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October 28, 2004


Angela Hurlbut


I had to laugh while reading your account. While I have yet to be bombarded by acorns, I have my own squirrel story to tell.

When we first moved into our condo 2 1/2 years ago, I put a bird feeder out in our backyard. It promptly started gathering birds of all sorts, cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, doves. By winter, we'd had tons of different birds out there visiting regularly (I'm in Michigan). However, we soon had squirrels. I didn't mind, really. Squirrels have to eat, too, right?

So, last year for Christmas, my boyfriend's parents bought me a new bird feeder. It was a nice lantern shape, made of metal, with decorative metal ivy on the sides. There were four sides that the seed could come down on and it had clear plastic "windows".

Well, it wasn't too long that I noticed the squirrels doing amazing acrobatics to be able to get to the seed, and bending the metal ivy to do it! So, we packed that one up and tried to find a sturdier feeder. We found one made of cedar that was more typical of bird feeders.

It's been holding up really good, the birds like it, the squirrels like it, everybody was happy. I look out last week, there's a squirrel inside the feeder! Somehow, they had pried off one of the plastic panes, dumped the majority of the seed on the ground, and were using the feeder as a shelter from the rain. Crafty little guys!!

I'm in the process of fixing the feeder again, but I'm starting to wonder about these squirrels. I think if I don't get it back up there soon there'll be a revolt on my hands!


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