[Tweeters] re: bird feeders pro and con

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 9 20:53:56 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:


Okay, but no one answered my original question.  To repeat: "are there any objective, data-driven studies examining this issue [i.e. whether feeders are good or bad for bird conservation] apart from the emotions on both sides?"

Jason Hernandez
Bremerton
jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com


Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:55:05 -0700
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: bird feeders pro and con
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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.

Dianna Moore
Ocean Shores


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