Between the squirrels, deer, raccoons and bears I have a continual battle keeping bird feeders full and intact. The past couple of months I have not been very diligent in keeping them filled primarily because I don’t need bears coming and causing havoc in the yard.
I have a love hate relationship with squirrels as do most people who have bird feeders. While they all amuse me I must admit that I give preferential treatment to the white squirrels because they are white squirrels after all. Brevard is home to the famous white squirrel and we now have several that visit our yard. Including this guy or gal.
Apparently he had done this before and had returned to the scene of the crime judging from the shape of my bird feeder.
I keep thinking that I should just take them all down and stop encouraging them but they are fun to watch. I have had so many bird feeders over the years. My favorite one was the Wild Bill Bird Feeder that I wrote about here. I had this one in Iowa and I loved it so much.
But it also fell prey to marauders. This time it was our herd of deer that took it out. Knocked it plum off its post and it was history – cracked and kicked beyond being salvaged.
So before I spend too much money on new and improved bird feeders I guess I really need to think about who shares the woods that I live in, right? After all, they were here before me. They have first dibs.
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We have squirrels, but so far, thankfully, no bear. I know what you mean about considering taking it all down. My birds, though, I’d sure miss. Currently we have orioles and hummingbirds that are the most fun to watch. Haven’t seen much in the way of my regular chickadees and titmouse lately, but I see them up in the trees so they’re around, just don’t need my seed at the moment.
And let’s not forgot the crows! I am going into the Tracker Supply today for an owl
The only time I ever saw a white squirrel was on a visit to Canada. I remember taking a thousand photos of it because it was like I’d seen a dinosaur. Never saw one since. I would pass out if i saw a bear in my back yard and not go out again until winter. Har.
Haha. White squirrels are our thing here with at least 1700 in the area of Brevard. They are held in high esteem and very protected and loved. All things White Squirrel are sacred here. We even have a White Squirrel Festival — cancelled this year due to Covid -19 of course.
It can’t be easy keeping a bird feeder in good shape with all the critters that come to visit but I think that’s the fun of it. I’d be watching for hours every day…
I loved the deer feeding station at one of the summer cabins we rented in the past years. It attracted chipmunks, all kinds of birds and of course, the deer. So fun to watch!
I love that the place you stay sometimes has a deer feeder! I always love to see your pictures of that!
They sure are fun to watch. I just scatter bird seed on the ground.
That is a great way to do it! Ours ends up on the ground anyway so maybe I should just start that way!
I think we all have our critters problems. A few of our bird feeders have given up their life for our backyard fur family. We too enjoy watching them.
It is just what happens. We also have huge crows which make a mess of things sometimes as well. Gotta just take that with all the loveliness as well!
I like squirrels but never say a white one! Sad about your bird feeder.
White ones are our thing here in Brevard. WE even have a White Squirrel Festival (canceled this year due to Covid-19) and they are very protected and loved!
I like the white squirrel, it is different than our gray ones.
White squirrels are kind of Brevard’s claim to fame. They “count” them every year and I think there are well over 1700 in our area now. They are just fun, aren’t they?
Black bears are roaming around our neck of the woods and so, the bird feeders and suet cake holders are taken down for now. We’ll put them back up for next winter when those pesky bears should be hibernating.
I really don’t mind them –they are not really out in our area that much but in other areas of the development they are more prevalent. I think the fawns being born now have something to do with more sightings or so I suspect.