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  • B3B3 Posts: 13,224
    Mine have been safe on the washing line - so far😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 851
    Grease the pole to stop the squirrel climbing, stopped them climbing ours.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 31,042
    They can't get in my bird feeders. I can tell what they're thinking after watching them for a while, but I can't possibly repeat it here.... :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • B3B3 Posts: 13,224
    edited October 2019
    There ar not many things more revolting than a couple of spider legs dangling from a cat's mouth.
    Its the crane fly daddylonglegs I was writing about but I haven't seen the spider ones either.
    Oops wrong thread😯
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 25,283
    B3 said:
    There ar not many things more revolting than a couple of spider legs dangling from a cat's mouth.
    Its the crane fly daddylonglegs I was writing about but I haven't seen the spider ones either.
    Oops wrong thread😯
    what about what's coming out of the other end of the cat? 
    Devon.
  • B3B3 Posts: 13,224
    We had a dog that ate a length of string once. It didn't come out in a ball😒
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 13,224
    Not about a feeder as such
    We have an acer and a rosa glauca growing very close together. While the sparrows are taking some interest in the hips, they seem more interested in next year's buds on the acer.
    Will more develop for next year?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,117
    We had a brambling around the feeding area yesterday, which is the first time I've seen one. Surprised that I haven't seen them before as its the ideal habitat here. 
  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 457
    My Spring project this year is I'm going to try building a hanging bird feeder down at our get-away cabin.  At first my husband was skeptical, but now that I have a plan, he thinks it just might work for me.  We have lots of American Cardinals down there that nest in and feed on our Yaupon Holly bushes and berries.  When we bought the place I found a cylindrical metal screen mesh in the barn with a contiguous bottom that I think came off a chimney top somewhere.  It's about 10" in diameter.  Clearly there is a screen top sitting on the cabin fireplace, so this was another one or was being used for something else.  Plan to slide a large piece of 6" PVC pipe inside (cut to length) to force the sunflower seeds (cardinals' favorites) and bits of suet to the outer edges of the cylinder.  The cardinals should be able to grab the mesh and eat from the cylinder vertically.  At least that is my hope.  I found a cheap metal ceiling light shade at a rummage sale for a lid.  My husband is going to drill 2 small holes into two sides so I can wire it on top for a lid to 1) hopefully keep squirrels out and 2) allow seed replenishing with ease.  We don't see many squirrels down there because of a preponderance of hawks all day long.  I'm hoping with the entire apparatus swinging from the tree limb outside our dining room seating area,  any squirrel cheeky enough will slide off, as it is quite sloped and painted slick on surface.  I may rig up a sort of metal pie tin base so those feathered friends that prefer to eat standing can do so.  I'll be sure to post a photo of the finished project when I get around to making/finishing it. 
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,976
    Sounds great, @PeggyTX.  Photos with Cardinals on would be lovely...   :)

    Our feeders have been up for nearly a fortnight now.  The six-port seed feeder, filled with sunflower hearts, is particularly popular - loads of finches, including more goldfinches than ports so they have to queue... and greenfinches, very rarely seen where we used to be in W.Yorks.  And, this morning, lesser redpolls.  Never seen them before - had to look up the little stripey-backed birds on line...  apparently they are now quite common in Ireland.  Need to order more sunflower hearts ASAP.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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