We had several chickadees visit today. The squirrels are trying to figure out how to get into the feeder. They climb down the chain, but once they get to the dome over the seed, they slide off (it’s not a long fall). It works out well for everyone as the squirrels shake lose enough seed from the feeder that they can get it from the ground, while the birds still have access to feeder. Everyone eats!
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The squirrels and the birds have no problem cooperating. The squirrels and ground-feeding birds eat the seed on the ground that the “clinging” birds knock down. I give them a little help by spreading a few seeds on the ground. So far, the squirrels have not been able to knock this feeder down, so it works out for everyone. We also throw out apple cores. The squirrels love them. Click on pictures to enlarge.