Taking a walk around the backyard, I realized that the snow had a few stories to tell.
Bird prints on the deck, likely looking for dropped seeds.
Squirrel prints everywhere as they seek out food.
This tells me that the rabbits are still around and chewing the woody shrubs.
The joy of having a male dog who likes to lift his leg on my plants. Do you remember your mother telling you never to eat yellow snow? As an adult, it looks gross but from the eyes of a toddler - who knows?
I was outside looking for a place to hang a new feeder.
I've had this squirrel-buster feeder that holds sunflower seeds for several years and the design works.
Many of the backyard birds like shelled peanuts...
and this simple metal feeder has been hanging from a tree but the squirrels are desperate and cling from it, chewing at the peanuts until empty.
Time to introduce another squirrel-buster feeder for peanuts.
Already the nuthatches and chickadees have found the tasty peanuts and it won't be long before the woodpeckers are on it too. With the construction of new homes in our rural area, many trees have been removed. Fifteen years ago when we moved here, one or two squirrels would frequent the backyard but now it's nothing to see seven or eight at once, fighting over seeds on the ground and trying to figure out how to steal them from the feeders.
I haven't been paid to promote these feeders but I find them so efficient I wanted to share them in case anyone else has a squirrel problem with their bird feeders.
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