Date: 5/17/24 11:05 am
From: Lynn Erla Beegle (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Keeping squirrels away from feeders
Switch to safflower seed. Rodents cannot digest it and birds prefer it.
Good on tray feeders for cardinals doves and fledglings or in regular tube
I have one chipmunk that likes safflower but no gray squirrels touch it.
Lynn Erla Beegle Raleigh NC

On Fri, May 17, 2024, 12:03 PM Michael Fogleman <carolinabirds...>

> A baffle on a pole works as long as the squirrel can't jump from a nearby
> object.
> I have a few of these in my backyard and the squirrels can't get past them:
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> Michael
> On Fri, May 17, 2024 at 10:56 AM Sophia Cox <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>> Good morning, all.
>> Fortunately, our own feeders are not usually plagued by squirrels—our
>> “squirrel-proof” feeders really are close to squirrel-proof. But my
>> grandmother in Rhode Island keeps calling me, increasingly frantic, because
>> “the piggy squirrels gobble up the birdseed.” She lives alone and gets
>> great joy from watching the birds, but the squirrels are driving her crazy
>> when they empty her seed.
>> We sent her a supposedly squirrel-proof feeder, and she has it hanging
>> from a pole attached to her deck railing, but she says it does nothing.
>> “They hang from their little back toesies and they eat it. They’re carnival
>> squirrels and there’s a whole colony. And your grandmother is not paranoid.
>> She is in her right mind. But she is going out of her mind.”
>> She’s also tried cayenne pepper (and some more unusual strategies like
>> putting plastic red lizards and wind chimes out in the hope of scaring away
>> the squirrels). She has considered sitting outside all day with a water gun
>> to squirt at them but says she doesn’t have time for that.
>> I have run out of suggestions for her and thought I’d see if anyone else
>> has ideas.
>> Meanwhile, I’ve been watching a male bluebird feed his newly fledged
>> young at my bird feeders here in Clemson. Happy birding, all!
>> Best,
>> Sophie
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