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Post  roddie Sat May 07, 2022 8:29 pm

Hi. Some of you know of Robert's (rsv1cox) and my bird-feeding efforts. I relocated my feeder a few days ago.. and it's been a lesson in patience. The feeder consists of a 1.25" dia. EMT pole with two bracket/hangers at the top and a conical baffle below.. to prevent squirrels from climbing up.

The photo below shows the new location..

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The squirrels could now jump onto the baffle from the railing.. Shocked Mad  I needed to raise the pole higher. It was doable.. and I did it.

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That's pretty high.. huh? well........ not high enough. The little $#!t$ were taking me back to school.. What?  I decided to raise the pole and the baffle. The baffle is held and rotates atop a spring which passes through a hole drilled-through the pole to accept it.

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I drilled another hole through "higher" (6-8") and reinstalled the spring and cone.

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I now use a broomstick with a J-hook turned-up on the end, to service the feed-station. It works very well. I used to climb a rickety wooden step-ladder. No need to take that risk any more.

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Lynne and I LoVe to see the birds that come to feed.
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Post  rsv1cox Sun May 08, 2022 6:23 am

Looks like a Swiss chalet roddie serving smorgasbord, a little something for everybody. Mom used to set out suet for the Chickadees, but I never tried it. Robins are back here in abundance, Bluebirds too. Saw a Red Cardinal last week, brilliant in his deepest breeding season red.

Now if it would just stop raining. Still going on out there.
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Post  getback Sun May 08, 2022 7:32 am

The little boogers can bee persistent for sure , I am just waiting for my Kiefer Pears to get a bit bigger and the squirrels will be carrying them off birds too for that matter . Cinco de Mayo Son shot one with the pellet gun just knocked him out the tree and he got up shook it off and hauled , didnt see any for awhile now they are coming back few at a time Censored Bang!
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Post  NEW222 Sun May 08, 2022 9:33 pm

Gotta say that them squirrels are sure a crafty little rodent and can be good problem solvers....
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Post  rdw777 Mon May 09, 2022 9:34 am

My wife and I are amateurish birders and feed them in the backyard as well and also have a bath for them…I like to photograph them and those we find out in the county…, We live in a rural tiny town so we get a lot of species that come to the yard.,, Fortunately we don’t have tree squirrels where we live ..,

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Post  andrew Mon May 09, 2022 10:20 am

Nice contrast of a redwing and yellowheaded blackbird sitting together. We have redwings here, but I don't believe I've ever seen a yellowhead in this part of the country.
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Post  roddie Thu May 26, 2022 8:07 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Looks like a Swiss chalet roddie serving smorgasbord, a little something for everybody.  Mom used to set out suet for the Chickadees, but I never tried it.  Robins are back here in abundance, Bluebirds too.  Saw a Red Cardinal last week, brilliant in his deepest breeding season red.  

Now if it would just stop raining.  Still going on out there.    

Yes Robert, I enjoy trying different seeds/feed to see what species of birds I can attract. I'm on my 3rd 50# bag of black oil sunflower seed since the beginning of this past Winter. I mix the seed and a few cups of dried mealworms into a steel canister for storage. That seems to attract a nice variety. I also hang a tube-feeder that dispenses thistle/nyjer seed, which the Goldfinches love. Then there's currently X3 suet cages which get the "no-melt" type suet cakes. The cakes last 3-5 days on average. The two Cedar trough-style feeders have gone through some modifications in an effort to control their dispensing. They can be emptied in one day otherwise.. Shocked I'll post more on that soon.
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