|Squirrels in Bella Vista were aggressive and fearless,|
so they mocked my squirrel-proof feeder and used the
mechanism to jiggle seed into their mouths.
They had oak trees galore but tore into every feeder I had.
I have three feeding stations for the birds, next to our bedroom window. The fourth is empty since suet is a mess in the heat of summer. The hanging and platform feeders have black oil sunflower seeds, and the alleged squirrel-proof feeder is filled with thistle for the finches. Thistle is the least likely to be raided by squirrels, so using thistle or nyjer has worked well. The tiny seeds last a long time.
The Jackson EZ Bird Swing is just above the platform feeder, used by all the birds as they look over their feeding options or use it to open seeds with their beaks, as the chickadees always do.
The platform feeder gets a large cup of seeds daily, so the birds can stand ankle deep in snacks and rummage for food. That is how Grandson Alex saw a male cardinal close-up for the first time. He was quite impressed that I loaded up the feeders just for him.
The young squirrels also like the platform feeder and spend an inordinate amount of time sitting there eating and batting birds away. Sometimes I tire of that and open the sliding window, protected by a screen - of course. The squirrel will launch himself as far away as he can. Some have learned to move out of sight, a few inches away, only to return and resume the feast a few seconds later. I have even seen a rodent head slowly come into view as he searched for my presence near the window.
The other day I looked for birds on the platform feeder and saw only a young squirrel. I walked over to the window and opened it quickly. He was so engrossed in stuffing himself that he did not notice. "Getting saucy with me, eh?" I said, and I slammed the window shut with a bang. The squirrel jumped straight up instead of flinging himself away. He collided with the bird swing, breaking it open with his flinty noggin.
|This is our style of hanging feeder from Lowe's.|
Someone had a squirrel too full to stay alert.
The swing consists of two chains hanging down with a metal bar across the links. To hold the bar in place, I used electrical tape, which worked for a year. I found the roll of tape and fixed the problem. The squirrel came back, as I expected.
Several young squirrels eat at the platform, but not the mature ones. Nevertheless, the squirrels do not eat all the food and let birds eat there often. Some visitors are:
- Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal, whose love nest is in the Crepe Myrtle bush in the front.
- Mourning Doves
- Various Woodpeckers
- One Crow
- Tourists - unidentified.
|Norma Boeckler's Bluebird.|
We saw them often in Bella Vista, but not in Springdale - so far.