Squirrel eating pizza

lj762

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How does He do it?
Honestly, I'm not sure. I was eating my lunch outside watching and I never saw him climb up. I chased him off a few times, but it seems like he waited until I was inside or out of sight before climbing back up. I suspect he just climbs up the slinky. Only the bottom moves a lot, higher up it moves less and he is probably able to hold on and just climb right up.
 
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h2ochild

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My family knows of my ongoing war with the bushy tailed rodents at the feeders. So much so that, birthdays,Christmas, Father's day gifts all include squirrel related stuff,T shirts, solar squirrels etc.... Last year I received a copy of Outwitting Squirrels by Bill Adler JR (Chicagoreviewpress.com). It is hysterically funny with anecdotal stories, actual birdfeeder reviews, the life history of the critters, and strategies to outwit them. The final Chapter: Quitting..
 

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Honestly, I'm not sure. I was eating my lunch outside watching and I never saw him climb up. I chased him off a few times, but it seems like he waited until I was inside or out of sight before climbing back up. I suspect he just climbs up the slinky. Only the bottom moves a lot, higher up it moves less and he is probably able to hold on and just climb right up.
Like this:

The action starts at 1:45.
 
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lj762

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I've now seen 'my' squirrel do it. He's really fast, but I think he is climbing the slinky and not touching the pole. He seems to start up the pole, then jump up and grab the slinky partway up where it doesn't move that much, and then he just climbs up the slinky. In the video posted above, that one seems to grab the pole through the slinky.

One person who saw the slinky setup said the way to stop squirrels raiding the bird feeder is to set up a corn feeder for the squirrels. That idea didn't go down well with the people paying for it. Another suggestion was one of those cone-shaped predator guards on the pole, and keep it greased.

I read somewhere that adding cayenne pepper to the bird seed will keep squirrels away. Tried it. Made me sneeze a lot, and didn't keep the squirrels away for long.
 
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enormiss

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Maybe I'm just lucky but I have my feeder hanging off a tree limb from a 1/16" steel cable about 5' long and the A frame roof covered with aluminum flashing. I put the flashing on for weatherproofing the wood, think it's the lack of grip on the cable that's a deterrent.
 
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