Thursday, 31 August 2017

Take Notice Thursday: A Most Unwelcomed Visitor

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  
The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in. What have you noticed this week?   
Have a peek at what others have found this week:
Maggie at: FarmersWifeDayByDay  
 
Eileen at: A Bracelet of Days

This week what I couldn't help but notice was the destruction of one of my finch feeders - that darn black squirrel.  Mr Man has threatened to trap & re-locate him, although I worry that it's too late in the season to move him into another territory.  Yes he drives me crazy, but I don't want bad things to happen to him, I just need him to stop being a destructive squirrel.


Part Of The Destruction

We have purchased a child's water gun to discourage him climbing up the feeder & moved the feeder more into the centre of the garden & away from the trees and/or fence used for launching purposes.  Bad Squirrel!


12 comments:

  1. We have the black squirrels too - but they have been detoured by having one of those cone shaped baffles on the pole that supports five feeders - they get cranky, but it keeps them away - and there are plenty of seeds to gather up off the ground for them. We also use metal feeders - they can't chew through the ones we have -thank goodness.

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    1. We have given some thought to the metal ones, but then the winter is so harsh on them. We have a pole that has a squirrel baffle on it & ready to go into the ground - I will not give up my bird feeders as we SO enjoy the many birds. Mr Black maybe a native but he needs to go find something else to chew on!

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  2. Naughty boy. We don't have black squirrels but we do have (imported) greys and I would love to see them completely eradicated.

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    1. The reds & blacks are native to our area, the grey is not but here to stay. We have decided that we will not throw peanuts for them anymore (except for Charlie but he's old & probably our last winter with him). Even the chipmunks are getting too much - they have dug up 3 of my pots. I know the season is winding down but there's at least another month to enjoy patio pots. Yes the word eradication is quickly becoming a word I am using!

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  3. We have problems with chipmunks on occasion, but the squirrels haven't been much of a problem the last couple of years. Most of our feeders are "squirrel-proof" and seem to work well. No black squirrels here, only gray ones.

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    1. We got a squirrel baffle for the feeder tree, but my naughty black is leaping from the fence or trees on to the top of the feeder - he is quite determined. This morning we watched him leap & miss about 4 times before he realigned & was successful. We are doing mind battles with this one - he's crafty!

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  4. Oh what a bummer & nuisance! (But great photos!)

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    1. He is a naughty one for sure. Part of me admires his resourcefulness at getting what he wants - but that part is being won over with "you have to go".

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  5. We live between two areas of woodland and squirrels are an absolute pest. They take the nuts from our walnut tree and eat them or plant them in my flower pots. They may look cute but they drive me mad!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. We have black walnut trees planted by the squirrels - I usually dig up while small but I missed one & now Mr Man needs to take the saw to it. Black walnuts aren't for eating by people.

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  6. I thought it was monkey to begin with. He looks and behaves like one. I know what solution the farmer would suggest but you don't want to hear that!

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    1. I know The Farmer's suggestion & trust me there would be several in the neighbourhood that would want to the solution. Maybe the squirrels are our versions of monkeys & I don't like monkeys.

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