I’ve been pretty lucky with my bird feeder. It’s on the front (street) side of our house, and the rats with fluffy tails squirrels had been leaving my bird feeder alone. Til now. It started when we put fresh seed in the feeder after our vacation.
I politely explained to The Enemy that we were on the International Squirrel Do Not Call list. He stayed away from the feeder for a day, warily eyeing me from the neighbor’s roof. He knew right where to look, as I may have opened the window previously and growled at him (I’m so mature).
I decided to move the feeder closer to the sidewalk and closer to the end of a thin branch. I knew this wouldn’t prevent The Enemy from revisiting the feeder, but I hoped it would be a deterrent.
Oh, yeah, he was so deterred. This time I re-explained the Do Not Call list to him again, and for emphasis I punctuated it with a rock.
Did you know that non-flying squirrels can fly? He sprang through the air to the neighbor’s tree. It was quite a sight. He’s still coming back, and now he brings a friend (probably his legal counsel).