Oh, hell! I can’t even afford to buy things for myself from health food stores!
I’ve had to chase the squirrels away from the feeders. They have ruined a thistle feeder. There’s a hole so big I saw a goldfinch sticking it’s entire head inside to get the seeds the other day. I’ll have to get another one, I can’t refill it now. But I’m afraid it will be ruined in no time if I do put a new one up. I don’t know what to do. Maybe I should put some of the mixed see in the munch box. They go after that seed when they can. I have a squirrel baffle, a big dome type, on the pole under the big three-tube feeder, but a few months ago I saw that they finally figured out how to get up there. I don’t know how they did it. I used to watch them try, and they’d slide off as soon as they tried to get up on top of the dome. It’s more than four feet from the nearest fence or structure. I never saw them successfully drop down from a branch on the oak tree, but maybe they finally did. Or maybe the dome thingy isn’t as smooth as it used to be and they managed to get a grip.
Anyway, petting them is out of the question. But I do have to go out there to chase them away. Just going out on my deck and yelling at them doesn’t do anything anymore. They’ll stop for a minute and look at me. Then go back to their business as though I didn’t matter.
An uncle who passed away a few years back used to get the Black-Capped Chickadees to eat out of his hand. I’ve never been able to do that, either. I can only get within about 3 to 4 feet of the feeder. Any closer and they fly away. And I’ve stood there with a palm full of seed, still like a statue, and they just won’t come.