bird feederEvery day I filled the bird feeder with seed, and every day it disappeared without my ever seeing a bird.

chipmunkDetermined to find out what was going on, I sat on the porch, camera in hand, waiting.  It wasn’t long before I saw the culprit that scampered up with ease

chipmunkand filled its cheeks to the brim.

chipmunkOK, said I, that’s enough, and I sprayed the arm to the feeder with WD40 and waited.  What happened next had me in stitches.  No matter how hard the furry little creature tried to scale the arm to the feeder, it slipped and slid.  Ah, I thought, gotcha!  I felt very satisfied until the hubby pointed out that the WD40 would wash off and we needed a more permanent solution.

chipomunkHubby cut a piece from a tin pie plate and inserted it onto the pole. That stymied the chipmunk for about 1/10 of a second

chipmunkand then it hopped right over not to be denied a midmorning snack.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext, the hubby tried attaching a spiked piece that would surely stop the little rascal.

chipmunkNo problem.  The chipmunk danced around the spikes and went right on up the pole.  Now we are really beginning to feel frustrated to continually be outsmarted by an animal no bigger than our hand.

birdThe battle between us and the chipmunk went on for several days with the chipmunk coming out the winner until we found a very simple solution….a new bird feeder that it couldn’t balance on or get into.  Now the seed is enjoyed by our feathered friends and the chipmunks run around on the ground gathering whatever seeds fall on the ground.

Us: 1   Chipmunk: 0


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24 thoughts on “Gotcha!

    1. Before dealing with the chipmunks we had to deal with the squirrels which ate even more of the food. Moving the feeder got rid of them easily enough.

  1. This is hilarious! Phil and his inventions! Love it! The docs nicknamed me Squirrel…hmmm….I wonder why… Thank you for sharing this fun story! xo

  2. In the midst of frustration I feel certain giggles overcame you as that clever chipmunk bested you over and over. We marveled at your (ineffective but TOTALLY innovative) creativity!!!

    Now if you can help solve our wasp problems on the balconies of our 35th floor hacienda we would be forever grateful!!! There is no detectable nest. They swarm and land but there is very little to entice them up here. We got one one of those one way valve sets and set 3 ‘traps’ out and followed the directions explicitly all to no avail. Since you came up with some great ideas, maybe, just maybe you have a solution up your sleeve!!!

    Enjoy your bird watching!!!

    Hugs from HOT Houston, Carol and Bob


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