Beware Falling Objects

As we know, it took them a day or two to fathom it.

When Twirl-A-Squirrel was first installed they would sit and peer at the feeder from over the rim of the bird table. Something had changed.

Then a few cautious attempts..

The baffle is well designed. The squirrel slithers down the smooth dome and, with no foothold, has no option but put all of its weight on to the nut feeder. When it starts to turn for the first time.. the look on his face is classic!


Twirlasquirrel 12 Wm


They’ve tried jumping at the feeder sideways, from the bird table pole, in an attempt to bypass the baffle.

They’ve even tried jumping straight up from the ground. A height of some four or five times greater than the squirrel itself.

But they haven’t, yet, managed to find a way around the spin.

The feeder turns for about 20 seconds and then stops, for 5 seconds, before starting up again. With two feet clamped to the top, two feet gripping the bottom and head tucked in, they can just about manage it. A carelessly arranged appendage means only one thing.. imminent departure to terra firma.

If they hang on (there’s no lack of resolve) they’ll attack the feeder for all it’s worth in the 5 second window they have.


I may have to put up a hazard warning sign though.

Squirrels, like woodpeckers, are messy eaters. The arrival of either attracts a large crowd of ground feeders eager to capitalize on the scraps which fall. Bits of nut and suet are one thing. Heavier, furry, objects falling from the sky are a different matter entirely. It could have turned very nasty indeed on the day that Ptolemy happened to be standing underneath..


Pheasant 012 Wm


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  1. Jill Chandler April 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Feather bed landing, every luxury in your garden! Our ruse, many moons ago, different house, was to actually have a sqirrel feeder. It was a feeder with a lid. They thought they were very clever!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      That is a good ruse, and could work well here. They might leave the nut feeder for the birds and go for their own non-twirly option.

  2. Em April 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen a mouse waiting for the birds to drop bits of peanut under our feeder….there really doesn’t seem to be a species specific way of doing things!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      The bottom line is in-built opportunism!

  3. haggiz April 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Oh he’s such a beautiful bird – your photos are fantastic, I’m not sure who has won this round of the battle between squirrel and human though. Julie x

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      I think the jury is still out. I’m waiting for them to find a way to break it..

  4. frayedattheedge April 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I think that you need to have Kate Humble visit to make a “squirrel-watch” programme!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      It would have to be the nice Scottish chap who’s sometimes on that programme.

  5. BadPenny April 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Thoroughlly enjoying the saga !

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      I wonder what they will try next.. the ball is in their court.

  6. domesticali April 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Hey, falling squirrels as pheasant scarers probably has yet to be patented. It could catch on and make you billions!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      It could be better still.. the sight of that beak at close quarters had the squirrel on the run too!

  7. Wendy April 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I love the thought of the squirrels waiting for those five seconds between feeder spins. If they’ve worked out anything, they’ve sussed out that they have a window of opportunity to grab as much food as they can ( if they’ve managed to survive the previous spin).

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I should run a book on which of them will last the most spins..

  8. Rose H April 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    You never fail to make me laugh with the squirrel saga 😉 I think warning signs and hard hats are certainly required for the visitors underneath the twirler though.
    I’m curious, what’s the conical do-dah for on the bird table?
    Rose H

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      No idea. A rustic accoutrement maybe? All I know is, the squirrels (and the birds) are progressively stealing bits of it, so admire it while you can..

      • Rose H May 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

        And here was me thinking it was the remains of their Christmas tree 😉

        • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

          If it lasts the distance I’ll put fairy lights on it for them this year. x

  9. Judith April 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    The look on Ptolemy’s face seems to sum it up-let me at him! They are persistent little blighters, squirrels and yours seem to be particularly so.

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 12:29 am - Reply

      They are certainly that..

  10. Annie @ knitsofacto May 1, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    That bird clearly likes to live dangerously … I wouldn’t want to tangle with an angry flying squirrel that had just been bettered by gravity. Mind you, I wouldn’t want to tangle with Ptolemy either!!

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

      I thought they would fight.. instead each was as shocked as the other and both fled! Next time might be different.

  11. Natalie May 1, 2013 at 2:00 am - Reply

    That pheasant is exquisite!!!

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 8:31 am - Reply

      He is a handsome bird. He wants to be an internet sensation like Alex. x

  12. Janet/Plantaliscious May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Hilarious! I am impressed it works so well given how notorious squirrels are for working their way around the barriers put in their way. I still think you should be charging admission, for human visitors if not the squirrels themselves!

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Now then, getting in proper paying punters is an excellent idea!

  13. jabblog May 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I wonder how long it will take for the squirrels to work out how to defeat the baffle. I should think several five-second batterings might prove successful.

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      So far they seem more occupied in using their 5 seconds to get nuts.. but there will be a strategist in the pack somewhere I’m sure.

  14. steph May 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking Ptolemy almost is looking like he’d like to give that thing a whirl or two himself!!

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      He does a tippy toe thing to try and reach the bottom of the feeder. He’s just not quite tall enough, otherwise he might go a twirling too.

  15. elaine May 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I’m beginning to feel a bit sorry for the squirrel – and now I’m feeling sorry for Ptolemy.

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Don’t feel too sorry for the squirrels, they keep coming back for more.. And Ptolemy is well armed with that beak..

  16. Sarah May 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Your posts always make me smile and I love the action shots!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah x

  17. Rosie May 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Ptolemy does look a bit startled by the sight of a squirrel dropping right under his nose – well beak! So many nuts and only five seconds to grab them!:)

    • Jessica May 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      They seem to manage it!

  18. CherryPie May 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Looking good so far but… I am still wondering if they will crack the code…

    • Jessica May 2, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

      It has an air of inevitability about it doesn’t it.

  19. Heda May 2, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Ptolemy’s camouflage is wonderful. Lovely pic by the way.

    • Jessica May 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks Heda. He was standing on the gravel path next to the border with the bird table in it. Posing beautifully for Mike – no doubt thinking he was going to get some food..

  20. Willow May 3, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Oh what a gorgeous pheasant ! I miss seeing them, we don’t see them in our area. Your photos are amazing.

    • Jessica May 3, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Willow. He is beautiful!

  21. snowbird May 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Ptolemy sure is a stunner!!! That pic of him is amazing!!! You do make me laugh!!!xxxx

    • Jessica May 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      The wildlife provide all the entertainment, I just have to write about it!!

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