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Squirrels vs. Bird Feeders

The squirrel can be an extremely cunning, persistent and pesky creature that will jump through hoops (literally, see video below) to find food. That’s why since the creation of bird feeders, the squirrel has been a longtime nuisance to bird enthusiasts looking to spot and feed beautiful birds.

The fact that, if given the opportunity, squirrels will eat and sometimes run off with bunches of bird feed points to the importance of protecting bird feeders from these crafty creatures.

Studies have shown that squirrels learn how to steal very quickly by watching other squirrels do it, and they have been known to go through great lengths to find and horde food.

While there are a number of ways to prevent squirrels from eating at a bird feeder, including putting crushed pepper in the bird feed and using small metal cages, the easiest way is to buy a baffle.

Baffles are typically plastic funnels on the pole underneath the bird feeder that make it difficult for squirrels to climb up, but baffles can also look more decorative so they’re not eyesores.

Of course, if there is a tree or easy obstacle course next to the bird feeder, the squirrel will have no trouble navigating a way to the food, so it’s important to be strategic.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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