The 48 million Americans of all ages who enjoy feeding wild birds and spend more than $3 billion a year on bird food alone all share a common enemy—the squirrel. For 25 years, Outwitting Squirrels has been leading the charge to help bird lovers defend their feeders from these fast, greedy, incredibly crafty creatures who pillage birdfeeders before owners’ very eyes. This classic defense manual for the besieged bird feeder has been fully updated to deal with the more tech-savvy, 21st-century squirrel. It provides 101 cunning strategies, both serious and hilarious, for outsmarting these furry, but not so cute, creatures. Author Bill Adler Jr. discusses the different bird personalities and the best seed to attract them. He rates birdfeeders based upon how squirrel-proof, or squirrel-vexing they are, and discusses creative anti-squirrel structures and devices. Spooker poles, Perrier bottles, baffled fishing line, Teflon spray, Vaseline, water bombs, cayenne pepper, and Nixalite—the author has tried them all and he regales readers with his squirrel adventures and misadventures.
A humorous and user-tested compendium of anti-squirrel tactics that was tremendously helpful when we lived in a leafy East Coast suburb, it's not so useful here in San Francisco, alas, where I haven't seen any of the beasts outside of Golden Gate Park. The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is nearly ubiquitous in the Northeast and I grew fond of them--especially when they leaped onto the birdfeeder, spun around, and fell off. Heh.read more
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