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Grey Squirrel

Observed: 12th May 2013 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in MammalsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in MammalsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

This squirrel has visited on a number of occasions recently; seen sampling the bird seed and peanuts left for the birds. Despite constant drizzle, it had no trouble climbing the table's support pole, which was declared to be "squirrel-proof" on purchase.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) interacts

Comments

Amadan's picture

"Squirrel Proof"

I'd really like to see Trading Standards prosecute some of these claimants - virtually no feeder is proof against an agile and intelligent raider like these.
I use caged ground- and hanging feeders, and both have been raided successfully at times. I don't really mind as long as there's some left for the birds.
A friend adapted a plastic bucket lid to look a bit like the cones you used to see on ships' hawsers to deter rats; and fitted it to the pole below the feeder. Not pretty, but he said it was effective.

moremoth's picture

Feeders

I use a caged hanging feeder, with a piece of wire adapted to hold the lid in position. No squirrel has yet learned how to unhook the wire.

Uncaged feeders were raided so regularly that the squirrels made a path across the lawn from where they jumped down off the feeder back to the trees.

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gramandy's picture

Have....

....a look at the below posting, another iSpotter gave me the hint. This can be purchased from Amazon. I have had this since february and they haven't found a way past it yet. Had hours of pleasure watching them try. Best £12 I have ever spent.

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/314822

I do leave them some bits and bobs on the floor though.