Saturday, March 02, 2013


Santa Fe, NM has prairie dogs and Saint Francis.  Wethersfield, CT has squirrels and us.

            To nourish these little eastern critters we maintain three “bird” feeders – one of which is truly, honest to God, certified, “squirrel proof” and two of which clearly are not – plus one truly, honest to God, certified, “Picnic Table Squirrel Feeder”. 
"Give squirrels their own feeder!
“Keep squirrels away from your bird feeders by giving them their own feeders, like this one that is designed to look just like a little picnic table. The ear of corn sits on top of what would be the table, and is a clear invitation to any nearby squirrels.

“Can hold one ear of corn, and measures 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 9 inches.”

One problem – well two actually.   
(1) this device does not “keep squirrels away from your bird feeders.”   
And (2) the screw onto which the ear of corn is threaded keeps slipping back down through its hole until its point is level with the table top – thus rendering it totally useless. And (there being no access to the screw head) there is no easy way to turn the helically threaded metal pin back up to its full, intended height.  I use a pair of pliers and slow, one-rotation-at-a-time method – at least every other day.  It takes about five minutes of annoying small motor skills.

Which combined with today's weather begs the question:

Rain’s falling, screw’s loose.

Will the squirrels get their food?

What would S. F. do?

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