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Squirrels at Eco-Squirrel School Desk by Robert Daggs

We’re sending out a great big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers who send us pictures and tell us stories of the birds and other animals who enjoy the bird feeders, baths, and houses that they put up in their yards and gardens. The stories we hear span the country, from friends in Maine telling us about the bears in their yard to a lady in Idaho who has deer, elk, and even a cougar drinking from her heated bird bath. I hope that you will enjoy the following contributions as much as we did!

These photos of a fat and sassy little squirrel having lunch at a Duncraft Eco-Squirrel School Desk were taken by Robert Daggs of Simi, California.

Our long-time customer Gathan Graham from Norman, Oklahoma invites us all to enjoy the many feeders and baths in his yard via the birdcam posted on his website. Keep an eye out for Charlie the Squirrel!

The following entertaining account was contributed by James H. Goff of Maine:

     Whilst reading my morning journal from my usual spot overlooking the deck, I have been highly entertained by the efforts of one increasingly frustrated grey squirrel in his attempts at gat1956hering sunflower seed from the new Squirrel Buster Plus feeder. He has attempted launches from the railings of the decks and even launches from nearby trees—a substantial distance. Once he jumped to the other standard feeder on one side of the pole, climbed up and over, past the suet, along the pipe to the second pole from which the illusive prize hung. He attacked the feeder from the top then slowly and deliberately, he descended about half-way down hanging only by his rear claws on the feeder top, stretching as best he could to reach the portals and nutrition. Then, trying desperately to keep from sliding (he could grasp at nothing along the smooth sides of the cylinder, chock full of enticing seeds), he slipped. He slammed into the cardinal ring at the base of the feeder and tumbled off. He missed the railing and landed backside down on the deck. Not once, not twice, but three times he made the journey with the same results. Then he tried all his earlier routes again to no avail.

     At this moment he seems somewhat content—although sporting a severely damaged ego—looking longingly from the deck while the chickadees, woodpeckers, and others take their shares. The birds drop only the tiniest bits here and there as he scurries back and forth along the deck. And all the while his enemy, the dreaded red squirrel, keeps trying to chase him off.

We will be sending each of our three contributors a small gift to thank them for taking the time to share their experiences with us. If you have a photograph or story to tell, please let us know! You can email  me at, or call me at 1-800-593-5656. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Make every day a happy bird day!

Heidi Babb

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