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Remember back in January I fixed a feeder to my study window?

A Great Tit was first on the scene but as the weeks went by more and more birds could be found feasting on the seed.

 
 

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I’ve so enjoyed having the birds this close. My desk chair is literally a couple of feet inside the window, a lovely opportunity to study them in detail. I’ve even been mooned. Extricating seed from underneath the bar seems to necessitate having your tail end pressed hard up against the perspex at the back of the box. So cute.

 
 

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I didn’t realise until looking at the photos what a mess they’ve made of the feeder. Mucky little pups. Although some of it may have come from the weather. Judging by the window and the roof of the box it seems the recent rain has been pretty mucky too. It has been coming from the south east now I think about it, carrying sand straight off the Sahara?

Some birds opt for a take away service. Such customers will zoom in, grab a seed and make off with it post haste to the nearest tree. Others, the tits especially, prefer to eat on the premises. Which means, of course, that there are always second helpings close at hand. The tits hold the seeds between their toes and smash them to bits against the black plastic of the perch. When they really go to town it can get quite noisy, enough for Mike to hear in the next room. More than once I’ve had to ask them to “Shuush”.

 
 

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As you can see, we’re using mixed seed. The birds treat it like a Quality Street tin. They watch as we refill it and there’s an almost immmediate rush. The ‘Purple Ones’ and Caramel Cups disappear in an instant. Montelimars are thrown unceremoniously out of the box..

 
 

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..though there’s always someone willing to pick them up

 
 

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Excitement runs at fever pitch until only the Strawberry Delights and Orange Creme remain. I’ve seen a queue, orderly (mostly), three birds deep.

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But you know how it’s all going to end don’t you. Some even predicted it. I admit to having been sceptical. It is a first floor window after all..

 
 

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Rats.

 
 
 

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118 Comments

  1. Julie.C April 5, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Thank you for a cheering post those darn squirrels they always find a way.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

      They certainly do. Thanks Julie and welcome!

  2. Backlane Notebook April 5, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Nutkin Pah! He’s been rummaging in tightly packed pots of tulips here looking for his walnuts. And how lovely to be that close to bird life from the comfort of your desk. The row of bird boxes in the lane here have had visitors but so briefly that by the time I’ve found my camera they’ve moved in and out again. It will happen though because there’s increased activity and the clematis is beginning to give cover.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      You won’t be able to keep up if they’re all occupied. And a garden full of fledglings, how lovely is that!

  3. Sue April 5, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Drat …. you just knew they would find it eventually didn’t you 🙁

    Gorgeous photos …. even the one of the squirrel tail 🙂

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      I suppose so Sue. If he was sitting there watching the birds get the seed you can be sure he would be figuring out a way. And sure enough he has.

  4. Sue Garrett April 5, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Maybe a cage around the outside. Not very pretty though! The suction on the feeder must be good I would’ve expected the weight of the squirrel to bring it off the window.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      I did remove the box temporarily, the squirrel was shaking it so much I feared he would rip it off. And then box plus squirrel falling on to the path below. Horrible thought.

      • Jayne Hill April 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

        “squirrel falling onto path below” actually sounds like the best thing that could happen to the nasty grey little tree rat . . .

        • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

          Mike would agree with you. I’m too soft I guess. Watch out for the next post. It has a couple of shots in it that could melt even your heart..

  5. Christina April 5, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Could you put a cage around it? Maybe you’ve been lucky to get away with it for so long Great pics! Brilliant.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Anchoring it would be the issue I think. We’d have to screw into tiled sill, cob wall or plastic window frame none of which would be ideal. Except that a hole in said plastic window might hasten the day we are able to get rid of it.

  6. Sam April 5, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Blinking pesky squirrels! You’ve got to love their tenacity though. Love the pics, especially the nuthatch. They’re such pretty birds.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      I do love the nuthatches. They prefer to eat from hanging feeders so they’re struggling a bit with the shiny plastic perch. It doesn’t seem to stop them coming back though.

  7. Becky April 5, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Yet again, another brilliant blog that didnt fail to put a smile on my face! Lovely photos!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

      You’re too kind, thanks Becky and welcome to rusty duck!

