I should stop calling my feeders "bird feeders".
They are equal parts squirrel and rabbit feeders.
Squirrels eat bulbs and tip the feeders so I do not love that they dine on my dime.
Bunnies are cute and they just hang out below the feeders, so I do not mind, but check in with me in the spring when tender new shoots will make a delicious bunny buffett and see how I feel about them then.
In an effort to make the feeders less accessible to the squirrels I removed a lot of the lower dead branches close to the feeders. I am probably kidding myself that it is the solution since squirrels can launch themselves through the air a fair distance, but I could not come home to a spilled feeder one more time with our trying something.
Despite having lots of trees I do not have too many places for feeders, so they are both on the same tall spruce in the backyard at the moment.
Good exercise and to be honest perhaps I am proving a point that gardening does not have to stop because of the cold weather.
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While I hope to have put a dent in the squirrels' use, the bunnies do not care how inaccessible the feeders are. This little guy was back grazing the next day.
The remaining lower branches are scraggly with some greenery that I have been using for my urns and centerpieces but come a warmer day they too will come down leaving it a little tidier and less shady under this tree
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