird feeder. Hope that you can get the squirrels discouraged from trying the feeder.

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