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Sun May 24, 2020, 08:36 PM

Former NASA Engineer Builds An Obstacle Course To 'Squirrel Proof' His Birdfeeder

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Reply Former NASA Engineer Builds An Obstacle Course To 'Squirrel Proof' His Birdfeeder (Original post)
LiberalArkie May 24 OP
katmondoo May 24 #1
bucolic_frolic May 24 #2
SeattleVet May 25 #8
bucolic_frolic May 25 #9
CTyankee May 25 #10
MuseRider May 24 #3
2naSalit May 24 #4
fleur-de-lisa May 24 #5
dixiegrrrrl May 25 #6
flying rabbit May 25 #7
Baitball Blogger May 25 #11
paleotn May 25 #12
IronLionZion May 25 #13

Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 09:04 PM

1. I loved it. From experience I know you can never outsmart a squirrel.

He gave it a great try.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:16 PM

2. Elmer Fudd knows what to do

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:26 AM

8. Man, with all those well-fed squirrels running around...

my freezer would probably be very well-stocked, and I'd be enjoying a nice squirrel and dumplings dinner!

My mid-70's copy of 'The Joy of Cooking' has some good recipes for squirrel, porcupine, raccoon, bear, and other game. If I remember correctly, they stopped printing these recipes and preparation instructions starting with the mid-90's edition. They recommended against red squirrel, but when I hunted them in northern New York in the pine forests they essentially were pre-seasoned and had a distinct rosemary flavor. I used to pop one in the crockpot before I got my uniform on and went to the shop, and dinner would be ready when I got back to the dorm.

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #8)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:02 AM

9. There are YouTube videos on skinning squirrel

It's a backup-backup plan for me, but you never know when food supplies become a bit more seriously impaired. One video says it takes 2 squirrels to feed an adult. Hard to believe.

Brunswick Stew was originally squirrel. Why it's associated with Appalachia ... I don't know. Seems to me my mom had a cookbook that listed it as a Nova Scotia recipe, or maybe I'm just confabulating Brunswick with New Brunswick.

https://practicalselfreliance.com/traditional-brunswick-stew/

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It figures this NASA Engineer can't figure out what to do with squirrels. Sort of

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #8)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:38 AM

10. I had a Chinese student in my ESOL class who asked me if it wasn't against the law to shoot a

squirrel in New Haven (where I lived and held classes). I said I knew of no such local ordinance but that she would have more trouble with the law having a gun. It was the first time I knew that in some cultures squirrels were considered vermin or pests needing an exterminator.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 10:34 PM

3. That was awesome!

I loved watching that. His comments were fun too. Thanks!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:00 PM

4. That was cool.

I have had interesting experiences with squirrels and had a chance to observe the behaviors of a colony for several years. They sure are interesting.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:19 PM

5. Fantastic!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:14 AM

6. Thank you for this!



We are avid squirrel watches on our deck, and so far seem to have a squirrel and raccoon proof seed feeder.
fascinating lil guys to watch, we have named 4 of the regulars. By putting a trail of seeds on the outside ledge of the picture window, we get incredible close up views of them. Strangely, when the cats hit the (thick) window glass, the squirrels don't even blink, they just keep chomping.

I did not know there were shows like WipeOut/Ninja Warrior. Free on Youtube.

There go my early bedtime plans.....

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:18 AM

7. K&R

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:49 AM

11. Best thing evah!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 09:53 AM

12. Ha!



Loved it. Thanks!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 04:07 PM

13. That's the best thing I've seen in a long time

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