Out of the Blue

Over the weekend I replaced my (theoretically) squirrel-proof birdfeeder because the plastic was beginning to crack and the hard to clean areas of the feeder made me concerned I was starting to poison the birdies with moldy seed. It seems that what started as an impulse buy of a teeny feeder a couple of years ago has blossomed into a full hobby, as we now have that feeder and a smaller one MrsBlue found that's filled with seed specifically to attract goldfinches, all hanging from a specialty pole attached to the deck railing. This is situated in the area formerly occupied by the Mulberry tree I felled, which is highly visible, so now we're just waiting for the birds to rediscover it in its new location.

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May 10, 2011, 12:44
 
It's weight sensitive and clamps shut when a squirrel goes on the post.

That sounds like my last feeder, which was responsible for a local squirrel obesity epidemic.

The feeder that probably would be the most effective was the one I couldn't bring myself to get. It has a battery-powered base that spins when too much weight is applied, which flings the squirrels, but this seemed far too potentially dangerous for my tastes (I'm still getting over the guilt of having killed that mulberry tree, and seeing the stump still hemorrhaging sap is not helping). Of course this doesn't bother everyone, as the bird-feeding store owner mentioned I wouldn't like hearing how many of his customers, like a certain crime-fighter who frequents this site, shoot the squirrels with BB guns. I just want them to leave some seed for the birds.
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