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Squirrel Feeding/Eating Behaviors
Did you ever wonder why you see so many squirrels in the spring time as opposed to other seasons? Did you know that early spring is the worst time of year for squirrels to find food? Nuts that they have buried begin to sprout and they are no longer available for them to feast on.
Because other food sources are still in the process of growing and blooming, not much else is available. In times like these squirrels have few food choices - it's mainly tree buds, fungi, cones, and yes, you guessed it - bird seed!
Birders who do not want to attract squirrels choose squirrel-resistant bird feeders that have special mechanisms to deter the squirrels. Some have cages around the bird feeders, others are weight-activated which shuts-off the feeding ports with the weight of the squirrel. Other squirrel-resistant accessories, such as baffles, are also used in conjunction with these special squirrel-resistant feeders. Squirrel repellents are also an option.
We've all heard the saying, if you can't beat'em, join'em. Some have chosen to provide food specifically for squirrels, hoping to distract them from eating bird seed. Food commonly served from back yards includes cracked corn and peanuts. Consider this as another option if you just can't get those pesky squirrels to stay away.
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