A Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder? Well, There Is One…

Actually, there is a squirrel-proof feeder – at least at my house – that works like a charm. It’s one of those lucite lean-to looking things that sticks to your window with suction cups. Not as elaborate as some of the nice cedar or metal birdfeeders out there, this one is cool because you can stick it to a window evon on the second floor and the squirrels can’t get to it. (That is if it isn’t close to the roof, a tree, a railing or anything else that gives the wiley little buggers a leg up!)bird-feeder

Of course there are drawbacks to these as well – because they’re stuck to the window, if it’s off the ground you have to OPEN the window to fill it or do it from outside with a ladder or something (ridiculous), so I put mine in my livingroom window, which is one of three right next to each other. I have to open the window next to it and reach out to fill the feeder. A pain, yes. Worth it? Definitely!

Even though my website RemoveSquirrels.com is focused on getting rid of squirrels, they do have their moments. Here’s my favorite squirrel video this week – not a new one but I just came across it and it’s awesome: Squirrels Gone Wild. Enjoy!!!

RemoveSquirrels.com is a website that I created a few years ago.  Like many things in my life that have gone  unresolved, I started writing about it to learn more about them and resolve the probleSquirrels=Cute, but Annoyingm(s) in one way or the other over time. And THAT goes for SQUIRRELS tenfold. Unfortunately, I’m still writing but it hasn’t been resolved…

I used to like squirrels. Every home I have ever owned has had squirrels. We had a house in Maine one time where we had a feeder hanging outside our dining room window 2 stories off the ground, and those little buggers would leap off the roof to get to it! Occasionally they would fall to the driveway, you’d feel sure they probably had at minimum some serious internal injuries, but nope! Up and off they would go, to come back and fight another day. Entertaining.

Like I said, it used to be cute.

I also like birds. Just to watch, no Audobon-like behaviors or anything. A couple of years ago I had a bird feeder perched on top of a dead tree stump about 15 feet high – perfect.  All kinds of Adirondack-loving birds showed up. But then came the squirrels. They ravaged my nice feeder, no joke. Then came the flying squirrels at night…ridiculous. Tore the windows out of it and ate everything in sight, knocking a good portion of seed to the ground as they went, an open invitation to all creatures great and small, apparently.

Next thing you know, weeks later, there’s a racoon sitting up there big as life eating out of the thing in broad daylight, looking at me like, “Where’s my Coke, lady?”  Later that summer, we had a black bear roaming our neighborhood tearing up all the feeders. He showed up in our garage one night drinking out of the dog dish . My husband nearly tripped over him when he opened the kitchen door.

Can I really blame that on the squirrels? You better believe it. I gave up my bird feeder last year, but they must have gotten a good start or like the neighborhood. They’re STILL everywhere.  Arrrgghhh!!!

I get emails from folks a lot who express frustration and amazement at these guys…no matter what they do, doesn’t seem to help.  Feel free to share your experience or just pay a visit.

The Accidental Celebrity: Popularity of Squirrels

Popularity of squirrelsSo…what is it with the popularity of squirrels? It seems every time I turn on my TV or browse YouTube, I come across snippets of film that shows squirrels terrifying people, or  making them laugh, or simply annoying the heck out of them. How, pray tell, did squirrels suddenly become the darling of John Q. Public and the media? Make no mistake about it – even though they are portrayed in a negative light, squirrels are ‘in’. Yup, that’s right. Popular. Trendy. Current. Sexy, if you will.

So, let’s think about that. Here we have a rodent-like creature scurrying around the fringes of our homes and businesses. As rodents go, squirrels are a cross between being the James Dean and the James Bond of the ratty set, with sleek bodies, luxurious tails, and a street-smart attitude, even in the most remote residential areas. Bad boys. Living on the fringes, thumbing their noses at conventional norms and polite society.

Can it be that squrrels epitomize everything we love and hate in ourselves? The fearlessness, the brash disregard for social etiquette, and the ability to stay cool under any circumstances while continuing to operate with impunity? No wonder we can’t decide whether we want to remove squirrels from our immediate environment, or hang their posters in our basement.

Ah, yes…the “bad boys” of  Mother Nature. And don’t most of us deep down love the bad boys?

 

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