Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 10/11/2015

Photo taken on October 11, 2015

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Err, just a minute This is a SQUIRREL feeder you know

Err, just a minute This is a SQUIRREL feeder you know
It's not a NUTHATCH feeder !! You've got your own I can't reach.

Every morning I scatter some seed on the wall here for birds which cannot use the seed feeder. Invariably the squirrels put on their vacuum effect and the food soon goes. I decided to try a special squirrel feeder to divert them. Their food (peanuts, sunflower, hazel nuts, beech nuts) goes in a hopper under that black lid which, so the theory goes, the squirrels soon learn to lift but the birds can't. In truth, the nuthatch is more at home on this feeder than any of the squirrels. We've had it about a week. To begin with I placed it on the fence where the squirrels usually patrol. I had placed some of the squirrel food on the platform to encourage them but it was the Great Tit and the Nuthatch which were on there within 5 minutes. No squirrels came anywhere near it. So I decided to try the wall so popular with the hungry squirrel. Well, one squirrel sniffed it by stretching along the wall and the other sniffed it off the lawn. Neither went anywhere near the "tempting" nuts and they both disappeared even though there was no other food available. So, I suppose, the roles are being reversed with the birds eating the squirrel food for once. I'll keep trying but it is amusing to watch those usually cavalier squirrels being so timid.

Both shots were taken through the double glazed window so are not as clear as I would normally expect.