Thanks to a friend who faithfully reads my blogs, I may have a solution to my squirrel problem. (See my earlier blog titled What’s the Solution??) Don’t misunderstand: I love having the squirrels in my yard; I have encouraged them with tempting treats. BUT they are not welcome on bird feeders!! My friend sent an e-mail with the link to a possible solution: 13 Amazing Uses for WD-40. She said “Lorraine, look at #1….” Within moments, I hiked from my apartment to the T@B trailer (in the RV Park) to retrieve my can of WD-40. Back at the apartment, I immediately sprayed the top of the two baffles and the long hook. I sprayed poles and Shepherd’s Hooks. Now I’ll wait to see if the “slippery solution” works.
Postscript, 8:45 AM: I published the blog (above) at 7:00 AM and I’m adding this postscript less than two hours later. Spraying WD-40 on the pole did not stop the squirrel from climbing the pole of “the Masterpiece.”
Postscript, 8:45 PM: When my dear, thoughtful, considerate friend read the above message, she did some more research. Less than an hour ago I read her e-mail message with a new web link. She suggested a Slinky and, fortunately, I have several (because I buy toys all year for Operation Christmas Child). ~~ It will take a lot of work to attach a Slinky to “the Masterpiece.” I’ll have to disassemble it so a Slinky surrounds the pole. That is a task for another day. ~~ “If at first I don’t succeed, I’ll try, try again.” I don’t want to be “out-foxed” by a squirrel!!
Postscript, 2:00 PM, Wed. May 23rd: I have to confess that the Slinky did not prevent a squirrel from getting on the bird feeder!! If it weren’t so serious (to me), the battle with the squirrels would be humorous. (Right??)