Luckless Lockdown – by Derek Walker

Having spent years trying to keep squirrels away from my bird feeders, including buying squirrel proof feeders (No such thing), I decided to embrace the cheeky mammals.

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I had observed them leaping from a tree branch onto my hide and thought this would make a good photo. I climbed a ladder and put some insect suet feed on the branch to entice the squirrel.

Soon after getting in position to bag a winning photo, what took the bait? A Nuthatch. Followed by Great tits, blue tits and blackbirds !!!

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After days of climbing the ladder and topping up the bait I eventually had a squirrel visit. He sat there, ate the suet – and went back along the branch.

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When I replaced the bait, I also put a piece of apple on the hide roof – a small leap away. YES it worked. The squirrel ate the suet and then jumped over for the apple.

After a few days and many attempts, I eventually got my picture.

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Do you think it was worth it?

2 thoughts on “Luckless Lockdown – by Derek Walker”

  1. Great photos Derek and a good deal of patience on your part. Unfortunately I am unable to bring myself to embrace these pesky vermin and continue to discourage them from visiting my garden.

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  2. Excellent photos.
    I have a limited tolerance for squirrels in my garden now, because I have managed to find a squirrel-proof bird feeder! (spring-weighted cage type). He gave up after 3 attempts.
    Their agility and balance is quite remarkable. You just have to admire them when they are climbing or leaping or jumping with such poise.

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