Bird-Feeder Blues

At first glance, you may think this title implies a post full of birds in a shades of blue.

Maybe she’ll share a few pictures of Bluejays? Yes, I have two pictures of a Bluejay to share but this post is about a different kind of blues.  Listen up and I’ll tell my sorry tale. The plans for a beautiful bird-feeder gone wrong.  Attacked by villainous creatures in broad daylight!

They came calling early sneaking along the shadows… And it was uncommonly cold out there with sub-zero wind chills.  I tried to be generous.  Even spread some seed along the deck railings so they wouldn’t have to ravage the actual bird feeder.

Are squirrels related to locusts? Did someone command a squirrel plague upon my bird feeder? A few sweet little song birds did manage to find some bits of seed around the broken feeder during one of the 5-minute periods when I’d successfully shooed the squirrels away 3 feet to one of the maple trees.

The snowbirds did not seem overly intimidated by the sordid squirrel population inhabiting their new feeding grounds.  And my favorite little Chickadees mostly take their meals to go anyway.  The rest of the birds found solace in the sloppy seeds the squirrels dropped on the deck and visited during the times I clapped my hands and stomped my feet enough for the squirrels to back up a few paces.  I threw some bread crumbs and fruit out for the birds as well since the squirrels were sopping up all their seed.  The squirrels weren’t even satisfied with just the seeds! With apologies to T.S. Eliot, perhaps the world ends with neither a whimper nor a bang but when a squirrel or two-thousand of them simply eat the whole dang thing gone!

Other birds spotted (but not photographed) when squirrels weren’t scurrying:

My Carolina wren came out to sing in the warmer weather this morning! Geese flying over head yesterday. A Mockingbird while I was taking my work break at a local park yesterday.  Sparrows, house finches, a nuthatch, the red-bellied woodpecker, and another pair of Chickadees. Cardinals and a few robins in the trees. A starling keeping watch.

What birds did you spot this week?

Any squirrel solutions to offer me?  Even now with the bird-feeder in pieces on the ground, a squirrel sits waiting to see if I’ll come fix it and offer up more food.

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Linking up my post with the Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’ as well as Saturday’s Critters hosted by Viewing Nature With Eileen.  Go check out both blogs for some amazing shots of birds and other animals.

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Bird-Feeder Blues

  1. Eileen

    Hello, looks like you have much of the same birds and squirrels I see here. I love the cute chickadees and the jays. The last squirrel shot is great. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, destructive and stubborn! I think the squirrel sat out there all day yesterday thinking I was going to feed him some more. Funny, I don’t think of my backyard birds as exotic and always love looking at your water birds as we don’t see as many of those.

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  2. Phil

    I feel so sorry for you. Our own Grey Squireels will do the same thing if allowed. You will have to get very inventive and design ways that the squirrels can’t reach the feeders or it will get costly. Still, you do have a good variety of birds, despite the squirrels.

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    1. Jean Post author

      My husband was looking at a bird feeder shaped like a squirrel, think that would work and scare the other squirrels away? Probably not. May have to invest in a squirrel feeder and see if then they’ll leave that bird seed alone. Not like they don’t have a billion acorns as well.

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  3. Betty Crow

    Terrorists! Depriving the poor birds. I put ears of corn out in the trees and hang my feeders from a shepherd’s hook. They don’t bother the feeders, so I guess the corn is easier to get than hanging off the hook. Good luck! I think you will need it.

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    1. Jean Post author

      We probably should have hung our feeder up instead of just perching it on the deck but I was so anxious to see and feed all the birds (and the ground was frozen solid). Next time…

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  4. Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

    Great photos, especially the last one!
    Squirrels are making a nuisance of themselves here as well. I put out enough sunflower seed for everyone, but they insist on raiding the suet feeder, too. They get yelled at for that – I am trying to attract Woodpeckers to the suet.
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Seems squirrels just love to aggravate those of us that want to feed the birds. Maybe they are just like teenagers and hungry all the time? LOL! Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I know the squirrels aren’t personally out to get us around here (or take over the world) but it sure feels like that sometimes!

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    1. Jean Post author

      I know I’ll be glad when the squirrels decide to go back to simply eating their acorns. There were so many of them on the ground this year, I can’t believe they’ve eaten them all already.

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  5. Sallie

    I’m sure Everyone who has ever fed birds shares your pain … only most of us don’t share it as well as you do ! Such a fun post …
    if only those darn squirrels weren’t so cute as well as being so sneaky and smart.

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  6. Rebecca L Knox

    I’m sorry about the squirrel plague and your bird feeder, Jean. We have a backyard full of squirrel, but, for some reason, they pretty much leave the bird feeders alone. This week we’ve had chickadees, juncos, cardinals, house finches, and white-crowned sparrows feeding that I know of. I have one feeder full of thistle seed and one full of black oil sunflower, plus, this weekend I put out two peanut butter pine cones covered in mixed seed. The birds love them! Have a blessed week, my friend! 🙂
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    1. Jean Post author

      I wonder what the squirrels near you are eating that they leave your bird feeders alone? We’ve watched our squirrels and they are mostly digging out the sunflower seeds. White-crowned sparrows are pretty little birds, we see them around our house every once in a while. Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday so far.

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