Bird feeding. Who knew it could have so many technical difficulties? Not me, that’s for sure. After putting the bird feeder that Nate and Poppy made outside, we thought we would have wild bird kingdom in no time flat. Instead, we woke up to find the “feeder” part on the ground, and all the birdseed gone. Our first suspicion… squirrels. So, I ventured to the local Wild Birds Unlimited where I learned some really interesting information. The thingy that you need to keep the squirrels away is called a squirrel baffle. And in addition to needing one of those, the ideal height of your bird feeder should be at least 5 feet tall. Because unbeknownst to me, squirrels can jump 4-5 feet.
So…enter pole with new squirrel baffle. Again, we filled up the birdfeeder and waited for the birds to come.
Fast forward a few days. I was sleeping soundly in my cozy bed when suddenly I was jolted out of my sleep by my ferocious guard dog barking like mad. I thought for sure I would bolt downstairs to find a masked murderer (or at least a robber) trying to break into my house. I found Alaska by the sliding glass door, fur standing straight up on her back. I turned on the porch light, glanced around and saw nothing. Clearly she had scared away whatever had been out there earlier. I turned off the light and turned to head back upstairs. Again, Alaska started barking like mad. I flipped on the light again. And then, I saw it. It’s glassy little eyes staring back at me, while it stood frozen right next to the birdfeeder. A deer. Apparently, that bit of information about the pole being tall enough to keep out the squirrels, applies to deer as well. And apparently our pole was not tall enough, since Bambi was able to eat right from the feeder.
I had enough. Today, I purchase the Mac Daddy (or Daddy Mac, if you prefer). The mother of all poles. Tall enough to deter squirrels and deer. Stocked to attract multiple types of central Ohio birds. Within an hour I had a flock of birds including a Blue Jay. Eat your heart out neighbors. I have the mother pole J