Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
That IS one chubby squirrel!!! He looks like I feel after eating all of those Christmas goodies for the last month!! Tee hee I keep saying I'm going to hang and fill my feeders again, but last time I did it, the squirrels had a field day with the feeders and the birds got next to nothing. Grrr!
From the size of him I'd say he's had most of the bird food already.
reminds me of the squirrels in my old garden that would outsmart us and get the feeders no matter what we did...that squirrel is certainly contemplating his options and thinking how he will crack this nut!!
:) I have that very same feeder, and the squirrel hops onto it from the tree trunk and hangs off the edges. Because it closes when he hops onto it, I don't know what he gets out of it...perhaps a few minute crumbs. In your photo, you can just see his brain working as he tries to figure out how he can get to those morsels. I don't like there antics with the feeders, but I do appreciate their intelligence.
It's a constant battle isn't it? You want to feed the birds, particularly in the cold weather; but those darn squirrels always seem to get there first :/ I have, however, found a feeder that the squirrels simply cannot get to! Yay! I won this battle, but surely not the war. Great pictures Beth :)
Your squirrels are so much fatter than ours! I took some pics of squirrels over Christmas in Michigan and it is amazing how much bigger they are! The feeders in my garden are well protected against the squirrels otherwise they would eat them empty in no time. I think they have finally decided that they have to find their food elsewhere...goodness I have plenty of acorns lying around!
@Toni: Yes, he is chubby! Or maybe just plumped up with fur for the winter. We originally put the feeder up without the squirrel guard and he was eating all the seed. The guard seems to be helping, but I think it's making him mad. (hehe)@Elaine: Yes, he did! That's why we put a squirrel guard up around the base. Take that, squirrel!@Donna: Yeah, he stayed in that spot for quite a while trying to figure out how to get beyond the squirrel guard. So far, it's keeping him "up a tree."
@Michelle: Yes, they are conniving little critters! He sat on that branch for a good long time. I think you're right--he was trying to figure out how to get beyond the squirrel guard.@Diane: Thanks! I'd be curious to hear more about your feeder. I think, at least for now, we're winning the battle with the squirrels. They don't seem to like the cone guard. And the birds are making more appearances. Yay!@Karin: He is a fat guy, isn't he? I'm sure he can find plenty of food elsewhere this year with no snow and the warm weather. But he probably enjoys the challenge of trying to conquer the feeder, too. ;-)
When it comes to squirrels, I must say I have waved the flag of surrender. I find that the easiest way to keep the squirrels out of my bird feeders is to provide them with an alternative. So now I fill a hanging birdbath with sunflowers seeds.
They are such clever creatures, I wouldn't be surprised if he figures out a way to get to that bird food eventually. Last year my dog about went crazy watching a squirrel draped over the bird feeder outside my living room window. Her barking sure scared all the birds away, but not that squirrel!
OMG...so true! Our squirrels seem able to conquer anything to get what they want!
Ha, that is one plump looking squirrel! My squirrels also like to climb the tree nearest the bird feeder to look longingly over at the buffet. Instead they have to be content with what falls to the ground!
@Jennifer: Wow, a separate feeder! We're kind of to the point where we'll take measures to keep the squirrels out, but if they get some of the seed, oh well. This feeder is too far away from the tree for the squirrel to hop over. And the globe guard seems to help. :)@Rose: I know--squirrels are so tame! I wouldn't be surprised either if he finds a way. I have another photo of him hugging the pole, but the photo was too blurry to post. He's obviously looking for a way...@Scott: Pesky little critters, aren't they? It was kind of fun watching this guy because he had free rein before we put the squirrel guard up, and then he was frustrated after we installed it.@Indie: That's the goal! He does occasionally scamper over under the feeder to get the crumbs, but he hasn't gotten up to the feeder since we installed the guard. Yay!
Perfect. I loved this post and can very much identify with it! I hope you will post an update later so we will know if he or she finds a way into the feeder. My experience is that the birds will lose . . . eventually. But I hope not!
What a lovely, chubby, little rascal! ;)
Great pictures, that squirrel looks as if it were trying to figure out a way to get some of that food!
@Debra: So far, the birds are winning! They hang out by the feeder at midday each day. The squirrels are going elsewhere for food now. But there's no snow, so food is plentiful for all creatures. :)@Dona: Tee hee. That is true! I'm not a huge fan of squirrels, but he's kinda cute. :)@Masha: Yes, he was mad at us that day. I haven't seen him on the branch since, so he must have given up...for now!
They look like they are plotting to me. Our squirrels will take down whole feeders. They broke the one that slides down when they get on it so they can't eat from it. Naughty creatures!
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