It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! How Are You Celebrating It?
Did you know that today, January 21, 2018, is Squirrel Appreciation Day?
I never even knew there was such a thing as Squirrel Appreciation Day- it’s amazing what you can learn on the internet! What are your feelings toward these furry little rodents? Chances are you either love them or hate them- there usually isn’t a middle ground when it comes to squirrels.
As an avid bird watcher, I was never a big fan of squirrels. They usually found a way to access every bird feeder and completely devour all of the seed. Not to mention all of the feeders they destroyed by chewing their way through them to get at the seed! I tried many tricks to keep them from eating all of the birdseed- from baffles to slinkies, to hanging the feeder from fishing line, putting a bowl type baffle over the top of a hanging feeder, even hot pepper mixed into the seed. Nothing worked! My final attempt at using stove pipe seems to have done the trick! I placed a 6 inch (15 cm) diameter section of stove pipe over the pole that the feeder sits on. They have tried many times to get up the pole but finally gave up. The stove pipe is too big for them to get a good grip on and climb up to the treasured seed.
Now that the squirrels are behaving, I actually enjoy watching them and their antics. We have at least one that has taken over one of the birdhouses we placed in the woods behind our house. I’m hoping that it has a mate and we will see babies this spring.
So, as I wait for the weather to warm up, I can look out my window and appreciate these little rodents for the cute little furballs they are. I love watching them run, jump, climb and chase each other around the yard. They are quite an entertaining bunch.
I hope you can train your squirrels to avoid your bird feeders and appreciate them a little more. There is always enough birdseed on the ground for them to eat, so there is no reason for them to invade your bird feeders. Spring will be here before we know it and there will be a lot more squirrels for us to watch and enjoy.
Tell me- are you a fan of squirrels or do you despise them? How do you keep them out of your bird feeders? Please share your advice with others.
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