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Those who follow my blog have see lots of photos of birds at my feeders but they aren’t the only things that I find at my feeders.

The ones I would just as soon not see are the bears that come around every few years. They usually turn up in the spring just after emerging from hibernation. Unfortunately I don’t have any bear shots but I have watched one sit out under the bird feeder and tip up the feeder and drain the seeds into his mouth.

My bird feeders are probably fifty yards from the nearest trees so I don’t have squirrels very often but they do show up occasionally. I watched this one for several hours trying to figure out how to get to my feeder. He eventually succeeded so I had to remove some pine branches I had placed at the base of the feeder for shelter for the birds. Once I did that he didn’t come around again.

Grey Squirrel

On one occasion, late in the day, I noticed movement by the feeder and looked out to find Red the fox under the feeder. It had been very cold for a few days and he looked the worse for wear even though he looks good on this shot. He was probably looking for rabbits who is a frequent visitor to the feeder. Rabbits usually turn up in the evening after dark but this shot was taken one day whenit spent the day under a porch near the feeder.

Red Fox

 

Rabbit

As spring approaches¬† I’m likely to see Opossums under the feeder.

Opossum

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I rarely have squirrels at my birdfeeders so I don’t get to photograph them very often. My brother-in-law has lots of squirrels. Most of them are Grey Squirrels but he also has a few Red Squirrels and some Black Squirrels. In the past few years Black Squirrels have become much more common although on this particular day I had to stand around in the cold for quite a while before one turned up.

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I was really excited to see the Grey Squirrel at my bird feeder a couple of weeks ago. It has been five years since I’ve seen a squirrel at my feeder. The euphoria was short lived and I now understand why my brother-in-law has declared war on them. He was on my feeder when I woke up this morning. We were having yet another snowstorm. He looked very comfortable on the feeder so I let him eat for a while before opening the window and hollering at him. Later in the morning while I was photographing birds I noticed that my feeder looked a little strange. Upon closer examination I noticed that the squirrel had started tearing apart my feeder. A state of war has now been declared!

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It has been a busy week at my bird feeding station. There are, of course, all sorts of birds. There have been as many as six White-tailed Deer at one time. I have a nightly visit by a raccoon. However, the most interesting visitor was a Grey Squirrel. It was fun to watch his antics as he tries to climb up to my bird feeders.

It’s been over five years since I’ve had a squirrel at my feeding station. ¬†I see them in the woods quite frequently but there is about 50 to 75 yards of open space between the edge of the woods and my feeding station so they usually don’t venture as far as the feeders because they are too exposed when at the feeders.

I had seen this fellow fleeing from the station several times recently as I drove in the driveway but I had not actually seen him on the station. Earlier this week I actually saw him on the station. I happened to catch some unusual movement on the pines I have below my station. On closer inspection it was the squirrel working his way up my station. When first I saw him he was perched halfway up the station. He stopped because I think he saw me in the window and was trying to decide if I was a threat to him.

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After remaining perched for some time he decided to continue his journey and started to shimmy up the pole to reach the top of the station. He then walked across the top of the station to reach my Stokes Feeder which contains the black sunflower seeds that he was after. He tried to lower himself to the top of the Stokes Feeder but just hung above the feeder because he couldn’t quite figure out how to get down to the top of the feeder.

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He then retreated all of the way back down the station retracing his earlier route. He then found another route up the feeder station. Actually he just went to the other side of the station and worked his way back up. This time he successfully lowered himself to the top of the Stokes Feeder but he still couldn’t figure out how to lower himself over the top of the feeder and reach the sunflower seeds.

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After several attempts he gave up and came back down the station. He decided to try another route to the feeder. He walked over to a fence post I have in the ground near the station. This time he climbed up the fence post, jumped to a branch hanging from the top of the station and walked over to the Stokes Feeder. Ironically he ended up back in the same place, on top of the Stokes Feeder. This time he was able to get over the top of the feeder and reach the bottom of the feeder. After clutching the bottom of the feeder for a while he gave up and worked his way back down to the ground.

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He then tried yet another route to reach the sunflower seeds. He climbed part way up the station and then reached over to some pine branches I had under the Stokes Feeder. He climbed up the pine branches until he was able to reach the bottom of the Stokes Feeder. He grabbed the bottom of the feeder and this time was able to pull himself up to the feeder. He spent too much time walking around the feeder enjoying the black sunflower seeds.

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It was a stitch watching him but now that success was in hand I decided that enough was enough and opened the window and hollered at him. He attempted to jump from Stokes Feeder to my suet feeder a distance of about five feet. Unfortunately he misjudged the distance and ended up making a nice swan dive to the ground before hightailing it to the woods.

About fifteen minutes later I looked out and he was back. I hollered at him again and this time he headed for the woods and didn’t return. My wife said she saw him at the feeder early the next morning but I haven’t seen him since. It is just about time to rearrange the feeding station for the arrival of the spring bird so once that is done he won’t be able to reach the feeders. There is still plenty of seed on the ground even though the birds, deer and raccoons have been busy cleaning it up.

Of course I have a variety of birds that show up each year at my birdfeeder but I also have other critters that turn-up periodically.

The one I would just as soon not see are the bears that come around every few years. They usually turn up in the spring just after emerging from hibernation. Unfortunately I don’t have any shots of him but I have watched him sit out under the birdfeeder and tip up the feeder and drain the seeds into his mouth.

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My birdfeeders are probably fifty yards from the nearest trees so I don’t have squirrels very often but they do show up occasionally. I watched this one for several hours trying to figure out how to get to my feeder. He eventually succeeded so I had to remove some pine branches I had placed at the base of the feeder for shelter for the birds. Once I did that he didn’t come around again.

Red Fox

On one occasion, late in the day, I noticed movement by the feeder and looked out to find Red the fox under the feeder. It had been very cold for a few days and he looked the worse for wear even though he looks good on this shot. He was probably looking for Hoppy the rabbit who is a frequent visitor to the feeder. +

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Hoppy the rabbit usually turns up in the evening after dark but this shot was taken one day when he spent the day under a porch near the feeder.

Opossum

Another common visitor is pinky the opossum who usually turns up on warmer days and spends several house eating seeds around the feeder before heading off to the woods for the evening. If things work out well and I forget to shut the garage door he will come into the garage. One time he got into a house I made so one of the cats could sleep outside in the garage. It was quite a project to get him out of the cat house and then out of the garage.