When we first moved into our house, my husband’s parents gave us a squirrel proof birdfeeder. For over 20 years, this birdfeeder has lived up to its name, baffling one generation of squirrels after another.
It is designed so that the weight of a squirrel on the perch will close the door , blocking access to the seeds. It also has a counterbalance on the back which is adjustable to different weights to allow or limit larger birds or squirrels.
But it met its match the other day and lost to a smart squirrel. Maybe not as smart as just persistent.
Look at how the squirrel uses its hind feet on the counterbalance to keep the trapdoor open.
Then it figured out a method of getting the seeds without being able to see its objective.
Okay, it is clever, but not all that clever since the first picture posted was the last picture I took. It got greedy and tried to climb over the perch and wham, the door shut.
Don’t worry. The squirrels are well fed in our yard since we put feed on the ground for the birds who don’t like feeders and for the squirrels and chipmunks who inhabit the yard too. Plus the birds flick seeds out of the feeder, adding to what is already on the ground.
When our hummingbird feeder hung unvisited by the little avian beauties for a couple weeks, I thought that maybe they were not going to return to our yard this summer. But, several days ago, my husband noticed a hummer at the feeder. Soon, there was competition for the male ruby throated hummer, so it was time to hang the second feeder. The birds are very territorial and tend to guard “their” feeder and not let others near it. The feeder in the front yard has been claimed by a male so I hung a second feeder in the back yard and that one is guarded by a female. Of course other hummers try and do succeed at getting to the feeder.
This makes for some interesting tactical maneuvers and chase scenes. There is never a dull moment when the hummingbirds are around. Although hummingbirds are very fast fliers, they have the unique ability to hover for long periods of time which makes it a little easier to get a picture of them.
To learn more about how hummingbirds hover, go to Mo Castandi’s post on the subject.
For feeding hummingbirds, I follow the Hummingbird Society’s guidelines of using a 1 part pure cane sugar to 4 parts water. For more information, click on the link to go the website.