Jays are wicked smart, as my Boston-area friends would say. I've never
heard of any successful way of fending them off.
But although squirrels are also wicket smart, their seed and suet
predation can be stopped in some situations. I have a pole-mounted
feeder that includes both a platform and hooks above it for hanging 4
tube feeders, protected by a squirrel baffle on the lower part of the pole.
It only works if you have a place you can set it up that's far enough
away from trees and roofs and fences that they can't leap from them onto
the feeder. Not everybody has such a spot, but if you can find one, you
can absolutely keep the squirrels away. I haven't had a squirrel on it
in close to 20 years now.
It was amusing when I first put it up to watch them try and try, and
fail and fail, to get up inside the baffle and through to the platform
feeder or clamber up the outside, which is made of a smooth metal that
gives them no purchase. Then they sat around underneath for a day or
two eyeing the set-up and visibly trying to think their way through it.
They failed. Then they gave up. They do seem to communicate this to
their friends and relations and offspring because the new generations
haven't even bothered to try.
On 10/18/2018 7:14 AM, Sue wrote:
> We know that the corvid family is intelligent but this latest trick is too much. I have one of those feeders that if a large bird lands on the perch it shuts off the opening for seeds. The blue jays figured if they flap their wings while perched it makes them lighter and voila access to the seeds! Between them and squirrels it is a battle I'm guaranteed to lose.
> Sue Wetmore
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