Swirls and Squirrels

Saturday, 23rd October 2004
Wild West Yorkshire nature diary

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drain cover As usual, autumn leaves, most of them from the tall boundary oak fifty yards away, have swirled around the driveway and ended up at the drain in the corner. I spent an afternoon clearing this drain in the summer so I'm glad my improvised cover is doing its job.
ground feeder

squirrelGround Feeder

Our ground feeder proved popular with the birds last spring; a pheasant became a regular visitor to our patio.

The local grey squirrel came and hogged the feeder, which wasn't too much of a problem until one day the bird seed ran low and it wrecked the feeder, chewing through the wooden frame.

seed hopperSquirrelsSeed Hopper

What kind of ground feeder would be squirrel-proof? I wondered if I could improvise a metal grid. Last time we called at the animal feed store for bird seed we asked if they could suggest anything.

How about this? A 3 litre seed hopper about 18 inches high: if we wire on the lid it should be proof against any form of squirrel attack. Next Page

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk

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