We're on, like, our 6th bird feeder at our house (been there 9 years). Each have succumbed to the gnawing of squirrels until this most recent one (some were supposedly squirrel-proof). I've moved it around hoping to get it out of squirrel reach......then finally got it in the right place, hanging from a thin gage wire between the house and a tree.
Being the generous nature loving guy that I am, I still bought corn for the critters and placed sunflower seed on a wood platform. Everything was copacetic for a few months, then a few weeks ago I noticed a squirrel on the feeder. How the heck did he get there? I can't imagine it would have jumped that far?!?!? There's no way!
Then one morning I saw it. The squirrel used the metal wire as a zip line and slid over to the feeder-a distance of about 8'. I couldn't believe it. Now what to do? I am considering greasing the wire so they slip off each time their little paws grab ahold. Am I descending into madness?