  8. Marian St.Clair April 5, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Rats, indeed! What a bugger he is. On another topic, have you been to Cothay Manor? If all goes as scheduled, I’ll be there with a group on the morning of Thursday, June 9, and then at Mapperton House in the afternoon. If it is a good time for a day’s adventure, it would be a thrill to meet you. The full itinerary is linked to the tour page of my blog.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      I haven’t been to Cothay Manor and it is well and truly on my must see list, it would be great to meet up! In June the gardens will be looking superb too, in fact your whole itinerary looks wonderful! The only possible issue that I have is some building work that is scheduled for about then, so I’d have to make sure I could be free on the day. I’ve put it in the diary, can we email nearer the time? I’ve got your address via WordPress.

  9. kate@barnhouse April 5, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    They’re just ‘Rats’ with long tails to me, I can never understand why garden centres sell squirrel food. Lovely photo story full of gorgeous shots, you even manage to make the vermin look cute.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Tree rats is what we call them. But I suppose they have to eat like any other creature. And you have to admire their ingenuity. Better people than me have taken on squirrels and failed.

  10. Pauline April 5, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I did warn you!! Stunning shots of the birds, but squirrels will always find a way and now that it knows that the food is there……. The squirrels here are always climbing the walls to see if they can jump down onto the bird feeder from the balcony, thank goodness it is just out of reach.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

      You did and I had you in mind while writing the post. It’s been back several times. I’ve had the field cam trained on the window to see if I can catch it in action.

  11. Vera April 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I’m soooo sorry, Jessica, but I did laugh, it was the first photo of the squirrel’s tail that did it!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

      In different circumstances it would be a quite beautiful tail 🙂

  12. pagedogs April 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Your coal tits look like our chickadees, your nuthatches look like cousins to ours, your robins are much cuter and smaller than ours, but–why am I not surprised–your squirrel looks exactly like the ones out my window. Resilient little critters.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

      We also have marsh tits and willow tits (almost indistinguishable) and they are very similar to chickadees. And the squirrel, yes, same old, same old. They lost none of their guile on the journey across the pond.

  13. Vintage Jane April 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    What a lovely post. We’ve been lucky with our feeders … so far!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Long may it continue! When a squirrel finds one it doesn’t tend to leave.

  14. Rosie April 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Oh, no! Those squirrels get everywhere, we are always running out of the back door and going ‘grr’ at the squirrels, they take not a blind bit of notice and I sometimes wonder what on earth the neighbours think.. Are the squirrels shinning up a drainpipe or clinging to the walls as if mountain climbing? It’s funny but at our feeder it’s the tits that grab and run (well fly) and the sparrows and goldfinches that linger:).

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I think I’ve worked out how he does it but I’ve trained the field cam on the window and surrounds to test my theory.

  15. Alain April 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    You nuthatch looks very much like ours.
    I can relate to the title of your post since winter has been back for the last few days after it had been going so well!!!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Oh no! It’s time for Spring, tell that snow to go packing Alain.

  16. willow April 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Oh dear. Would moving the feeder up to the next pane of glass help – squirrels can’t climb a completely smooth surface – or can they? I do like your bird feeder but I am sure I would have the same squirrel problem.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      I’m very tempted to try that. Maybe even two panes up so the squirrel doesn’t attempt to leap up to it from the sill. It would be a very stupid thing for it to do, but who knows?

  17. FlowerAlley April 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I loved the peeking Robin pic and the pic of the squirrel’s tail. They are such smart little critters. They notice everything. Embrace your furry neighbor.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

      I might if they helped pay for all the bird seed that they eat..

  18. homeslip April 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I won’t eat soft-centred fruity chocolates either. Lovely view of the bubbling river you have. Oh no, just about to gear myself up to cycle to allotment and it’s started to rain – quite hard. Hope it stops before supper time, it’s hungry gap season and I’ve already researched 101 ways with purple sprouting broccoli.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

      We’re well matched here because I like the nutty & toffee ones and Mike likes the soft centres. Any nougat or turkish delight that comes our way goes in the bin. Good luck with the broccoli!

  19. Tahoe girl April 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Such great pictures and so much fun to see that out your window. Good luck with the squirrel !!!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      They are great fun to watch, especially as they’re so picky with the seed. They spend ages sorting through it to find the best ones.

