April 8 – To catch a thief

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Just found out that it’s not okay to relocate them. So we will stop immediately and get feeders that they can’t get into.

The squirrels have been getting into my bird feeders, the little varmints. Not okay. Bird seed and suet are too darn expensive to feed them, and they also chew up the feeders. Definitely not okay.

I know that lots of people think they’re cute and have all this amazing agility (the agility part is true), but I don’t want them here. Therefore, Nolemana sets out a humane trap, with peanut butter on the trip lever. We have caught a few squirrels this way and we release them somewhere else in a treed area where they can go bother each other. We try hard to get babies on their own or grown ones before baby squirrel season arrives. We’re not mean enough to deprive babies of their mothers.

For awhile, we are freed from the squirrels’ thievery, but of course, nature abhors a vacuum, and in a month or two, we have to go through the routine all over again. But right now we’re in the middle of a catch and release phase, and today I took this little trickster’s photo. Just don’t tell me he’s cute. He’s really nothing but a thief.

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4 Responses to April 8 – To catch a thief

  1. Debra says:

    Oh yes-I agree. They are a pain. We put up with them for years-all the seed they went through, all the feeders they chewed through-no more! My husband bought me a squirrel-proof feeder that works! Also a squirrel-proof suet feeder from Walmart. The feeder was very expensive-but worth every penny. 100 bucks. It has paid for itself many times over. They can’t chew it-they can’t get fed. They leave. Thee end. It’s from Wild Birds Unlimited, the ‘Eliminator’ style. (I may have mis-spelled that). I can tell you it works. For the suet-get one of those cages, the big round ones, and then put two of the square little cages inside that big round one. I rigged up a wire for the top of each little cage, so I can just swing it open to refill it. We were overrun with squirrels. Now we have NONE. And also-it’s a lot of fun to watch them when you first hang out the feeder-they try SO Hard to get the seed-but they can’t!!

  2. AFK says:

    He look as though he’s saying “Wot, boddah you?” (Blalah squirrel. That would be a great band name.)

  3. Mokihana says:

    I will definitely check out that feeder, Debra. I’d rather not feed them than relocate them. Better for everyone! Thanks!

  4. Babooze says:

    Glad we no have dat problem here. Only theives we have are the Starlings all over the yard then the Magpies come in during the mating season and steal all the eggs from the other birds.

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