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I hate them with their long tails and their stupid twitchy noses .....
on 21 May 2013
Unlike the Blackadder scene, I drew the line at shooting squirrels, but when I found a rat sitting INSIDE the squirrel-proof feeder happily munching the bird food, enough was enough. The squirrels normally take a day or so to hatch a cunning plan to overcome any deterrent,and they are always loitering around my bird feeders, instead of leaping from tree to tree like the free range extreme sports enthusiasts that they should be.
I bought two baffles, attached them to my Gardman deluxe feeders and sat back to observe. Magic, glorious magic, inventor I could kiss you! As long as you position the feeder so that squirrels can't jump from something else onto the top of the feeder, it is impossible for them to climb up - IMPOSSIBLE! They are intelligent enough to know when they are beaten too - there is no more loitering, they have just moved on.
My joy then ran over as a rat shimmied up the pole (just like we used to attempt to do in PE classes up a rope), investigated the underside of the baffle, and them shimmied straight down again. I smiled one huge satisfied smug smile - I do like to feel we are a superior species (although his shimmying was impressive it has to be said .....).
So now I can buy cheap feeders with no cages, the birds are plentiful and plump breasted, and my feeders are completely mammal-free.
1.) You find yourself banging on the window, clapping your hands loudly, and running down the garden waving like a windmill,
2.) You become ever-so-slightly obsessed with googling "squirrels"
3.) You spend too much time on Amazon researching how to deter pesky squirrels
You know it is time to buy a baffle. Go on, you know you want to, just so you can say "what squirrel?".