  20. Christina April 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, well, I can’t help but giving your squirrels credit for their persistence and creativity in figuring things out. After all they just want to life as, too. Since you don’t seem to be able to get rid of them, I wonder if there is a way to live peacefully together with the little buggers? But maybe this is a question that can only be asked by someone, who has hardly any squirrels in the garden…
    Warm regards,
    Christina

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right with your last sentence. The trouble is they’re far too greedy. They want all the food for themselves and persist until they get it. And it costs us a fortune because any food we put out is gone in minutes!

  21. angie the freckled rose April 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, look at that guilty little squirrel! He know what he is doing is wrong. It’s so funny to see his face sneaking up after all those adorable bird pics. I have some sneaky squirrels in my yard as well. They will perform all sorts of stunts to try to get the bird seed. Even with the cone guard, I’ve seen some do ridiculous acrobatic style jumps all in hopes of grabbing a few seeds.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      If they were hungry I would feel sorry for them, but there’s plenty of food around in the woods and none of them look exactly skinny!

  22. Jo April 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I was scrolling down slowly. I loved reading this post & as for the squirrel tail shot! xx

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Couldn’t believe it when I saw that tail. Little blighters!

  23. Denise April 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Where there’s a squirrel, there’s a way! Love the nuthatch, by the way…lovely birds.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      True, sadly. I watch them performing death defying leaps between trees way up off the ground. They’ve got balls anyway.

  24. Kris P April 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Those little monsters are unstoppable! You’ve reminded me that all my feeders are empty (including the “squirrel feeder”) so I’m off to take care of my own critters.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      We’ve just had to empty and refill the window feeder.. the squirrel left four calling cards!!

  25. johnw7429 April 5, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    It took your friend a while to discover it, does staring at it out of the window not scare it away or is it too bold? It seemed such a good idea and it was lovely to see your welcome d visitors too! Sarah x

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah. I’ve even banged my fist on the window and it just sits there looking at me. We have to physically open the window before it takes fright and leaps away. They are far too bold.

  26. Dorothy Borders April 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Ah, the squirrels! Bane of people who feed birds everywhere. My feeders are on posts and we’ve installed squirrel baffles that are very effective in keeping them out. But how would you “baffle” a window feeder? I’m at a loss, but good luck. It would be a shame to lose your entertainment.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      I’m beginning to think feeders on poles with baffles are our only solution elsewhere in the garden. But protecting the window feeder has turned out to be impossible. Unless we have a cage of some sort bolted to the sill, but it would ruin the sill and not look very pretty either.

  27. Freda April 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Beautifully told Jessica!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      The wildlife make the post themselves really 🙂

  28. wherefivevalleysmeet April 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    You can actually see the glee on his face at having made the discovery and then found that he can actually reached the seeds easily.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      I am quite sure there is a huge element of gamesmanship in it for a squirrel. They show every sign of enjoying the chase.

  29. CJ April 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Oh that cheeky face. The nuthatch has decided me, I’m getting one for the biggest boy’s (the birdwatcher) window. I did wonder if birds ever visited these window feeders but clearly they do. Although we don’t have nearly as much wildlife here as you with all of your lovely trees. We do have tits and robins in the garden regularly though so I shall give it a go. No squirrels around here either. CJ xx

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Oh bliss.. a squirrel free zone! You should get one because I’m sure he would love it. They are dirt cheap on the online retailer beginning with A, so nothing lost really. He must just be careful not to make any sudden movements inside the room when the birds are around, especially when they are getting used to the feeder. And some species startle more easily than others. The coal tits are quite nervy.

      • CJ April 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the tips Jessica, I shall investigate immediately. CJ xx

        • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

          Forgot to say, it does take the birds a while to find it/pluck up courage. Don’t be disheartened if they don’t come straight away.

  30. Diana Studer April 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I used to find the orange creme first in the box of Black Magic
    then had to wait patiently
    for the second layer to be
    ready to eat.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      I am the same with anything nutty or caramel. We still have half a Lindt bunny left over from Easter, amazingly..

