A few posts back I wrote about squirrels being a pain when it comes to keeping bird feeders full and the truly effective way that some North Carolinians take care of such a problem — they shoot them. My friend Mary took exception with such extreme measures and described how she feeds the squirrels around her house. Her comments resonated with me, especially when I considered that my sister and brother-in-law are currently fostering two orphaned flying squirrels. There is, after all, a yin and a yang in life. We must honor that. So I set up a small squirrel feeding area on my deck using pieces of lumber from our recent tree removal.
As the picture demonstrates, the squirrels have found this solution very much to their liking. They have, for the most part, stopped raiding my feeders. I seem to have 3 squirrels that regularly visit my deck. If they get too obnoxious I set Tango loose on them and they scatter in every direction. He enjoys the romp and its best to keep the squirrels on their toes. My neighbor had some horror stories about squirrels chewing their way through screening to get food from inside the house. I sure don’t want that. ❧