Delaware County, Pennsylvania Real Estate Blog: Catch Me If You Can - My Struggle With A Squirrel

Catch Me If You Can - My Struggle With A Squirrel

Bird Feeder in SpringCatch Me If You Can - My Struggle With A Squirrel

 

We have a large green birdfeeder on a pole in the center of our yard, with a suet feeder attached at the back. For many years the baffle on the pole and the location of the pole have kept the squirrels away from the feeders until a few months ago, when we started to see an agile young squirrel eating the suet!!   I was amazed and I knew this could not continue, so I was on a mission to see how he was able to get onto the feeders in order to make changes, so the suet would be out of his reach.

 

When these sightings first started, this squirrel would already be eating suet and hiding from my view.  Of course I would go outside to chase him off, but he  was so bold he would only jump and run after I got within ten feet of the feeder.

 

Junco on FeederIt took quite a few weeks to see how he actually got to the feeder, and there were two ways he did this.

 

Turns out he was able to jump from the top of the fence, which had a pole blocking the highest spot, he grabbed hold of the green feeder and then swung himself onto the suet feeder, which hangs on the base of the feeder. He was also able to climb up the pole and push in the baffle and swing up onto the suet feeder, since the suet feeder was just above the baffle!!  Amazing on both counts!

 

Squirrel in SummerSo I put up temporary fencing on the fence and on the side of the big feeder. But he still jumped and got to the suet!  I added even more barriers and still he got to the suet!! 

These readjustments took a few weeks.

 

Finally we moved the feeder one foot away from the fence, raised the feeder by two feet, lowered the baffle a foot, and relocated a grapevine that would have been a new jumping point, since we moved the feeder closer to the grapevine.

 

These changes were made a few weeks ago, and I am happy to say there have been no more squirrel sightings on the suet feeder!!  My fingers are crossed!

 

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Comment balloon 22 commentsGloria Todor • April 27 2018 03:24AM

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I'm glad you figured out his strategy and out-smarted that squirrel.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) 4 months ago

I bet if he gets hungry he will be trying again.  They don't give up real easy

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 4 months ago

Gloria-I was smiling reading this because  I have done many a battle with these clever, persistent critters in the past and I won some and lost several as I had cedar feeders on poles with baffles and they destroyed several feeders in their quest for the ultimate prize. I wish you success in this battle and hope that the change you made did the trick. Wishing you a great summer. I am hoping for a great one too. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 4 months ago

Wow. Now that's persistence both on the squirrel's side as he tries to get to the food, and on your side as you try to stop him. We moved our bird seed several times and those squirrels still figure out ways to get the food. They're pretty sneaky.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 4 months ago

Hi Gloria,

Squirrels are tenacious little creatures. Looks like you outsmarted them.  My biggest problem right now is Doves being bullies at the bird feeder.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 4 months ago

Good morning Gloria. This squirrel trained you well. I am glad you found a way.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Fluffy rats. ;) They are quite annoying in the wrong place, but so darn cute when they leave well enough alone. Glad you found a good solution to the bird feeder invading problem. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 I hope I outsmarted him for a long time!  Even though they can be trouble they are cute to watch.

William Feela oh he still eyes that feeder all the time...

Sharon Lee Yes you did have a wonderful garden and I bet you had some battles too.  Glad to hear from you.  Hope all is well.

 

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

Kat Palmiotti so you know the joys of feeding birds also.  I hope you find a happy balance with your squirrels!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

Carol Williams Gosh some birds do monopolize the feeders.  We have morning doves but they are pretty docile.  Good luck with your doves!

Sheila Anderson yes they have!!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD D yes "fluffy rats"!  But the preferred rat.  Had an experience as a manager of a boarding house in Seattle years ago near Lake Union and had Norwegian Jumper rats try to make their home in parts of the house. Learned that living close to water and having ground cover helps them migrate.  What a mess.  They chew constantly because their front teeth keep growing. We won out, but with much effort.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

I have come to the conclusion that squirrels come in two forms.  They are either critters or varmints, depending on whether they are on their best behavior, or into shenanigans.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat aside from the one mentioned in this post the others just want to eat and chase each other away from their spot under the feeder.   Some will even come to our door when they see us in the morning looking out the window.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

Holy smokes Gloria - what we humans go through to make sure the birds are fed! Great story!!  Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 4 months ago

I think it would have made for some very interesting videos!  You have to deal with squirrels and we have to deal with mongoose... it seems there is always somebody looking for a free meal that's meant for somebody else.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 4 months ago

I know Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker it is rather silly!  But birders just have to have a view of their birds!  I bet you have some really lovely birds in your area!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 You know I was so caught up in the stopping of this squirrel that I did not even think of doing a video!  Mongoose, wow...are they about the same size as squirrels?

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 4 months ago

Gloria Todor squirrels are so clever good luck in out smarting him

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

Gloria Todor a mongoose is a lot like a weasel. Cunning and quick and carnivorous. They'll steal the chicken eggs and kill chicks. We go to great lengths to outsmart them but the most effective method is a live trap. Sometimes it will catch one every day for a few days when there's a whole new family around.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 4 months ago

Thank you Hannah Williams 

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 3 months ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 I think I would rather have to deal with squirrels.  The other critter we have here in warmer months that is a problem are woodchucks. But they are not aggressive and are vegetarian.  Not aggressive like your mongoose.  Wow, were they native to the islands?

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 3 months ago

Gloria Todor Moongoose were brought in to help with the rat problem, but it was too late once they realized that rats are active at night while mongoose are active by day!  It's been hell on the bird populations.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 3 months ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 what an oversight and nigthmare!  I bet the birds have suffered.  Good you are not in danger on your island from the lava flows.

Take care.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 3 months ago

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