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Squirrel on the bird feeder

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 8:54 am in fox squirrel.

Hey, how do I get into this thing?! Photo by Karen Turnbull, Hayward, CA
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For the first time, I have a squirrel visiting my bird feeder. Of course, the birds don’t come around when he’s there. It was such a hoot watching his acrobatics, trying to figure out how the heck he could get to the food. Should I set out a separate feeding place for the squirrel? Is it OK to feed him? He is kinda cute and he’s hungry.
Karen Turnbull, Hayward, California

It’s OK to feed the squirrel, although you may be creating a monster that spills a lot of seed. The bird specialty stores (like Wild Birds Unlimited, and many pet stores) often carry squirrel feeders that have dried corn and other tasty tidbits. You can hang them away from the bird feeders and enjoy both. By the way, they are ALWAYS hungry. /Gary

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One Response to “Squirrel on the bird feeder”

  1. Terry Bolyard Says:

    What a great picture. I have a question – we have a woodpecker that thinks (or wants to be a hummingbird). He is constantly hanging on our hummingbird feeder trying to get to the “nectar.” What’s up with that????

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