It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! How Are You Celebrating It?

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.

 

Gray squirrel descending a tree. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Gray squirrel descending a tree- look at that little face… (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

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.

 

Sneaky squirrel stealing birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Sneaky squirrel stealing birdseed before installation of stove pipe. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Squirrels eating fallen birdseed below the feeder, deterred by stovepipe. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Squirrels eating fallen birdseed below the feeder, deterred by stove pipe. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

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.

 

Squirrel peaking out of a birdhouse.
Squirrel peaking out of a birdhouse.

 

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.

 

Gray squirrel eating birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Gray squirrel eating birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

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.

 

Squirrel sitting on the fence post. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Squirrel sitting on the fence post. (Photo- Karen Hance)

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.

Please subscribe if you haven’t already so you don’t miss any new posts. Share this and other posts with bird and nature-loving friends, family and co-workers- they’ll thank you! As we wait for the weather to break, keep those feeders filled and Happy Birding! ~Karen

 

 

 

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10 Replies to “It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! How Are You Celebrating It?”

    1. Thank you for visiting and I’m glad you liked the post. Squirrels are so cute the way the hold food with their little hands. They are quite the acrobats when it comes to raiding bird feeders.

  1. I love them!! I feed them at work every day and they get walnuts from me…so they come running when they see me! They really are sooo cute…have you noticed though they can sometimes not be very hospitable towards each other. They don’t like to share…and now that I have resolved my bird feeder situation I enjoy watching them and the birds dine together. They really are the cutest things…I love when they stand on the hind legs and the short little arms are there…and they are looking around. I did not know yesterday was Squirrel Appreciation Day though…guess I’ll have to make it up to them tomorrow!! Great post!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. It’s so much easier to appreciate them when they are not emptying our bird feeders.

      1. Lol, definitely!! In the morning, I now put out the two feeders, two bowls of seed poured on the ground and walnuts, and mixed nuts, like almonds, hazel nuts, etc. Some mornings it’s like Wild Kingdom out there…I love it!! 🙂

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