Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Now what?

I've been feeding birds since I moved here and have my lovely deck.  It's been fun to watch them.  When I first started I had a problem with raccoons cleaning out the feeders overnight.  So I've just been bringing the feeders at night - putting them out in the mornings.  And recently the raccoons seem to have moved on to greener pastures. There has been a feral cat living under my deck, being fed by my next door neighbors.  The neighbors moved a couple of months ago, and I haven't seen the cat in a week or so.  In the past, I've not had any problems with squirrels, and I assumed that was because the cat was big enough to keep them away. 

Well, guess what!  Now I have a squirrel, trying all sorts of ways to get to the goodies in the feeders.  As long as I'm sitting in my chair, I can get up and run him off.  But, obviously, I can't do that all the time.  And I have no clue has to what I can rig up to keep him away from the feeders.  Any suggestions?  (And getting a cat or dog is NOT an option!)


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