We have had problems with squirrels on our bird feeders for years and I got fed up with them spending hours upside down gorging themselves on the expensive ‘no mess’ seed mix I had bought especially for my tits and finches. So, I bought a ‘squirrel proof’ cage to go around it. It doesn’t take much to see that it is not, in fact, squirrel proof!
He (or she, I can’t tell the difference!) didn’t like it when I approached with the camera and tried to release him. He went crazy and decided to show me his moves which were basically to go round and round in a frenzy.
Then he tried to bite the hand that was reluctantly feeding him as I tried to release him. This was easier said than done. Each time I went for the clip he came at me. However, eventually he was ready to go and I managed to unclip the bottom half just before he sank his teeth into me!
The moral of this story is twofold. Don’t believe the marketing hype about squirrel proof bird feeders….there is no such thing! And don’t get too close to a cornered squirrel, he WILL bite you!