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!
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 that fall.
But 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..