Sunday, April 21, 2013

Grey Squirrel Antics in Bird Alley

These pictures might be better titled, " Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
 The photo above shows my caged bird feeder.  The interior cylinder holds the bird food.  I love this feeder as it offers the seeds to those little birds that can navigate themselves within the cage to feed.  Thus Blue Jays, Grackles, Blackbirds  and other larger birds cannot get within to scatter the seeds wastefully.  We were entertained one day to see a little red squirrel sitting within the cage munching away, But we thought no way could the larger creatures that frequent Bird Alley get to the food.  Raccoons have knocked the feeder on the ground several times and for a short while the top of the cylinder covering the interior seed holder was missing.  We assumed it had been ripped off by a raccoon. It was while the top was missing that this Grey Squirrel got very inventive.  In the picture below you can see the Grey Squirrel had pushed itself halfway down the feeder to get to the bird food at the bottom. 
 And in this last picture the Squirrel has succeeded in reaching the food at the bottom!  And, no, the squirrel didn't get stuck, it just up-righted itself again after feeding and once again sat on the top of the feeder.
 Since taking these pictures I have found the missing top of the feeder and tied it back in place.  It was amusing yesterday to watch the Grey Squirrel trying to figure out why it couldn't get to the food source anymore.
The latest update of squirrels and our cage feeder is this photo below just taken this morning.  A little Red Squirrel has once again found its way into the caged feeder.  Its squeezes its little supple body between the square openings created by the wires that create the cage.


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Determined little critters. It seems there is no such a thing as a squirrel proof feeder.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Wow, pretty impressive! I guess it just goes to show that you should never underestimate the determination of a hungry squirrel!

Pamela Gordon said...

Those are great photos. And so funny about the grey squirrel finding it way into the silo feeder! We saw a feeder like this on the weekend but I said no to it as I figured the red squirrels could fit through the square holes easily. Guess I was right. We bought one of those 'squirrel proof' feeders with the weighted ends on it instead. We'll see if it works. (I hope it does as it was pricey!)

Riel Nason said...

I honestly laughed out loud. Crazy squirrel. They are SO determined.