Friday, November 1, 2013

For the Birds

When you have a yard full of squirrels trying to get food from the bird feeders, they'll go to any extent, whether a squirrel proof feeder or not.
This photo pretty much sums up how many people feel about them in their yard.
 I decided to take my squirrel proof peanut feeder and hang it on a hook from the eaves trough in front of the large kitchen window.
There have been a few small footprints on the window while eager paws reached toward the peanuts.  They've given up, but the birds are happy, and so am I.  Having the feeder close to the kitchen door means I won't have to trudge through snow up to my knees to fill the peanuts this winter.  I think I'll get another hook for the suet feeder to go beside the peanuts. 
Have you had battles with the squirrels emptying your bird feeders too?
On another note, has anyone updated to the new Apple OS Mavericks?  Strange things have been happening and a few things are not working any more.  (sigh)  Hopefully the company will get the bugs ironed out.

27 comments:

  1. You've reminded me that I need to set up one of my feeders. It is squirrel proof, fortunately. I can't but help admire their agility.

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  2. Very well done, Judith!

    I howled with laughter at the jail pics of the squirrel, how adorable is THAT? LOL.

    I only have seed and thistle - never tried peanuts. Love the chickadee pic, they're so danged adorable, aren't they?

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Great post and so true to life. We have the battle on going most of the time. They are clever and persistent. Don't you have a mac? I haven't heard of this upgrade but I don't always like what upgrades do. Happy November and have a nice weekend.

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  4. Hi Judith,
    Such amazing photos of nature and wildlife! I am so surprised you were able to snap those pictures without scaring the wee creatures away. Thank you so much for visiting me. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care,
    Karen

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  5. Love the squirrel mug shots lol The winter birds here are slowly making their way to the feeders and suet's , I have two feeders down low for the squirrels full of seed have done for years and so far these feeders keep them happy and off of the bird feeders lol ! Lovely photos . Still windy here but the sun has been popping out here and there ! We don't deal with Apple . Thanks for sharing ! Have a good weekend !

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  6. I love the mug shot! I think I've seen him in Florida...fleeing the law! heehee! I've seen so many birds this morning...I think some were goldfinches in the winter colors. Sweet hugs!

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  7. You feed them peanuts? Wow. Blessed birds. I don't feed the birds because we have so many squirrels with all the oak trees and we have so many roaming cats...herds of them. I do enjoy watching them when I put out suet for them closer to Christmas.

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  8. Well, that is about the best squirrel proof feeder I have seen to date! When we first moved to the woods I found that the squirrels here are like little kamikazes - they actually chewed through the feeder!
    I love that wanted poster for the squirrel... too cute for words but it sure made me smile! Thanks bunches girlfriend!
    Hugs

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  9. This is too cute, but I know what you mean. We have hundreds of squirrels around us and they are always getting in my bird feeder.

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  10. The squirrels try to get in my feeders too. I have pretty much circumvented them in most cases. Pesky little critters.

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  11. I will resist the the new Mac OS until the bugs are worked out. We had squirrels at the other house. We sort of lived in peaceful co existence. Here we see a squirrel once in a while, but they have not been a problem. Good photos.

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  12. I don't keep any feeders up, although I do have many shrubs and a tree that all have berries for them. The squirrels make me crazy enough already. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  13. Oh I could not stop laughing with the detained squirrel ..I spit my coffee out..too funny...

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  14. LOL, you have to work extra hard to foil those rascally squirrels! We've had more problems with the deer eating our bird seed than the squirrels.

    I have downloaded Mavericks but haven't installed it yet. DH is installing it on our laptop first to see how it goes. It is the designated guinea pig. Whatever it does, it better not mess up Photoshop or else I could go postal, LOL.

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  15. Judith I am so relating to you on this. At both our country and city homes ... the squirrels are determined to "share" in the food for the birds. Leaving behind a hugs mess of bird feed on the ground and empty bird feeders. happy week-end, C. (HHL)

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  16. Judith this is all about me and how I try and keep the squirrels out of the feeders, I've gone to long measures. Another trouble I have is this chipmunck that gets into the feeder and fills both checks and then can't get out through the hole. Little piggy he is.

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  17. Judith, that wanted sign with their criminal numbers was so adorable! I am sure that those are the same faces that I have seen around. We had a lovely English walnut tree and had collected the nuts and saw that the squirrels were stealing our collection so we put a piece of plywood over the wagon/wheel barrel and one day we drove in and saw a squirrel banging his head up against the plywood, from the bottom. He ran off. We lifted the plywood and the little thieves had taken 99% of the nuts. It was kind of funny but very disappointing.

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  18. Dear Judith
    Such an interesting post!I am reading this
    post with smile and smile!!I think that squirrel is pretty. I think you used a telephoto lens to take a shot of your squirrel.

    I have never struggled with squirrels in my yard. I should go to a zoo to see them.
    Happy weekend!
    Tomoko

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  19. Haha..love the squirrels mug shot!!
    We finally found a feeder that keeps the little thieves at bay just last year.
    Love the images of the birds finally eating at peace.
    xo

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  20. Hard to believe, but out in the country, we don't have any squirrels. Might be all the cats we have outdoors? Not sure. That's a pretty feeder and seems to attract many different birds.

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  21. I am happy not to have to battle the squirrels. No feeders just suet carefully placed.

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  22. Sounds like a win-win situation -- outwit the clever squirrels, get closer looks at the birds, and not the least, avoid the snowy trudge out to the feeders! Good deal (except for the squirrels) but they'll find another restaurant!

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  23. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. I love how you have not given up with the squirrels and have come up with ways to beat them. My son climbed the big tree in our front yard and created a pulley system for the big feeder. We let it down to fill it and haul it up mid air for the birds to feed. No squirrels. It is working great. Love the photos with the convict numbers.

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  24. That is too funny! love the squarel mug shots!!
    We bought a bird feeded called "the squarel stumper " and the box said it was a guarantee to keep the squarles out of the birdseed.... needless to say the squarels figuared it out within one day.... they are clever little things. :)

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  25. Hi Judith, Would you believe I deliberately feed the squirrels? I have corn out for them. You captured some great bird photos, Judith; the little squirrel is cute too. We don't have grey squirrels here - just the red ones. Some cities have black squirrels and they are interesting to see.
    Hugs, Beth

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  26. Love those mug shots! I updated to Mavericks last week, but so far (knock on wood) nothing has been a problem.

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