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Old 07-09-2018, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Never saw one last this long. Usually they are propelled into my window if they are stupid enough to hold on.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgDa...ature=youtu.be
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:03 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My dad put his bird house feeders on top of a 4 X 4 post. He had a regular feeder and a finch feeder. I added a suet cake holder. And the squirrels can't get to it. Daddy wrapped the post in thin sheets of tin, with the top sheet overlapping the bottom. That way the critters can't jump up and grab the top of the bottom and work their way up. They still get a good meal because of messy birds knocking so much on the ground. lol
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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I think that's kind of mean, but I'm a squirrel fan.

We built a bird feeder that squirrels can't get into...it's a tall pole with a very wide metal base at the top of the pole, and the feeder sits on top of the metal base. It's high enough off the ground and far enough from trees that squirrels can't jump onto it.

But I like to feed the squirrels at the other feeders. They're as much fun to watch as the birds.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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My dad put his bird house feeders on top of a 4 X 4 post. He had a regular feeder and a finch feeder. I added a suet cake holder. And the squirrels can't get to it. Daddy wrapped the post in thin sheets of tin, with the top sheet overlapping the bottom. That way the critters can't jump up and grab the top of the bottom and work their way up. They still get a good meal because of messy birds knocking so much on the ground. lol
With the spinning bird feeder there was seed that was getting knocked out. Squirrels are no dummies; there are probably a few boss squirrels on the ground that ordered the one to take the trip! Or the squirrels are doing the triple dare you thing just so the smart ones can eat. Squirrels will constantly test any system and, in the end, they will win. The batteries will go dead or a raccoon will break the mechanism or a bear will turn everything into scrap.

Just remember, while many think this is a cute video of how we are so much smarter than these little tree rats; they will win in the end. Persistence always beats the great brain!
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:56 PM
 
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My parents got a feeder that when a squirrel gets on it,it closes (I guess the weight from them triggers it to close)

I like Squirrels also so I put some food on the ground in a bowl and usally before long its gone......
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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With the spinning bird feeder there was seed that was getting knocked out. Squirrels are no dummies; there are probably a few boss squirrels on the ground that ordered the one to take the trip! Or the squirrels are doing the triple dare you thing just so the smart ones can eat. Squirrels will constantly test any system and, in the end, they will win. The batteries will go dead or a raccoon will break the mechanism or a bear will turn everything into scrap.

Just remember, while many think this is a cute video of how we are so much smarter than these little tree rats; they will win in the end. Persistence always beats the great brain!

I agree 100% and the second video that followed proves it. The squirrels are learning how to trick the system. The video that followed immediately after the above one is done in very slow motion. It shows a grey squirrel hanging on and maneuvering the tilt of it so that there is a constant spray of seeds spilling out of the holes as it spins. The slow motion is slow enough you can see the way the squirrel is adjusting and balancing his body dynamic to adjust the spin and tilt of the feeder to increase flow of seeds and he is very carefully watching and judging the flow of seeds that are spinning out of the feeder. Then he lets go, immediately adjusts his body in mid air so he'll land on his feet and then drops to the ground.

Pretty darned clever tactics if you ask me.


Slow motion squirrel


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A-7g-fl3g8


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Old 07-09-2018, 09:47 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I made a squirrel proof feeder.
3/8 inch threaded rod, 8 ft long; bicycle wheel; feeder; post.


The rod works as the axle for my wheel. So I thread the axle into my post. Then place the wheel 1 foot from the post and set up the wheel bearings just like I was going to ride it. Then hang the feeder on the end.


The squirrels have given up. They went the obvious route - up the post out the rod and over the wheel which rotated and dumped most of them off. Some hung on for dear life but could not climb up the spokes; every time they tried the wheel just dumped them again.
A few of them sat for a long time just staring through those spokes at my bird food. So near, yet......
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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Oh really, everybody?

Well we buy large bags of peanuts and sacks of quality bird seed and also sacks of black oil sunflower seed and more and our birds AND squirrels get their bellies full every single day of the week. They are welcome here. All sorts of creatures come to my home. The lizards (Knight anoles, smaller anoles, curlytails, and a very awesome and much larger Green Iguana) actually come to us for feeding as well as forage in our yard to eat all they wish. Water is provided for all and it is changed very frequently, as well as having the water bowls and clam shells cleaned well and filled with water.
I think people that don't like the animals are stupid...and, yes, I am very well educated on wildlife.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I think that's kind of mean, but I'm a squirrel fan.

We built a bird feeder that squirrels can't get into...it's a tall pole with a very wide metal base at the top of the pole, and the feeder sits on top of the metal base. It's high enough off the ground and far enough from trees that squirrels can't jump onto it.

But I like to feed the squirrels at the other feeders. They're as much fun to watch as the birds.
Agree - they each just need their own stuff. I've found that many of the birds I like will go for safflower seeds but the squirrels and grackles don't like those. Squirrels get peanuts in tubes they can get into but grackles only get the peanuts the squirrels have pulled out but picked over. Seems to work okay.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"I made a squirrel proof feeder. 3/8 inch threaded rod, 8 ft long; bicycle wheel; feeder; post." Picture ?

It's got to be cheaper then the $130 cost of the one in the first video, albeit not as entertaining! I too feed birds and squirrels.

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Gemstone1
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