Squirrel: On the Screen Door

I keep moving our bird feeder around our backyard, trying to find a location where the squirrels cannot attack it from.  I’m failing.  I’ve moved it so the squirrels cannot jump from the fence, but now they simply climb the backyard screen door and leap from there.  As you can see, the brave little critter is right by my computer desk, watching me to see if I’ll do anything!

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Photos taken June 12th, 2013

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  1. Oh – I can completely relate – we are constantly at battle with our squirrels! They incessantly eat our bulbs and tops of anything that they don’t manage to eat the bulb.

    I love how they freeze and have at least one eye staring at you. I feel like I am bigger and I should win the stare down, but alas, I don’t think I am scary enough either.

    They are entertaining though 🙂 Great post.

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    1. 🙂 I, too, have given up on gardening, even flowers. The squirrels have buried acorns in every available spot of soil… even in all my small flower pots, making it impossible for seeds to grow anywhere.

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  2. Kamala says:

    Totally put a smile on my face…easier for me to say, since he’s not staring at me.

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  3. Alex Jones says:

    Clever determined creatures these squirrels are.

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    1. I kind of admire their tenacity. 🙂

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  4. Bold, brave, and daring squirrel!

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    1. Maybe I’m not scary enough. 🙂

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  5. LB says:

    I love the one of the squirrel next to the pencil holder!! (and yes, they are tenacious and tricky!)

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    1. That’s how bold he is… climbing and attacking the feeder from the door right by where I’m sitting at the computer… not two feet away!

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  6. Deb Platt says:

    This might seem cute, but we’ve had squirrels rip our screen door. It depends on the force with which the squirrel jumps onto the screen. As they get used to climbing on the screen, they become less tentative about moving around on it, and more likely to make flying leaps onto it.

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    1. I’ve found if I leave the screen door open (not slid closed), the squirrel doesn’t use it, as it’s too far from the feeder. So.. this is now only a problem if I’m home airing out the house, which means he gets scared away the minute he begins to climb the screen! So far, no tears in the screen…

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  7. Can you show a picture of your feeder? I am wondering what it looks like?

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    1. It’s this one… http://www.amazon.com/Zenith-Innovation-Effortless-Feeder-Baffle/dp/B0037UL3I8/ref=sr_1_61?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1371495006&sr=1-61&keywords=bird+feeder . We used to have feeders (different kinds) that we hung from the oak tree, but the squirrels were all over those. This one was successful at keeping squirrels away for over nine months.. until the new group of young squirrels arrived a month ago. They’re able to both jump from the fence around our yard and/or climb up the walls of our house or the screen door and jump from there. For anyone with a larger backyard, this feeder is awesome!! The squirrels cannot climb up it, and I watch them try every day. 🙂

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      1. crazy rascals. I used to grease my poles with Vaseline so they couldn’t climb up but obviously that isn’t your problem. How about attaching some thing that would make a lot of noise when they landed on the feeder….???? I’ll keep thinking…. 🙂

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        1. I love this article from the National Wildlife Federation… http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Birds/Archives/2010/Squirrels.aspx . I just don’t think any of them apply to my situation… Let me know if you come up with any ideas! 🙂

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  8. This is lovely! We have the same problem with our bird feeder….we fill it up and within a couple of hours the squirrels seem to “attack” it!! But lately some of the birds have become quite territorial and now attack the squirrels…so they have been visiting less.

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    1. I have wondered why the birds aren’t more protective of our feeder! I would think the jays (we have both Steller’s and Scrub Jays) would be as aggressive towards the squirrels as they are towards the other birds. Or perhaps the Towhees, who are so feisty they chase the jays away. 🙂

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  9. Tracy Dodge says:

    Awesome shots!!

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