Backyard Chirper

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What happens when a squirrel climbs on a squirrel-proof bird feeder?

They usually come away without any bird food, and sometimes a bit dizzy as well.  Squirrels are one of the most common looters of bird feeders, which is why it’s often advisable to buy a bird feeder that has a mechanism to fight squirrels off. A squirrel-proof bird feeder can come in a variety of designs.  Cages or feeders that obstruct access from animals larger than birds are popular, but another model of squirrel-proof bird feeder that is frequently sold is a motorized or tilting model.

When these bird feeders sense weight greater than that of a bird, they rotate or tilt sending the squirrel flying off onto the ground.  Of course, sometimes, like in the video below, the squirrel is too determined to let go.

Yes, pretty extreme, I know, but it gets the job done.  Of course another option, which is often successful, is to purchase a squirrel feeder so squirrels in your yard leave your bird feeder alone.

It basically breaks down between the age-old argument on the best way to discourage behavior:  the carrot or the stick.  Or I guess, in this case, an ear of corn or a wild ride.

Which one do you prefer?