|The squirrel wheel|
|Round and round he goes inside|
This morning I had decided to tell your abut my writing mate, but this squirrel caught my eye instead. Only one squirrel has breached my bird feed line and today I was quick enough to catch him (her?) in the act. Shall I tell you about my squirt gun? Another time.
Two years ago I added whiffle balls to each end of this bird feeder line, whiffle balls with dowels laced through their holes. About 4 feet of them, six feet from the line's two ends. The second the squirrel puts their feet on a dowel off they spin.
However, IF they get a racing start their feet barely touch the whiffle balls. So last month I invented the squirrel wheel, modeled after a hamster wheel. I made it with steel hardware cloth, notching its rim and twisting those spiky ends into impenetrable barbed wire.
Today - Squirrel races past whiffle balls straight into squirrel wheel. Round and round he spins.
See picture above
I'm hatching a plan. Wrap the wheel with Mylar, or some slippery plastic he can't grip enough. That'll stop him from getting to the bird feeders.
Enjoy your tea
Have a lovely day !