Tuesday, 4 January 2011

So how does a squirrel manage to defy a squirrel proof bird feeder?

So as you can see, the squirrel has returned and it is costing us a fortune in bird seed!
The reason it is managing to get to the seed is really quite obvious.
Half way up the feeder pole is a circular tray which acts as a barrier, and for a couple of years it did very effectively.
The only problem is the tray is now in a very sorry state, this is mainly due to a design flaw.

When it rains water runs down the inside of the poles even though there is a cap of sorts on the top,
when the water reaches the base it has no where to go, so gradually the pole fills up with water.
Then when it gets cold the water freezes causing this to happen....

See how the top pole section is being pushed out ! 
 So before the ice pushes the top pole out totally, which will send everything crashing to the ground again and causing even more damage to the tray, I had better get out there and remove the offending ice!


There all done! 
 and before I've even managed to close the door the birds have already returned to feed!