The bird feeder was knocked to the ground this morning - too much weight caused the frayed string holding it to fall. After checking the roof flashing above the feeder, I noticed several apparent claw marks, which would seem to indicate that squirrels were somehow trying to divebomb the feeder to get at its contents. One likely succeeded, thus causing the whole thing to collapse to the ground.
I've hoisted it up again, but doubt that the attempts will halt. Perhaps attaching it to the underside of the eaves (and thus out of the way of all but the most acrobatic of squirrels) may be a more appropriate solution. True, I could just remove it completely, but after providing food for birds through the autumn and start of winter, I think that I have a moral obligation to continue feeding them, since it's kind of late for the remaining birds to try and migrate south.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.