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6th Apr, 2004

There is now a seed-feeder hanging in sight of our kitchen window. It is designed to make life difficult for squirrels, but difficult is not impossible. Our resident (gray) squirrel hangs by his hind feet from the bar above, and snatches and eats seeds from the edge of the feeder.
So, since the seeds are actually intended for birds, once in a while we chase him (or her) away.
Yesterday when Meriol chased him he chose to run next door, up to the roof ridge, thirty feet or more off the ground, where he sat for a few moments displaying a classic Tufty profile against the sky. This I have seen before. But then something happened I have not seen before. A bird - I think a young starling - flew from the chimney pot straight at the squirrel, and drove him from his ridge tile. And then again from his resting place on the gutter, and again from the flat roof of the extension, until the squirrel was driven from the house altogether.
The starling is better at chasing him off than we are: he was back on the bird feeder within half an hour, but I haven't seen him climb next door's roof since.

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the_gardener
6th Apr, 2004 02:17 (UTC)
Re: Selective feeding
Probably nothing more than that their catalogue happened to be to hand when we first thought of purchasing bird feed. They don't do everything -- I buy fat products from Jacobi Jayne -- but they gave me a customer number and I've stuck with them ever since.

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