Foiled Again! *sigh*

So, my favorite caged bird feeder bit the dust when a raccoon chewed through the rope and sent the feeder crashing to the ground just right to bust the plastic.  No one carries the feeder I had for the price I had paid.  They are all ‘pretty’ and expensive now.  So I bought a $5 cheapo in the hopes spring would bring a better selection.  Well, it was so light that when the storms came it got bashed against the tree branch above it.  End of feeder.  We did without until I spotted a nice feeder seriously discounted down to $10.  Woot!

It was a ‘squirrel proof’ feeder. When the squirrel gets on the feeder the cage slides down to cover the feeding holes with metal leaves.  Hmmm.  But it looked possible and it was pretty and cheap, so it came home with me.  I put it on the lightest setting.  And it worked!  For awhile.  Then I found out the young red squirrels were so light they could get on the feeder without it closing up. I’m guessing the sight of them eating away inspired the other squirrels to work the problem.

And I came out in the kitchen this morning and saw this:

A grey squirrel had figured a way to circumvent the slide.  He hangs upside down and pulls the cage to him with just a couple of 'fingers' and shoves his other paw into the half closed hole.  You can see in the front of the feeder the leaf half covering a feeding hole.

A grey squirrel had figured a way to circumvent the slide. He hangs upside down and pulls the cage to him with just a couple of ‘fingers’ and shoves his other paw into the half closed hole. Oh, well.  At least it limits the amount of food that gets thrown on the ground. *sigh*

 

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