For the next 9 days or so, we’re suggesting some swell gift ideas for nature lovers on your list! Each icon representative of the Twelve Days of Christmas – at the end of the post, see the true meaning of the words to the carol. Since the festive tune features 6 days of birds… we deemed it most appropriate for the season!
Since the dawn of feeding wild birds, squirrels have been a big part of the picture! Love or hate them, there’s actually an easy solutions to both sides of the coin. Although a nightmare for some, many folks adore the critters and their antics and actually feed them, squirrels even have their own dedicated national holiday!
Squirrel feeders provide hours of entertainment for hosts and users, and they help deter said users from raiding bird feeders. For a really special treat, you can smear some peanut butter on the corn. The extra fat and protein keeps critters warm overnight.
To stump someone and keep them guessing… buy a small jar of peanut butter and place it in their stocking. When they find it, you can bet their thoughts will be something along the lines of “what the heck?” 🙂
Several fun squirrel feeders are in stock for immediate shipping; ones that spin, the classic table & chair, the popular bungee cord, and this groovy combo feeder for corn cobs and peanuts. The latter being for gourmets only! It’s a fun & functional gift that gives back, it gets used everyday and provides some real entertainment.
Three down… with 9 more fab gift ideas coming!
Okay, the 3 French Hens: symbolize faith, hope and love.
You may think it’s the absolute craziest thing in the world, but plenty of folks get a kick from feeding squirrels. If you baffle the bird feeders properly, and the furry critters don’t tell too many of their friends… it’s usually cool!
Traditional squirrel feeders like the big jar, munch box, and table & chair have been updated using durable recycled plastic. Also called poly-lumber, the material is good looking and wares much nicer and longer than wood.
But a jar is a jar and it’s glass. Because glass may break for whatever reason, replacement jars are available. But something we’ve discovered: Pickles! The industrial size pickle jar usually fits these feeders! And for considerably less money when shipping is figured into the price. Plus you get a whole lot of pickles… fried pickles anyone?
Using corn cobs with your squirrel feeder? Check out the Squirrel Logs for long-lasting use. A novel idea, these are compressed corn (in two flavors) that equal about 12 ears of regular corn cobs. Something else we’ve discovered? Be sure the logs are securely attached to the feeding pin as our crafty critters have managed to steal them from time-to-time! They just require twisting up on the pin every few days to keep a tight connection.
These work well with the Bungee Cord Feeder and the Table & Chair. The pins (or screws) on the feeder must be threaded… or your crafty critters will steal them too!
Want to offer a combination of corn cobs and peanuts or munch mix for your guys? The Ultimate Combo Feeder fits the bill. Pins for two ears of corn plus a lift-up compartment for special treats. Lucky squirrels will think they’re at the Ritz!
Change it up for furry friends. During frigid winter weather peanut butter is a huge hit when smeared on corn cobs, but summer days in the south turn the gooey stuff to liquid in minutes. Substitute an apple or pear that might be a bit too ripe for your liking. Suet? Squirrels adore it and the no-melt varieties are perfect for summer feeding.
Yes squirrels can be a major pain for some folks, but they manage to bring smiles and laughs to others. Once you get the hang of keeping them out of bird feeders, they really aren’t so bad 🙂
Except of course with raccoons – then nothing edible left outdoors will last!
Rocky and masked friends partake in a buffet of deer corn on a cold night, on a warm night, a rainy night… doesn’t matter. Once discovered, if there’s food they will come.
Since we moved from this place, there’s only a couple of corn cob squirrel feeders in the yard. The bungee cord is probably the most entertaining too, there’s a bell on it, so you know when the squirrels are jumping. This is a great feature should you ever need a few laughs 🙂
Using something called squirrel logs on these feeders is ideal if you’re not too keen on putting corn cobs out daily. The logs are actually compressed corn, and each is equal to about twelve ears of regular corn cobs. There’s even two flavors to satisfy your furry friends!
The logs usually last one week to 10 days, depending on activity. Smearing some peanut butter on them during frigid weather provides a killer treat that helps squirrels stay warm. But back to Rocky and friends… the logs are gone the next morning! For a while, we thought our crafty critters were just stealing them, until we discovered their larger, more destructive cousins were wolfing them down in one sitting!
In the scheme of things, maybe the coons aren’t so bad, they’re certainly preferable to bears! Several recent stories about bears raiding bird feeders is scary stuff! Guess there comes a time when it’s beneficial to both humans and nature to cease feeding everything wild… at least for a little while?
In honor of a belated Squirrel Appreciation Day, which was actually January 21st (yes the critters do have a day named for them) we wanted to show the absolute easiest feeder ever. You needn’t buy anything, as this item’s usually a staple in your pantry.
Peanut butter… because they love it! And with this crazy frigid weather, the high fat & protein gives them extra calories to stay warm. Calories=Energy. So what do ya do with the peanut butter? Slap it on a tree trunk! Just smear some on a tree and the entertainment is free. Why are there no squirrels in the picture then? It’s been so cold overnight, we’re not even seeing them venture out bed until noon!
We’ll use peanut butter on other squirrel feeders during freezing weather too. Smeared on corn cobs, or long-lasting corn logs (compressed corn), it’s simple to do for a special treat. And squirrels aren’t the only ones who love the gooey stuff! Woodpeckers, nuthatches and the warbler shown here seem to like peanut butter too, in freezing weather anyway. Is it safe for birds? Absolutely, because it’s one of the base ingredients in many suet recipes.
The black iron thing in the picture is really a wall-mounted plant tray that was on the front porch – but our plants kept falling off – so it became a feeder. If you wanted to add some other goodies for really cheap, take a plastic plant saucer and tack it to the tree trunk. Heck, you could even offer seed, or water in this fashion! The pale yellow glob is suet, which everybody loves, and it’s simple to make yourself. Some fast and easy recipes are on our site under birding resources.
But say you wanted to go all out, and offer a deluxe squirrel feeder for furry friends? Look no further than the Munch Box Combo. It offers variety in a handcrafted, quality feeder that’s made in the USA.
And why were we late with Squirrel Appreciation Day? Because it was also Penguin Awareness Day 🙂
Placing squirrel feeders or any wildlife feeder for that matter does have it’s ups & downs. There’s also quite a bit of controversy over attracting and feeding wildlife in residential areas. But you wouldn’t think feeding a few squirrels would be any big deal, right? Right… it’s not, except when larger critters start invading those feeders-and your other ones too.
Even the long-lasting corn logs used on the bungee squirrel feeder are disappearing! Now these are compressed corn, and equal to about twelve ears of regular corn cobs. They usually last at least a few weeks… but whole logs are disappearing. You can bet that’s not the work of hungry squirrels!
Since it’s a busy time for hummingbirds with their migration south, extra hanging feeders have been placed on the deck to accommodate the crowds – we’re up to seven of them now! Still being warm in GA, the nectar needs changing every few days, but we don’t mind in the least because the tiny sprites are so mesmerizing to watch. What we do mind however, is having to take those feeders in at night!
In all the years of offering nectar, nobody’s ever bothered the feeders, except maybe a few ants or bees from time to time. Well, somebody’s being a real pain in the butt this year, as broken feeders and sticky nectar all over the deck have been discovered twice last week. We’ve heard of folks having to bring in seed feeders at night due to bears, but we’ve never encountered a problem with nectar feeders before. Taking them all inside at night, then getting them back out early in the morning as hummingbirds are screaming for their food is a real pain! Just add it to the list of what we crazy folks are known to do for our birds!