  31. Sue C. April 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    It’s a lovely tale that made me chuckle – but I can understand your frustration. Brilliant photos though – you have to admit he is a star!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Don’t shout it too loud, he is difficult enough already! Thanks Sue 🙂

  32. Jacqueline April 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Oh dear Jessica …… nothing keeps those squirrels away !!!! Still, how lovely to see such a variety of birds at such close quarters ….. what’s a few squirrels between friend’s ?!!!!! { I know they are greedy buggers but I can’t help liking them }. XXXX

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      If it were only a ‘few’ it would be OK. Maybe. Our neighbour shoots them, which I don’t like at all. Perhaps that’s why they all come over here!

  33. Alison April 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Hilarious photo of the robin peering in the window. So sorry the darn squirrel has discovered the feeder.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      It’s odd because the robin can’t seem to get the hang of perching on the feeder, he prefers to pick up the bits that drop on to the windowsill. But after the squirrel has visited there’s a lot of those so the robin doesn’t lose out too much.

  34. germac4 April 6, 2016 at 5:19 am - Reply

    The squirrel does look a tiny bit cute……..but what a bother getting into the birdfeeder……I’m glad you took so many photos of the birds before he came along

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      We’ve noticed that the squirrel tends to visit more in the mornings. It’s late afternoon now and the birds are having a field day!

  35. Amy April 6, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

    What a lot of happy birds! And a very happy squirrel 😉 Love that shot of the robin looking in from one corner!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Robins are such gorgeous birds. They can’t fail to look cute whatever they are doing.

  36. Virginia April 6, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Definitely DRAT! Could you arrange a roll of barbed wire to be secured below the feeder, on the wall? Might that work – for a while anyway!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      He gets to the window sill from the side, leaping from a nearby bit of roof. It’s quite a feat because the sill only juts slightly out beyond the window recess so there’s not much room for error. A barbed wire fence around the roof maybe!

  37. Sarah Shoesmith April 6, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Such fabulous photos! I really enjoyed this post, until the squirrel. Ahem. Our clean up operations are undertaken by the chickens. The moment they are released from their coop in the morning, they stampede over to the bird feeders and mop up all the spillages.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Lol. Ptolemy pheasant provides this useful service, but he has been missing out one of the feeders lately. I noticed the other day we have a crop of something growing!

  38. Julie April 6, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I read your post and had to laugh Jessica, you tell a great story! How wonderful to see Nuthatches up close though.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Julie. The nuthatches were a lovely surprise, I didn’t expect them to venture this close to the house. They linger too.

  39. Helene April 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    You can just give in! I have, they find a way whatever you do! Even the so-called squirrel proof feeders are no problem for the, Great photos!

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      You have to admire their intelligence don’t you. I think they enjoy the challenge too though and perhaps that’s even worse!

  40. Chloris April 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Well, it was only a matter of time wasn’ t it? What a shame though, you have such lovely birds, I enjoyed seeing the nuthatch. Now what will you do? You know you will never outwit him.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I fear if he persists the box will have to go. He managed to dislodge it from its original position on the kitchen window. But then neither the box nor the squirrel had so far to fall.

  41. Wendy April 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Terrific photos of your visiting birds. I love the robin sneaking a look through the window. Great to see the nuthatch, too. I suppose the squirrel was always going to seize its chance. It is frustrating, though, to see it push out the birds.

    • Jessica April 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      It is so frustrating, especially as it had worked for two months. I had dared to wonder if, for once, I had managed to beat him. But no.

  42. aberdeen gardening April 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Fantastic idea which I will copy in spite of those bloomin squirrels. In our Aberdeen garden you would only see a squirrel in the garden occasionally. When we first arrived here in Cheshire we were so excited in seeing them so often we started feeding them,(duh)

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Did you see red squirrels in Scotland? I’d dearly love to have those… !

  43. frayed at the edge April 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Our birds are like yours, eating their preferred seeds, then turning their little beaks up at the remainder …… I had to threaten them that there would be no more food until they ate everything up! There is one particular seed that they don’t like – I left it so long on the bird table that it sprouted!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Ha! I suppose, if the squirrels have any useful function at all, it is sweeping up the food that the birds leave behind!

