A look at my Wild Bird's Unlimited Bird Feeder and a hummingbird.
If you feed the birds you know what a hassle and never ending job is to keep the squirrels and the raccoons from eating all your bird seed. A raccoon can empty a completely full bird feeder in one setting. By the way, this is not a sponsored post, I am just showing you what we use. Our first problem was squirrels and we purchased the squirrel proof bird feeder that you see in the photo. Yes, it's expensive, but so is feeding the squirrels your bird food! When a squirrel grabs a hold of the ring, it's weight causes the openings to close.
We were cruising along fine with our squirrel proof bird feeder until a raccoon discovered it. He would take it off the pole and drag it out into our woods, were he presumably sat and had quite a feast. This went on almost every single night. We had the bird feeder on a simple hook and that was obviously not working. I went back to Wild Birds Unlimited and purchased their pole system. And again, yes it's expensive, but so is feeding the raccoon every night!
The pole system has a raccoon baffle on the lower half. You can see the tip of it in the first photo and a little more of it on the bottom. It kind of spins around when they try to to climb it. And they do try. I can't tell you the pleasure I felt when the next day I saw little raccoon paw prints all over it and my bird food still safe in the feeder! The pole system has add ons - and we use one for our suet and another little tray.
Again, not a sponsored post, just what works for me. Now, all my food goes to the birds.
Speaking of birds:
We were sitting on our screened in back porch on Sunday doing our wine tasting when this little guy was happy to pose for some photos for me. They are taken through my screen, so not too clear. We watched two of them battle over the feeder the whole time we were out there.
I am also stopping Garden Tuesday link ups. I'm still going to post garden posts on Tuesdays, I'm just not running a link up. I already have a Tipsy Tuesday link up going on over at Grey is the New Black, and two link ups in one day is too much to handle. Besides, I'm not a garden blog. I'll leave the garden blog linkups to the garden blogs! So, if you are stopping by here to link up to Garden Tuesday, I encourage you to check out the blogs that I am linking up to below.