Dumb Ass Squirrel Gets Smart

Squirrel on BungeeThe squirrel living in my yard finally got smart. I posted a piece back in March called “Dumb Ass Squirrel #!!&+*^(#?” I described my frustration about getting the squirrel to take a corn cob from a hanging bungee cord. He never did, until I changed things drastically. In the beginning, I hung the cob a few feet away from my bird feeders.  The squirrel was smart enough to get the easy food, and ignored the corn. It wasn’t until I stopped feeding the birds that the squirrel even found the corn.

 

I finally spotted him stretched out along the wire extending from the branch to the cob. He was hanging by his toenails. He finally got smart, I thought, The next day, I was going to lay in wait and video him in action.  Much to my surprise, the following day the corn and  the cable were gone. Disappeared! I searched the yard, but could not find it. Most likely a smart ass racoon stole it.

Last week, I was cleaning in the the woods behind the garden, and there it was, the cable with the empty corn cob. I reattached it to the tree. This time, though, I tied the cable to the tree with a cable tie. I do not want to meet the creature that takes it next.

The squirrel found the fresh cob within  four hours, and now empties one cob a day.  A single animal will make multiple trips to the cob until he is sated. Most likely, I will be pulling baby corn plants from my lawn all summer long.

Dumb Ass Squirrel #!!&+*^(#?

        Squirrels are amazing animals. They are born in nests  high above the ground. They are accustomed to swinging in the breeze. I have witnessed them traverse a yard from tree to tree by jumping. Almost as if they were flying from one flimsy limb to another. They do it effortlessly. Squirrels are also very curious. They will explore everything they can, to find food. If they identify an object as a food source they will climb, jump, fly, crawl, or dig to get to it. You Tube has some amazing videos of squirrels traversing great obstacle courses to get food.

Corn Bungee on TreeUntouched CornBird Feeder With Squirrell Guard

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

At my previous  home, the squirels were very resourceful. They beat every effort I made to sabotage their attempts to raid my bird feeders. They go to the food easily  in a very short time. At my current home, I am one of the only residents on the block with squirrels. That is because I am one of the few with trees. Every year, in the spring a new crop of babies is born in the trees behind the house. During the year they disappear. Either the adults chase them away, or they are picked off by the Red Tail Hawks who sit and watch our feeders. I believe it to be the latter.

      At Christmas,  knowing the penchant I have for squirrel entertainment, my son presented me with a squirrel bungee.  It is a squirrel feeder attached to end of a bungee cord. I place an ear of corn on one end of the cord and hang the other to a fixed point.  It is simple, and the vision of watching a squirrel bouncing around while having a meal of tasty field corn passed through my mind. I also see myself with a huge grin as I watch him holding on for dear life while I drink my morning coffee.

      The bungee came with a twenty five pound bag of  field corn.  There was no room for it in his car, so  it stayed at home. I couldn’t wait for his next visit to try the new toy. I bought a bag of field corn myself.  Within a day, I had the feeder hanging in front of the kitchen window.  Any self respecting squirrel could get to it by jumping from our stoop to the window sill, and then make a short leap to the corn.  I could see it happen in my mind, except for one thing; it didn’t draw a single squirrel. A week later, I baited the corned-bungee by putting an ear of corn on the ground under it. The next morning the ear was gone;  plumb disappeared. The next day, I baited it again; the same thing happened.

      Meanwhile, everyday, I see the  squirrel sitting in the feeder munching away on sun-flower seeds. He has to jump four feet onto a slippery piece of six inch tubing that is there to thwart him. Next he climbs backwards and upside down  onto the feeder platform.  He performs  this complicated little maneuver in a split second. The corn-bungee hung in full view within five feet; totally ignored.

Plan B. Move the bungee to the tree next to the pond.

Theory: The squirrel will see the corn, climb the tree, and then shimmy down the cord to the prize. Or, he can jump straight up from the ground.

Rationale: The tree is far from the bird feeder, and lazy squirrels will come out of the tree to the corn instead of going to the feeder fifty feet away.

Result: Totally ignored.

Plan C: Ask for help.

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