  44. pollymacleod April 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, what a delightful post, your visitors are gorgeous, the Nuthatch really does look as if he is taking his time choosing his favourites, and the robin is just too cute. Great captures.
    I like your reference to Quality Street. Like Vera I too had to laugh at the tail photo, then did a uh oh as I knew what was next. They are little buggers, but you have to admire their persistence though.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I’m afraid they do have many admirable qualities, pain in the neck though they may be!

  45. Amy at love made my home April 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Those squirrels get everywhere!!! I don’t suppose there is a window feeder twirler!!! xx

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      I’ve suddenly got this image of a clown with a twirly bow tie…

  46. Brian Skeys April 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I have been thinking about buying one of those feeders, your pictures have convinced me todo so. Could your genius of a husband fix a piece of weld mesh across the front that would allow the small birds through?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      They probably wouldn’t be happy to be ‘confined’ in the box. They are quite nervous when they’re inside it, always looking outwards and preferring to stand on the perch where they can make a rapid exit if something bigger comes along.

  47. sustainablemum April 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Oh dear. Can you get a version with small holes rather than a big opening? Where did you get that feeder from I love the shape and would like a window feeder for the back of my house, we don’t have any squirrels here at all so they wouldn’t be a problem ( I live in Red Squirrel territory and they don’t really visit gardens unless there is plenty of tree cover to get them there).

  48. Angie April 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Where there’s a will and all that Jessica! I’m with Brian here and think Mike will be genius enough to come up with a solution. Great pictures it would be a shame to lose the opportunity to get more.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

      I’ve taken the feeder down temporarily in the hope that the squirrel will forget about it. Some hope I know.

  49. Anna April 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Oh no but watching the birds feed must have provided you with many hours of entertainment whilst it remained a squirrel free zone Jessica. Is there no stopping them?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

      It certainly did. They were a pleasure to watch. I’m hoping, after an interval, to put the feeder back up again and get a few more weeks before the squirrel finds it.

  50. snowbird April 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Lovely pics of the birds! It was inevitably…..that squirrel will work out every feeder, you may as well resign now….or go higher?xxx

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      It’s tempting to go higher. As long as the squirrel doesn’t kill himself in the attempt to get at it. They stop at nothing.

  51. casa mariposa April 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I love this! Our windows have screens or I’d love to mount a similar feeder. I’m sure the squirrels would find it, too. How grand to be a bird in your garden. 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

      It must be grand because there are an awful lot of them 🙂

  52. bittster April 8, 2016 at 1:35 am - Reply

    That little bugger!! I wonder if putting it on a higher pane up from the windowsill would help… probably not 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

      He’d probably find a way. I would wake up one morning to discover he had bought strap on Spiderman feet.

  53. Cathy April 8, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Oh Jessica – what a delightful post – no wonder you were recognised nationally as a blog to read. Great writing, great photos…and sadly a perhaps inevitable conclusion… 😉

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

      In my heart of hearts I thought it might happen. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that it took the squirrel a whole two months to figure it out. Thanks Cathy.

  54. Marian St.Clair April 8, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Excited about the possiblilty of June 9! Yes, email me. I’ll have internet even after I arrive in the UK. Smiles!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Looking forward to it. And you’ll have a great tour without a doubt, fingers crossed for the weather!!

  55. Donna@Gardens Eye View April 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Darn squirrels….why I don’t have feeders. Well you had some good days…and what great shots…love the robin peeking over!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      There has been many a time I’ve threatened to do away with the feeders too, the squirrels are a real pain. But I’d so miss the birds.

  56. Caroline April 26, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Oh goodness I know they’re a pest but look at that little face! I love the idea of a window feeder, may need to invest in one this year.

    • Jessica April 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Caroline and welcome!
      These feeders are so cheap and if you can find the right place for one (where the squirrels can’t reach!) they give endless hours of pleasure. The birds take a little while to find it and get used to it, especially if it’s on a window where there’s a lot of movement inside the room, but it’s oh so worth it.

  57. annie_h May 3, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Oh dear, after such a lovely time of watching those birds, I guess as you say it was inevitable. I love that picture of the robin popping its head up. You’ll have to let us know what you do next, if anything.

    • Jessica May 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      I love having the robins around, they’re so curious and it is great fun watching their antics.

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