Squirrels: To Feed or Not To Feed?

Squirrel Sitting in a Feeder
Squirrel Sitting in a Feeder

If you put out food for birds, you are almost guaranteed to have other critters come to eat too. In my yard, this means a slew of squirrels and a huge groundhog (although I haven’t seen the groundhog this year, so I’m hopeful it has moved!) The squirrels cause me all kinds of grief, but to put it in perspective, at least I don’t have raccoons or bears carrying off the feeders entirely!

Keeping squirrels from dominating the bird feeders and eating a large portion of the food has been a continuous challenge. I’ve experimented with different types of seed, different types of feeders and different ways of protecting the seed and feeders from the squirrels. I’ve had some luck, but my yard still isn’t squirrel free. So for the past six months or so I’ve been experimenting with a different approach to keeping squirrels out of the feeders: feeding them!

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Another Weekend Birding at Patuxent’s North Tract

A Wet Day at Lake Allen
A Wet Day at Lake Allen at Patuxent Research Refuge

This weekend we wound up spending a good chunk of Saturday and Sunday birding at Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract. Neither day turned out as we had hoped or expected, but we still saw something to excite us each day. It’s just that kind of place . . .

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