I love squirrels, but they’re quite the little piggies. They always want the birds’ food stash. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it – you have to admire their ingenuity!
There’s plenty of bird seed on the ground for them, but they want first dibs. They want ALL dibs.
At first they climbed up the metal pole, so we put a squirrel baffle up. They laughed and climbed over it.
Next we greased several inches of the pole beneath the baffle as well as the top of the baffle. That worked well.
For a while.
Until one very limber college-educated squirrel with a double degree in physics and calculus realized that he could figure the distance from the flower pot to the pole, allowing for the upward trajectory of the baffle to calculate the perfect launch angle. (Who says colleges aren’t what they used to be?!)
He bested us poor fools with simple degrees in literature and business.
Sorry for the screen in the first two pictures, I was shooting through a window and was just anxious to get pictures of this little scenario that had played out a number of times. He didn’t actually make it the first four times he jumped, but he was rewarded for his tenacity at long last. You have to admire that! 🙂
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