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Am I Smarter Than a Chipmunk? part 2

Category: Tray feeder | Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:44 pm

2016 right now...two new baby chipmunks are running around the flower beds and in the pergola feeding of them has decided to take up DIGGING....digging my flowers out of the containers that I have just planted. If they want to plant their sunflower seeds, that is fine with me but why move my plants out of the way? sometimes they leave the plants and just dig holes and the roots dry out on my plants....I have bought an extra bag of potting soil so I can fill in and holes that they dig in my 41 containers around the yard....We have tried putting sticks in the planters to make it crowded for them so they can't didn't work...I wish I could find something they don't like so I could add it to every container. I won't harm them but most of the neighbors poison them so they take up residence a safe home.

I am still looking for ways to discourage the digging in my containers...any ideas, no matter how silly, let me know and I will try it... I am sad to add again this year that the Chipmunks have won again...But we did win with the tomatoes. We have 2 tomato plants on the side of the house and they would eat just a little off of the bottom of them. A few years ago we started planting the tiny small tomatoes, Patio tomatoes or cherry for them. When they are getting ripe, I lay them on the ledge of our blocks around the patio and later I will find them , half eaten. I feel good that I am keeping them away from the larger ones.... Here is Birdie..she is an inside cat but she does like to check out the chipmunks when the door is open...

Birdie my Cat... ( photo / image / picture from Sherry8's Garden )

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Am I Smarter Than a Chipmunk ....?

Category: Tray feeder | Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:04 pm

I think the chipmunks are adorable but I had put a climbing clemantis on a trellis going up to the feeder by the patio....they use that as one of the ways to get to the tray feeder...

OK...last night I took the hanging trellis off of the tray feeder and layed it on the ground. I am not sure what I am going to do with the clemantis....I thought no more chipmunks clearing the tray feeder...there will be some safflower left on it for the cardinal and peanuts for the blue jays...WRONG!

I watched the chipmunks and they also use the lilac tree to jump onto the tray...OK again...I went and cut some branches off close to the tray...boy those little things can sure jump...I watched one of them jump and miss the feeder, I thought to myself I did it ! Up the tree again the little stinker went and this jump was good...onto the tray he went....

Now what? How much can I trim off of the tree ? Thinking, thinking and thinking but these little chipmunks are smart....The question is "Am I Smarter Than a Chipmunk?"

I really have to think about this.....he is so small and really loves to eat...but he doesn't just eat, he hoards everything off of the tray feeder and I let them use the one in the pergola feeding area...he shouldn't be that hungry. I can just imagine what his storage unit looks like for winter, full of peanuts and safflower to the top...

The reason I have the feeder so close to the lilac tree and the window was so I could take pictures of the cardinals, blue jays and squirrels and yes the chipmunks...I just might have to find another close location that I can move it to or just take it down until winter when the chipmunks hibernate...Most likely it will have to be taken down....the little creatures have won...I even tried spraying the pole with Pam , thinking they were climbing the pole.

You won little chipmunk and now because you always emptied the tray completely, you will have to fill up for the winter at the other feeder. Maybe I did win seeing I am smart enough to take the feeder down...what about it? Maybe we just better not answer, just think about it and what you would try.... of 2 babys ( photo / image / picture from Sherry8's Garden )

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