To Feed or Not To Feed Squirrels? As many of you have already guessed, I have squirrels in my back yard and have since I started feeding birds in 2003. I've written before about their antics and some of the challenges with them. I've said before that it's not something you should do without doing some research first. If you want to feed squirrels you do need to understand what … [Read more...] about How To Feed Squirrels Successfully
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Living With Squirrels in the Real World Mention squirrels to most backyard birders and you'll get a glazed over stare somewhere between amusement and terror. When I started feeding birds in my backyard I too was concerned. After all, the property backs up to woods so I knew there was a potentially large supply of the little critters not too far away. Over the years we … [Read more...] about Why I Love My Squirrels
Did You Say A Pact? Ok, before you go rolling your eyes thinking this is one of those posts claiming if you feed your squirrels they'll leave your feeders alone, don't worry. I'm not going to try to sell you that bill of goods. My seventeen seasons of backyard bird feeding have taught me different. You don't make a pact with squirrels. Allow me to … [Read more...] about Making A Pact With Squirrels
My Kindergarten Class Since I moved into my home nine years ago, I've had squirrels. My property backs up to a wooded area that borders several properties so I've had my fair share. When I started birding seven years ago I decided that I would feed them as well. Since I employ a raccoon baffle on my main feeder station and squirrel baffles on my bluebird houses, I wasn't … [Read more...] about Do You Train Your Squirrels?
You Can't Make A Deal With Squirrels One of the biggest misconceptions I hear is feeding squirrels will keep them from bothering your feeders. This is simply not true. I have yet to meet a squirrel that wouldn't take anything it could get its little paws on to eat. I have them in my backyard and I do feed them but I take other precautions. Among these are: … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Way To Keep Squirrels Off Bird Feeders?
I know one of the things that discourages first-time birders is the information overload. Everybody who wants to start birding can get overrun by all the things they think they need to know before they start. They may have friends and neighbors who swear by this or that. Most of the time they just get discouraged and quit because all they've attracted to their back yards is … [Read more...] about The Easiest Way to Start Birding
It Started Like Any Other I know we bird lovers who provide nest box homes for our back yard birds get so used to the cycle. We know every spring (or even late winter here in Nashville) we're going to see bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, wrens and others checking out our nest boxes. Somebody's going to make a home there. Doing all we can to help them and make sure everything is … [Read more...] about My First Ever Chickadee Nest Box Tragedy
Sunflower Chip Feeder About the time I wrote my last post asking you to take a late summer feeding break, I had not seen any goldfinches since my zinnia goldfinch surprise. I had freshly cleaned thistle feeders with fresh, shiny thistle in them. No takers. The only birds who were eating from them were the chickadees. And they were only doing that because I had taken down … [Read more...] about Put Up A Sunflower Chip Feeder For More Goldfinches!