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I wonder if I’ve found a solution to Cyril the Squirrel not being able to empty a feeder of Sunflower hearts ? I do hope so.

We have a Shepherds hook type feeder ,on a long pole,and the little devil uses his acrobatic skills to shimmy up it,and hang by his tail, or approach from the hangers to access them upside down. Either way,he manages to empty the lot,and the poor little Goldfinches,Blue tits etc ,don’t get stand a chance..so..This is what I’ve tried..

I have smeared Petroleum Jelly on the full length of the pole,and the top perches of the hangers, and waited ….

When he arrived yesterday ,and in a way,I felt a bit sorry for him,but it was so comical,watching him sliding down the pole,and not been able to get to them,from any angle,as he tried every way possible… He gave up in the end,and sat on the fence,licking the jelly off his paws.:o)

We haven’t seen him since !
We do have another feeder with Fat balls he could get to,but obviously he has an acquired taste :o)

I know they all have to feed,but I have missed seeing my other little feathered friends,which have been keeping away,because the feeder has been emptied in no time.

I’ll let you know if it has worked on a permanent basis,and if so, I’ll need to buy some more Petroleum Jelly,to keep him slipping and sliding :o) x ..

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Laughing myself silly reading this! But be warned, Michael is on the phone to the RSPCA to report you for causing mental harm to the Squirrel . . . :o)) x

28 Nov, 2021

 

Lol,Shirley, glad it made you laugh this morning,and as for Michael 'dobbing' me in ! ,I wont' be answering my door to unknown callers today :o) I used to like Michael,too. ..ha ha. xx

28 Nov, 2021

 

Still smiling at the image in my head of the Squirrel slip-sliding away! I smeared Vaseline around the rims of some pots this year, to deter the slugs and snails from eating the Dahlias within, which it did. The downside was cleaning it off at the end of the season, hot soapy water and a brush eventually got it off, with a lot of elbow grease, not Vaseline, ha ha!

28 Nov, 2021

 

It really was so funny,Shirley, and I've done that in the past on the rims of pots,but not for a while now. I've just taken some photo's ,at 1'45pm,so you will see the feeder,still intact ,apart from the little birds taking their fill ,taken from indoors. Can't believe we have snow again today..! brrrr

28 Nov, 2021

 

Well done Sandra you've conquered it!!!
I also use the vaseline for deterring slugs..
A very handy product.My son has squirrel resistant feeders..
they have a spring attached and respond to the weight of them by closing the apertures.

28 Nov, 2021

 

Poor squirrel lol, although I must admit I would rather see a squirrel than a bird myself.

28 Nov, 2021

 

Congratulation Bloomer, we battle with squirrels all the time but they always win. So smart and acrobatic.

28 Nov, 2021

 

I think someone has labelled grey squirrels 'tree rats'. They are just as intelligent..

28 Nov, 2021

 

I like Squirrels too,Hywel ,as they are so intelligent ,but I also love Birds..If only 'Cyril' would realise the feeder next to it has Fat balls in it, and suet pellets /mealworms on the wall.every morning:o) I think he needs glasses ! :o) x
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Oops.sorry Julia,almost missed you out ! I have heard the Squirrel proof feeders are very good,but also heard that some have managed to even get into those! I guess it might be one of the cheaper ones,that aren't as secure..
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Klahanie, we only seem to get the one,although there were two not long ago,so it might have found a better source .,or met it's fate.. :o(
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Yes,I've heard them referred to as' tree rats',Ange. not the most flattering of names for them :o) just a shame our native Red Squirrels have declined so much over the years....

28 Nov, 2021

 

Your blog made me smile and brought back some happy memories.
Many years ago OH highly polished the feeder poles with the same effect. It made the girls laugh so much. There are several Tom & Jerry cartoons where there is greasy pole. Same effects.

Some squirrel 'proof' feeders are so flimsy it takes a squirrel yes than an a minute to gnaw through the wire. Others truly are heavy duty and do the job.

28 Nov, 2021

 

I 'm glad I'm not the only one who greased a pole,Eileen ..ha ha. I can imagine our grandsons would find it very funny too..
I have read reports about the flimsy feeders too,so but for one,or possibly two Squirrels ,I won't be buying one of the expensive ones.. I'd rather buy an extra packet of Sunflower hearts ! Lol.

