||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.
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.
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.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org