[Tweeters] re: bird feeders pro and con
billandersonbic at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 9 10:55:05 PDT 2014
Threading the rope through PVC pipe should also work like the coffee cans. The slippery, rotating plastic pipe will toss the squirrel to the ground.
Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:32 AM, Dianna Moore <dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com> wrote:
More on the rope between trees suspending the feeders high off the ground:
My parents did just that with a pulley for lowering the rope/feeders to the ground to refill, only to run into the (Eastern Gray) squirrels doing a tightrope run to the dangling feeders (are you reading this Jeff?)...which also included a couple of suet feeders...and so began the saga of trying to outsmart the squirrels. This was a period of both frustration and hilarious entertainment as the humans vs squirrels drama played outside the dining-room window, with the rope often winding up until it reached a tipping point then flinging the hapless animal off into space 20 or 30 feet.
I believe the final solution was two end-to-end 3lb coffee cans on each end of the feeder area, with the plastic caps on the ends, a hole big enough for the rope to pass through allowing the cans to rotate independently, and dumping the squirrel if it landed on one, also two cans were too big to jump over.
My parents were kind of sad it ended as it provided them with a lot of good laughs. But the birds were the real winners.
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