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Welcome Guests, or Unwanted Pests
January 08, 2018

A belated Happy New Year to you.

The time off is just what I needed.

We had an enjoyable holiday season.

Yolanda is just now getting over her cold, but not before she shared it with Karen and me.

I'm not saying I get a lot of Northern cardinals in the winter, but I do get my share.

This is just a sampling of what covers a stretch in back.

You will notice the sticks, they are placed to keep hawks at bay.

As long as the birds stay within, they are pretty well protected.

It is the birds that wonder that get into trouble.

The start of a new year brings resolutions to break.

It is also seed catalog season.

I enjoy thumbing through them time and again before I make up my lists.

You too?

We are having a heat wave.

The bitter cold that has gripped much of North America is letting up this week.

Yes, there is even rain forecast for Thursday, as temperatures get above freezing.

A welcome reprieve from single degree highs and well below zero low temperatures we have experienced for more than two weeks.

It goes with the territory, I'm not complaining too much.

I do however, get a chuckle out of my friends in the deep south that panic over an inch or two of white.

I had a few different ideas to write on, but I chose the topic on squirrels and your feeders.


Squirrels, Feeder Pest or Welcome Guest.

You may 'love em' enough to feed them and maybe have a pet name for your favorite squirrel.

Yes, you adore the furry rascal and possibly hand feed one or six of them.

Or, you may hate them.

The varmints eat up all you bird food.

You spend time and money repelling them or trying to repel them is a multi million dollar business.

We buy contraptions and repellents.

We chase.

We spray.

You may shoot at them.

You buy special feeders.

You just don't want them on your feeders or even in your yard.

Now, I understand that squirrels are smart and I know they see an easy opportunity to feed.

Sometimes I think they entertain us on purpose.

After all, they have all day to figure out our schemes.

(I do get a kick out of shooing them away from the platform feeder on the deck.)

They chew apart your feeders.

They eat all the good stuff.

They keep the birds from feeding.

After all, I do this to feed birds, not the tree rats.


One thing I must add.......

Please do not grease up or put oils on the feeder poles.

Though it may seem entertaining, this with mat down the fur, the fur that is there for protection and insulation.

Matted and dirty fur can lead to freezing to death.

Depending on your feeding stations, you can virtually deter them from your feeders.

By offering some decent food at ground level, you can also keep them off your feeders.

Feeder Pests and Unwanted Guests, will give you several ideas and options to deter squirrels and other feeder pests.

Me, I can keep them off a most of my feeders all of the time.

But my best efforts to deter are to allow them to eat the feed I toss on the ground.

So, I toss a little extra so the furry gluttons can feed.

Check out the picture.

Five squirrels grazing, and there are a couple more beyond the camera's view.

But why did God allow this to happen?

Why the mass shootings.

God didn't leave, we kicked Him out of our schools, governments, and daily lives.

But why did God allow the violent storms?

This is a bit more difficult to explain, or understand.

After Adam and Eve sinned, the perfect was made imperfect.

We now live in a fallen world.

Read on.

Baffles have worked for all my feeders, except where I have a peanut feeder and suet log hanging.

Specialized feeders that close when a squirrel tries to feed also work wonders.

(Squirrels aren't after the suet however, they are after the seed within.)

These feeders allow for above and below attacks, but enough harassing and the rodents knowing they can feed uninterrupted in back, they pretty much leave these feeders alone now.

Be sure to read up on

Gray squirrels ( or black morphs) fox squirrels, red squirrels or whatever squirrels you have.

I hope this gives you a few ideas ans what ever you do, don't fret so much.

After all, you are feeding birds to relax and enjoy, not get ulcers or high blood pressure over it all.

Feeder Pests and Unwanted Guests, it offers a few ideas to help you.

Maybe win a battle or two, if not the war.

Remember, enjoy life.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“A man is not much if he can't depend on himself,
and nothing if others can't depend on him.”

Benjamin Black (Irish novelist)

How important are good friends?

King Solomon has this to say.

"The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray".

Proverbs 12:26

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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