Friday, April 17, 2015

Victory is Mine! (For the Time Being)

For the last few weeks, the weather has been warming up, the snow has been melting, and Spring has slowly been making herself felt.  Animals have become more active, waking up after a long winter...

...including my old enemy,
The Squirrel.

I'm baaaaack!
Every morning for the last couple of weeks when I looked out the window, the sight that greeted me was always of a squirrel hanging off the bird feeder, stuffing itself with as many sunflower seeds as it could get its little greedy paws on.  After this long winter, I took pity on my adversary for awhile.  But after it had gone through more bird seed than a whole flock of birds, enough was enough!  It was time to end the gluttony.

So yesterday evening I moved a few things around in the backyard and was delighted to finally see a different sight when I looked out the window this morning:

What the...?!
*&@#%!!
The squirrel baffle was up, and the feeder was no longer close to anything within jumping distance. That squirrel just sat there for several long minutes, sitting back on its haunches and staring up at the bird feeder in disbelief.

After it finally got over its shock, the squirrel sprung into action.  It tried its best to get past the squirrel baffle, but with no luck.


It started to get frantic, running up the greenhouse and every tree within a ten yard radius, trying to figure out if there was anyway to reach the beloved treasure trove of sunflower seeds.  Nothing worked.

Spicy suet!  I don't want this!
The squirrel could climb the nearby pole to the suet feeder, which was full of spicy suet that squirrels hate, but it still couldn't get to the desired sunflower seed bird feeder.

Victory was mine.

MUWAHAHA!


I don't know if I should celebrate too loudly, though.  As I was taking pictures of my enemy's failure in order to mock it on the internet, the squirrel turned and gave me this look.


I'm just a little bit afraid.

28 comments:

  1. Yay! Keep up the good work.. :)

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  2. Technology allows us to rule the world! Congratulations on your victory. -Beth

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  3. LOL, now I'm scared, too. ;-) Aren't baffles great inventions?!

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    1. Definitely! Last year I had at least one squirrel that was able to somehow get over the baffle, but this year, so far so good!

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  4. Congratulations! I almost feel sorry for the squirrel. Almost. We had to stop feeding our birds, because the chipmunks decided to construct a subterranean metropolis underneath the feeders. Not only did they raid the feeders, they enjoyed the food that the gray squirrels and even the birds spilled onto the ground. Our birds are still happy without the feeders, because there is plenty in the garden for them to eat, but I miss watching them!

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    1. Oh no! We have a few chipmunks, but I don't see them around the feeder that often. Or maybe since the feeder is out by the woods, I don't see or mind the tunnels too much! :)

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  5. I would be afraid...they are too clever those varmints....mine does like suet unfortunately.

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    1. Mine eat regular suet, but I haven't seen them eating the spicy suet yet thankfully!

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  6. Laugh out loud! He's got your number and it's going to be war. I'm not fond of the little boogers, either. The photo of him looking at the suet almost makes one feel sorry for him. Almost.

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    1. The squirrels managed to empty the feeders every single day for the last two weeks, so I can't feel too sorry for those little gluttons. Time for them to dig up all the nuts they hid last fall!

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  7. Hi Indie !
    Thank you for your phenomenal photos.
    They are beautiful. Excellent.
    Squirrel lovely. For me it appeared in the Little Woods.
    Greetings from Polish.
    Lucia

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  8. Oooh! If looks could kill...

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  9. Cute post. Squirrels in my yard get past the baffles. I should send a few over to give your squirrel instruction.

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  10. How funny!! Any victory over a squirrel is a big deal, even when you know the battle is not over :)

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    1. How very true! Who knows what they'll come up with next?

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  11. Yes, I'd say that is definitely a hostile look he is giving you. He will just have to get used to picking up seed under the feeder. Lucky for him, birds are very sloppy and drop a lot of seeds.

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    1. Yep, for the past couple of days he's just been scavenging under the feeder. There's definitely plenty there!

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  12. You may have won the battle, but you know, in your heart of herts that the squirrel will win the war! That look on his face ... he is planning his next moves ! Watch out !

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    1. I am a little worried, as that was quite a look!

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  13. That's a very cute enemy you've got there, and very photogenic too, even when he's giving you a dirty look!

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    1. I've seen a little too much of his handiwork to think of him as 'cute', but I guess he is :) He is photogenic, and can get his point of view across through the camera very well!

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  14. I bought my mother one of those birdfeeders that spin around when a squirrel jumps on them. We've had many a laugh watching them cling to it for dear life, but they can't hang on. I'm glad you've baffled your adversary!

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    1. I've seen videos of those, and they do look hilarious. So far the squirrels haven't gotten past the baffle this year. Here's hoping it stays that way!

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