Photos by Barry Wallace
Linda and I have had many squirrels at the backyard birdfeeders this summer, but since we changed to a new 'squirrel-proof' feeder, they have mostly disappeared into neighbouring yards. The exception is the grey squirrel with the extravagant black, white and grey ringed tail pictured here. The new birdfeeder does drop a few seeds to the ground, and this critter with the distinctive tail is there to gather them up.
The new feeder is working so well, especially for the small birds, that we have decided to get a second one. We'll probably buy a bigger model also, of the same kind, for the larger birds. The feeders are not cheap, but neither is wasted bird seed (courtesy of the squirrels), which we are always raking up and throwing out with the yard waste.
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