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Old 10-27-2010, 03:42 PM
 
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Yep, I found one. It attaches to my second story window outside my office. Twenty feet of nothing but hardy plank between any bear and this seed. No trees close enough even if he tried to jump. In fact, a squirrel tried to jump today and fell all the way to the ground. I think they have 12 lives though, he just scampered away.

Now to see if birds come. Not today, of course - too rainy.

I'll keep you posted.

Guy "Smarter than the average bear" Friendly
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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Bear proof, Mr. Friendly? I'd like one of those in Murphy. Nothing here is bear proof (especially in March). This past summer my Dad was sitting in his garage and one wandered in. Dad was sleeping in a lawn chair and didn't even realize there was a bear until he was very close. I think the addition of more dogs will solve that problem.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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Hey Guy, if you get a phone call later this afternoon, be very afraid. It'll be the bear calling from upstairs.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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Update:

It may be that I got a bird-proof feeder as well. No birds have come yet (no bears, either).

I put some peanuts out for the squirrels and they took a couple but pretty much ignored them. The ravens, however, loved them.

We'll see if the change in weather (rain and snow) brings anything. I'm gonna leave the feeder out until the birds find it, even if it take a month.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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GF,
They will come, but by not having close by/close-in trees, or a deck rail, or something for the birds to congregate on and retreat to,
may reduce the variety of species. Titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, et al, are snatch and retreat birds. The perching birds will get
used to it, the "ground pounders" will take some time.

Having had feeders of all kinds for the past 25 years, I find that many of the ground type species have a hard time with a hanging feeder.

And, the proximity to your house probably isn't helping...not criticizing, as you did what you could to dodge the bears. I would put up another
feeder in your normal spot, after ol'Smoky has cooped for the winter.
GL, mD

PS: imo, some of the best seed, esp for the price, is the large box of multi-bag seed at Sam's Club called MorningSong Backyard Bird Buffet;
comes in a beer case sized box of 5 X 7 lb bags, very good quality, no crappy millet, and a good price.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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PS: imo, some of the best seed, esp for the price, is the large box of multi-bag seed at Sam's Club called MorningSong Backyard Bird Buffet;
comes in a beer case sized box of 5 X 7 lb bags, very good quality, no crappy millet, and a good price.
Exactly the seed I got. Thx.

There are trees quite close, just not close enough for a squirrel to make the jump. I thinks the snatch and retreat birds will be fine once they find it. But I will, indeed, put up another feeder after Boo-Boo stops playing Bam-Bam with my feeders.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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The birds finally found the feeder! They are coming in like crazy now. Most common visitors so far:
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch

They like both seed and suet..

Last edited by GuyFriendly; 11-10-2010 at 10:58 AM..
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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new birds today: Pine Siskin (a type of finch) and ruby-crowned kinglet.
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Pictures? Where are the customary pictures???
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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Pictures? Where are the customary pictures???
Here you go.
Attached Thumbnails
Bear proof bird feeder installed-window_feeder-01.jpg   Bear proof bird feeder installed-window_feeder-02.jpg  
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