28 Nov, 2021

 

That really made me laugh Sandra! I could just picture it! Poor little squirrel, but as you say, we have to let the birds feed first!
I have a seed tray which was on one of these poles , mainly for my blackie but the starlings would swoop down and take all the meal worms. So I took it off and went down to the bottom of the garden to put it on the arbour seat hidden behind a shrub. That worked a treat and the blackie was there like a shot. By lunchtime, and I don't know how these starlings saw it hidden there, down they swooped and took the lot!
So, I am looking for another hiding place! Yesterday after he and the other little birds finished feeding, I brought it in!
I know the starlings are hungry as well but they don't leave anything for the others!

29 Nov, 2021

 

Water bowls and baths all frozen solid this morning ... Seagulls, a Crow, a Blackbird and Pigeons all tapping their beaks on the surface, trying to crack the ice. I managed to keep one bowl with moving water for about 15 minutes ... frozen over again now ... :o((

29 Nov, 2021

 

Stocks of Vaseline will be flying off the shelves now Sandra!
I am not a fan of grey squirrels but love the red ones. The grey ones are so bold round here and they seem to have no fear at all.
Good luck protecting those little birds and well done you for trying!

29 Nov, 2021

 

Haha Sandra! I can just picture him scratching his head in bafflement. What a tinker, emptying the whole lot, he must have been podged! I hope it continues to work, he sounds very determined, so you might be in for a surprise!

29 Nov, 2021

 

Rose,I seem to have replied to your comment about your Blackbird on my other blog ! Sorry,my brain hasn't warmed up yet ! lol xx

29 Nov, 2021

 

Shirley,I tried doing the same this morning.I only have one bird bath,but it was hard to remove,and like yours,it was soon frozen over again,so I've left it,and now the snow has melted in places,I'm hoping they can get some moisture from other sources x.

29 Nov, 2021

 

Ha ha,Chris,I wonder ? The tub I have is years old,so I wouldn't have been using it on anything else,but I think Cyril might have some nice soft paws now:o)
We still haven't seen him at all today,so maybe it's done the trick ? fingers crossed..x

29 Nov, 2021

 

Hello Janey, he really was so greedy,and couldn't possibly have eaten all those,I'm sure. He may have buried them for future use,like they do with nuts? .Some had fallen on the flags behind the feeders,so at least ,some of the other birds might have eaten them..or the cat who stands at the bottom of the steps every morning, looking longingly at the birds,without success,thank goodness,as I've seen him eating the suet pellets on the wall.! I can't win ,can I ? lol x

29 Nov, 2021

 

Senior moments then Sandra ! Haha!

30 Nov, 2021

 

We don't see red squirrels around here, we see grey ones usually but a couple of weeks ago I saw 2 or 3 black squirrels down by the river. I've seen individuals a few times over the last few years but I had never seen more than 1 at a time so I was pleasantly surprised to see several!

Hopefully your trick will keep Mr Squirrel away!

30 Nov, 2021

 

More and more of those every day,Rose ! Lol.x

30 Nov, 2021

 

No Red Squirrels here either,Balcony,more's the pity..I would love to see a Black one though,how unusual ! I didn't know there were any black ones,so that must have been quite a sight.Our 'Cyril' is certainly keeping away,unless he waits till we go out Lol. The seeds are still not going down at a fast rate,so that's a good sign .the other small birds have been making the most of them :o)

30 Nov, 2021

 

Interesting blog, Sandra! Another use for Vaseline! I usually just use it for dry lips in wintertime!
Poor little fellow…I’m a bit torn…I like to see both squirrel and feathered friends..
Hope Cyril gets the Vaseline off! He won’t have trouble with chapped lips or dry paws.

30 Nov, 2021

 

I've found a really interesting website that explains a lot on Squirrels - Red, Black or grey!

https://wildlifeworld.co.uk/pages/squirrels

It also explains why the black squirrels can be seen mostly in just three regions of the UK including Cambridgeshire, where I live.

1 Dec, 2021

 

Thank you Kate, and I must admit,I felt a bit guilty ,but then again,my next door neighbour has quite a few feeders in his front garden,and I've seen a squirrel there before,but was it Cyril ???.The Vaseline wasn't too thick,so I think he will have been ok:o) I've still not seen him today,but we have been out for most of it .I'll see what tomorrow brings .x

1 Dec, 2021

 

Thank you Balcony,I will have a look at that,it sounds interesting..

1 Dec, 2021

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