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  1. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Mar 19, 2017

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    We are fortunate to have many species of birds visiting the garden but the most elusive is the Woodpecker.
    The surrounding large trees are always resounding to the well known tap tap and the garden peanut feeder is always popular but the slightest movement and he takes flight but today was the day where luck was on my side.
    On my knees with camera raised above the window cill and lens against the glass a couple of blind shots produced one half reasonable result.

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    Canon EOS 550D iso400 f/5 1/60
     
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  2. sxl2004 Mar 19, 2017

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    Fantastic shot. Bird photography has all to do with passion, patience and preservance.
    Congrats.
     
  3. mrdata Mar 19, 2017

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    Very nice! :thumbsup:
     
  4. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Mar 19, 2017

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    Well done!
     
  5. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Mar 19, 2017

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    PS how do you keep squirrels off the peanut feeders? I see the baffles and assume they are regarded as minor inconveniences. :whistling:
     
  6. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Mar 19, 2017

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    Air rifle was pretty effective, so much so that with the new licensing laws introduced at the end of last year and not a sign of a squirrel for months I parted with the rifle and yes in no time they were back.
    No mater what I have tried is as you say a 'minor inconvenience' :mad:
     
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  7. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Mar 19, 2017

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    Squirrel proof feeders and hot pepper suet. Still the little bastards get fed and the birds have to wait their turn. Tried putting corn out for them as diversion but the wife gets upset when they fight over it.
     
  8. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Mar 19, 2017

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    We have 6 species of WP that come to our feeders . Two more found just north of us, the Northern three-toed WP and the Black-backed WP
     
  9. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Mar 19, 2017

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    Once strung a stainless cable between the house and a large tree , suspended a feeder in the middle only to watch a squirrel hanging upside down and working its' way to the feeder no problem at all :(
    Must confess it was pretty damned impressive.
     
  10. marcn Enough space to say witty Mar 19, 2017

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    I (may) love birds as much as the next guy, but when the squirrels are this clever, it's almost time to start shooing the birds away and take up squirrel watching!

    We have lovely hummingbirds where we are. One of these days, I'll figure out a feeder and camera rig.
     
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  11. ahartfie The black sheep in the Spee-ee-eee-eedmaster flock Mar 19, 2017

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    I've heard that Speedmaster fanboyism works as a deterrent.
     
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  12. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Mar 20, 2017

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    If only the wee b*****s were red :mad:

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  13. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Mar 20, 2017

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    Lucky you only have little squirrels, they are a bit bigger down under

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  14. Cosd Mar 20, 2017

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    That overhanging cage just gives them something to cling onto. What about something same shape but solid so they have nothing to grip onto? An upside down bucket maybe??

    Would also protect the nuts from rain....
     
  15. sxl2004 Mar 20, 2017

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    IMHO you cannot outwit squirrels.
    :eek::mad:::facepalm1::
     
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  16. Vitezi Mar 20, 2017

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    We use one of these:
    http://drollyankees.com/product/yankee-tipper-bird-feeder/
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    The bottom plate is spring loaded with enough tension to hold the weight of several birds. But a squirrel is too heavy, and the plate tips to offload the squirrel as shown.

    Other variants include this model:
     
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  17. sxl2004 Mar 20, 2017

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    The problem I see is that the squirrels will learn that a few rounds on the carousel will yield quiet some seeds on the floor. No need to eat from the source .:mad::D
     
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  18. Cosd Mar 20, 2017

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    We've sent men to the moon, I'm sure we can stop squirrels eating our nuts :)
     
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  19. sxl2004 Mar 20, 2017

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    Ahh but that was some 50 years ago.......squirrels are alive and they have plan (sorry Battlestar Galactica TV series reference):rolleyes:
     
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  20. Cosd Mar 20, 2017

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    Didn't think of that, my bad!!

    Damn clever squirrels
     
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