Give Us A Twirl

Twirlasquirrel 7 Wm




Twirlasquirrel 2 Wm


Tentative approach..


Twirlasquirrel 4 Wm




Twirlasquirrel 5 Wm


“I’m sure this didn’t happen yesterday..”


Twirlasquirrel 9 Wm


Head tucked in is good..


Twirlasquirrel 8 Wm


Because as soon as there’s a wobble..


Twirlasquirrel 11 Wm


The spin isn’t as fast as the images suggest.

The bottom of the feeder is less than a metre from the ground and the surface below is soft soil.

The squirrels show absolutely no sign of distress, most of the time they jump straight back up for another go..!!


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  1. snowbird April 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    WOW! It works…..brilliant!xxxx

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      At least they can’t nibble while they’re twirling..

  2. Crafty Gardener April 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    An amusement park for the critters 🙂

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Inadvertently, I do seem to have created one!

  3. Countryside Tales April 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! I’ve been waiting for this post all week. Love the fact they get straight back on again. They’ll probably tell all their friends and you’ll end up with a garden full of squirrels queuing to have a go.

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Then they will all have to chip in to pay for the batteries..

  4. Em April 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    That is just as fantastic as I’d hoped. What fabulous pictures. You should send them to the manufacturers!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      I have to say, it lived up to my expectations too.. the jury’s still out on whether it works, but it is funny..

  5. Dee April 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I Love it!! I laughed so hard that tears popped out off my eyes as I spewed coffee across my desk!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Hello Dee and welcome to rusty duck!
      I still laugh every time I look at those photos. They are almost better than watching the real thing!

    • Dee April 28, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

      I have been reading for a long time, not really a lurker…I don’t have my own blog and leaving a comment is often like the swirling squirrel ride for the commenter!

      • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 1:22 am - Reply

        We’re a friendly lot and you really are very welcome on board Dee. It’s great to hear what you think!

  6. Denise April 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    The Mission Impossible of the squirrel world! The twirly feeder seems to up to the job, Jessica!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Don’t speak too soon, they WILL be working on how to break it..

  7. steph April 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    A squirrel-y Disneyland!!!! (Dizzyland, maybe!) Priceless!!!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      They will definitely have to pay an entrance fee..

  8. Sue April 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I’m smiling a lot here. Thank you!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      The birds all sit and watch from the surrounding trees. I think they are smiling too!

  9. Jill Chandler April 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply


    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      It must have been invented by a long suffering bird feeder..

  10. haggiz April 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Those photos made me laugh so much the whole family had to come and see what I was laughing at! Julie x

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      It’s the sense of movement that the camera captures. I’m still going to try a video, but I can’t help feeling that the still photos will be just as funny.

  11. Wendy April 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I love this. The feeder is a success! Now I wonder how long these squirrels will keep coming back. It’s a shame they all look so alike; so you won’t know if it is different squirrels trying it out or the same one coming back for another ride.

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      I can hear the twirler working as I type.. I’d guess it’s a new squirrel. It fell off well short of the current endurance record!

  12. elaine April 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Is it a bird, is it a plane – no it’s super squirrel!

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Certainly their tenacity has no bounds.

  13. Rosie April 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I had a feeling that they might enjoy it! How much are you charging per ride or twirl? It’s got to be worth a peanut or two:)

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Perhaps they will get bored when the novelty wears off??

  14. John April 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply


    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Thank you John!

  15. Josephine April 28, 2013 at 12:54 am - Reply

    It’s almost worth rewarding them with a peanut or two, just for the entertainment value they provide !
    Awesome shots !

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

      And I suppose they do deserve it for their perseverance!

  16. Virginia Atkin April 28, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

    I’ve been popping in frequently, hoping you’d catch an ‘action shot’ but this is beyond my wildest dreams! We don’t have squirrels in New Zealand so they are just “cute furry creatures” to us – but I can see how much of a pest they must be to you. Do they also carry diseases? Our possums carry very nasty bovine TB so are a major menace to the farming folk. I love reading of your exploits. I meant to congratulate the Master Plumber for his success recently! More than I’d dare let my husband attempt!

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Hi Virginia, and welcome to rusty duck!
      I’m not sure if they carry disease, but they can be extremely destructive, stripping bark from trees and attacking birds’ nests. I like to put out food for the birds but the squirrels will scoff the lot if they can, destroying expensive feeders in the process. They are endearing though, it has to be said, intelligent and fun loving. I’m convinced they deliberately goad Mike into chasing them down the garden with the water pistol!
      It’s badgers that carry bovine TB here, leading to a proposal to cull them, very controversial.

  17. frayedattheedge April 28, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I’m still laughing!

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply


  18. Rose H April 28, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    I’m going to be giggling all day! Amazing images of the best ride at the fair 😉

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

      I have a feeling I’ve shot myself in the foot.. the idea was to make our feeder LESS desirable..
      Thanks Rose 🙂

  19. Sue April 28, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Brilliant shots.

    They could be queuing up soon for goes on the ’roundabout’ 🙂

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

      It is going to cost me a fortune in batteries!!

  20. rachel April 28, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Do you remember those rather louche young men who were in charge of the fairground waltzers when we were young? And how nonchalantly they rode the ups and downs without holding on? I think your twirling squirrels will end up with that attitude – coolly feeding as they whizz round…..

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      I do remember.
      It’s when the squirrels turn up wearing sunglasses that we have to worry..

  21. Pats. April 28, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Ah hahaha….They’ll be using it as a spin dryer when it’s rained you know! ” Does my fur look good on this?” Anthropomorphing!

    • Jessica April 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      I could set up a beauty salon. Dip in the river and blow dry. Fairly priced (to cover the cost of the batteries). Perhaps I’d better not put Mike in charge of the river dip bit though..

  22. Judith April 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Curly whirlies! You’re having so much fun with this!

    • Jessica April 29, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Not just me 🙂

  23. CherryPie April 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    But did they manage to steal a few nuts?

    • Jessica April 29, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      A few, which I think they deserve to be fair!

  24. Janet/Plantaliscious April 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Oh, thank you, but did you intend to supply the local squirrel population with a new ‘Alton Towers’ adventure, and not even charge admission for it?!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

      I didn’t think they’d take to it quite as much as they have!!

  25. Natalie April 30, 2013 at 3:49 am - Reply


    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

      It has been quite amusing I have to confess..!

  26. Jo April 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    It works. I’m sure the money you save on bird food will offset the cost of the batteries.

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      That’s a good point Jo..

  27. Vintage jane April 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Hilarious! They may look cute but they’re dangerous vandals. We had a couple in our loft and they ripped out a sizeable amount of our insulation and started chewing our electric cables! M x

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply


  28. Annie @ knitsofacto May 1, 2013 at 1:15 am - Reply

    See, I told you twirling was a squirrel parlous game!

    • Annie @ knitsofacto May 1, 2013 at 1:17 am - Reply

      Oops! Parlour game … but parlous might cover it too. A parlous parlour game … ooh, the thrills!

      • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

        You were right.. on both counts!!!

  29. hehee I’m so dizzy that would be hilarious to watch in real time

    • Jessica April 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      It is! The twirler does actually work, but even if it didn’t the entertainment value would be worth it in itself! Those squirrels are so determined to hang on. But, we have new batteries fitted and I am standing by with the video camera..

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