Just installed one of the new cages on the table where I feed the birds outside my dining room. It certainly keeps the pigeons out. Determined blackbirds walk round and round and some squeeze through, which is fine until they struggle to get out and I have to rescue them. I hope one doesn't get stuck when I'm not around. As for one of the local squirrels, see photo! Also a couple of small brown rats has moved into the dry stone wall behind the table and the smaller one can get in the cage. It's endlessly entertaining!
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
I’d worry about the squirrel getting stuck in the cage as (s)he puts on weight. Could be nasty for him/her. I have the small-mesh version of the ground feeder guardian. Never seen a squirrel get in. We don’t see many birds in there either, sadly.
The only fool proof method to keep a squirrel from the food was by using a free standing feeder pole placed at least two and half meters away from nearest launchpad (tree, fence, wall etc,) and fix a baffle dome as high up as possible on the free standing pole. In 8 years of using this method not one squirrel managed to get to the feeders although they'll chew the baffle screw to half its size ! I was very surprised the younger, slightly smaller squirrels could get into the narrow mesh guardian (they did not access the pitched roof version with adjustable mesh gauge ) as it looks impossible when you see how close the mesh is and ours did not have to dig underneath but climbed through the mesh. On occasion they got stuck without injuring themselves and we did have to let them out again, Squirrels are so fixated on food sources we found one at the bottom of our emptied green garden bin as we'd propped the lid open with a small pruned twiggy oak branch to dry/air the bin out and it had climbed the brick house wall (which they can also do to a limited height ! ) to get to the top of the bin and then attempted to climb on the off-cut narrow branch and both fell in. Had to wheel the bin back to the grass, lower it down gently to allow the squirrel to escape. If you get grey squirrels in your garden you'll never be short of entertainment - or should that be frustration ? !!
They are very determined little creatures, see the news link below
Plus, two videos captured on my trailcams:
A grey squirrel leaps from the right onto the feeding station!
The playhouse has been removed in the interests of squirrel safety.
A grey squirrel leaps from the old playhouse (right) onto the feeding station (left)
Flickr Peak Rambler
In reply to Mike B:
Love the videos! I saw the report of the squirrel having to be rescued from a feeder because he ate too much. For the moment I've given up using the new cage or putting out food on the table in the hope that the rats will move away! Fingers crossed.
In reply to Sandra S:
Keep us posted Sandra, things can return to some normality.
When I had rats, we removed all food for 3 weeks and monitored the situation, to date, nothing observed since.
Sandra S said:Good news. Thanks, Mike.
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