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Downward Facing Squirrel … raiding the bird feeder

Downward Facing Squirrel. Photo by Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
This funny squirrel stretched as long as its body could go for birdseed!
Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, California

Lynda:
Classic squirrel Yoga … Downward Facing Squirrel. I can hear its vertebrae popping, even as we speak … ummmmm … bird seed. /Gary

Ah, that was good bird seed! Photo by Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, CA
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Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012
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Bird feeders also feeding deer

Deer at backyard feeder in Oakland, CA. Photo by Susan Russell, Oakland, CA.
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Dear readers:
In my daily newspaper column of Tuesday, Feb. 21 (“Bird feeder doubles as deer feeder”), Anne Watson of Pleasanton, Calif., had a letter describing how a buck deer was eating all of the bird seed out of a backyard feeder (http://www.mercurynews.com/gary-bogue/ci_20006146).

Here are a couple of responses to that column from other readers. I thought you’d get a kick out of the photos. Apparently “everybody” likes bird seed. (To the deer, you can add raccoons, foxes, squirrels and skunks!). /Gary

Gary:
After reading your Tuesday column I just had to pass on this photo I took in our backyard in Montclair, Calif.  I, too, was wondering why the birdseed was disappearing so quickly, especially since the feeder is one of those “swirl-a-squirrel” type that keeps the squirrels from dining.  I never imagined it was deer until I caught this one with her hand in the cookie jar, so to speak.  Her friend is browsing in the background waiting her turn.  Animals are very resourceful.  Needless to say, I raised the feeder.  Hopefully there are are no giraffes roaming the Oakland Hills.
Susan Russell,Oakland, California
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Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Under: Bird Feeders, deer | 5 Comments »

Fox squirrel freeloading on a Martinez bird feeder

Fox squirrel freeloading on a backyard feeder. Photo by Linda Lansberry, Martinez, CA
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Gary:
It has been some time since we sent you a new picture of our backyard moments! These two pictures are from Friday, Dec. 2.

This squirrel delighted all of us with his silly antics and feeding challenges! The feeders were all filled on Thursday and this one was truly empty by the end of Friday! This squirrel really kept his tail on!

Happy Holidays from Martinez!
The Lansberry’s, Martinez, California

Dear Lansberry family:
That’s definitely a “backyard moment.” Nothing can inhale the contents of a bird feeder like a hungry fox squirrel. Reminds me of the time a squirrel dropped in on one of my feeders. Our yard’s resident scrub jay immediately zoomed down and started pecking the squirrel on the head.  Merry Christmas, squirrel! /Gary

Fox squirrel freeloading on a backyard feeder. Photo by Linda Lansberry, Martinez, CA
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Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011
Under: Bird Feeders, fox squirrel | 2 Comments »

Bird seed: I finally figured out why my feeder gets empty so fast

Deer at my bird feeder (Lyrinda Snyderman/Berkeley, CA)
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Gary:
I finally figured out why the bird seed vanishes so fast out of my feeder!
Lyrinda Snyderman, Berkeley

Lyrinda:
Ah, yes, the Antler-Crested Deer-Bird. They tend to eat a lot of seed. /Gary

Posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010
Under: Bird Feeders, Birds, deer | 2 Comments »

REMOTE-CONTROLLED BIRD FEEDERS

Homeowners can fill backyard bird feeders from inside their houses
I thought I’d share the following press release from ClickON Bird Feeders:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ClickON Bird Feeders announced today the release of its remote-controlled ClickON Bird Feeder System, which allows homeowners to refill their bird feeders from up to 100 feet away with the click of a button.

Many homeowners with bird feeders — including seniors and the infirm — often stop refilling their feeders altogether during the cold winter months, and their busy schedules often preclude them from regularly refilling their feeders during the rest of the year, according to Nathan Arthurs, the founder of ClickON Bird Feeders.
More at http://www.clickonbirdfeeders.com

A little bird told me that area songbirds have decided to come out with a remote-controlled Bird System of their own … which will allow them to fly a little robot bird to the remote-controlled bird feeders from clear across the yard when they peck on a little button.

The scuttlebutt is that in response to this, ClickON Bird Feeders may be coming out with a Robot Bird Watcher that can be placed in the windows of every home in America in early 2008.

U.S. songbirds are checking with Midwestern farmers to see if anyone is interested in growing remote-controlled bird seeds for sale. Wild Birds Unlimited stores, led by Mike Williams, owner of the Pleasant Hill, California, store and local songbird activist and vice-president of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, appears to be bankrolling the songbirds in their robotic endeavors.

Isaac Asimov, popular science fiction novelist and author of “I Robot,” a collection of his brilliant robot stories, is rumored to be rolling over in his grave.

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
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