Thanks for the info when I asked you about Power Outages. I hope we will not need it this year, but it is good to have a well informed human family that knows how to take care of the nest. I know you wrote about Bird Feeders and now we have some beautiful wild birds that visit every day. The problem is the squirrels - no matter how hard we try to keep them out they seem to get in, spill everything on the ground, and eat all the sunflower seeds. Do you have any suggestions for keeping the squirrels out of the bird feeders.?
Beaky Boy The Conure
Dear Beaky Boy,
The best, most effective way would be to adopt a dog from a shelter to patrol the yard. A good dog would not only chase off the squirrels, but also guard the birds from cats as well. There are thousands of homeless dogs who are looking for work. If your humans could give them a chance, everyone would win.
If that is not possible, I would suggest your humans sprinkle a little hot red pepper on the wild bird seed. It will not bother the birds in the least and the squirrels will not eat it. Chili powder, hot paprika or crushed red peppers all work well. Some birds even enjoy it more with the pepper seeds in it, you might want to try a few seeds yourself. The kind they sprinkle on their pizzas are particularly good I am told.
Just avoid the black pepper, that is not good for birds, cats or dogs. Still makes me want to sneeze when I think of the time they sprinkled it in the house plants to keep the cat from digging in them. It worked, the cat (he was a kitten then) went back to litter box digging only. But I went around sneezing for a week myself; I had to completely avoid the plants too.
If you get a chance, write and tell me what birds you see.