Saturday afternoon we hung two of these on our apple tree:
Yummy .... the Blue Tits and the Great Tits loved them!
Yesterday morning (Sunday) one of the 'bells' had disappeared ... not a trace of it, or the wire hanger, anywhere in the garden. Now these little birds couldn't have carried one off ... so I suspected the squirrels.
But .... the squirrels showed absolutely no interest in the other bell, which may have just been a ploy to evade suspicion of course! They did raid just about every other fatball, nut and sunflower seed holder though.
Last night we still had one 'bell' feeder left. This morning it was gone. As with the first one, there is no part of it in the garden and we didn't see the going of it. Admittedly we get up a couple of hours later than the birds and squirrels but the thief obviously goes about his dasterdly deeds very early
The squirrel is still No. 1 suspect - which set me to thinking about a cartoon I remember from my (early) childhood :-) Who else will admit to watching Secret Squirrel in the 60s?
There is one feeder which remains squirrel proof (for now) and that contains Niger seeds which I'm very pleased to say has attracted Goldfinches to our garden (first year since we moved here).
and yesterday the Jay spent a long time in the garden. The grass is getting long and he seems to enjoy 'rootling' around better now ... that and the fact that there are lots of crumbs being dropped from the fatballs/seedfeeders at the moment so he's hoovering them all up I guess.
Quite ferocious looking aren't they ... but also very timid it seems