It had been over a year since I started this quest and I'd virtually given up. I grabbed the feeder that a friend gave me for Christmas last year, from the place where it hung prominently on my front porch and headed for the big black garbage can. I squeezed it and was amazed that not one seed fell off. It seems the manufacturers must have used Super-Glue to hold it together. But on the way, I thought, "Why not give it one more chance. So I hung the bell-shaped feeder in the tree as I passed.
It hung there all summer. Not one bird was interested. As the weather got colder, I was contemplating trashing it afterall. But then something remarkable happened. I watched as a squirrel climbed the tree. He went straight to the feeder, and held it with his teeth, while he shook it violently with his paws. I don't know what those seeds are stuck together with, but it didn't hold up to the squirrel's abuse. Now it was a shapeless blob, still hanging in it's plastic mesh cover. The squirrel hurried down the tree and gathered up all the seeds he had shaken loose.A few minutes later, the birds began to come. They enjoyed the fruits (I mean seeds) of the squirrels labor. And I got the pictures to prove it. Who knew that birds and squirrels were such good friends? I certainly didn't. After all my worry and sleepless nights, it turns out all I needed was to befriend a squirrel. Sheesh...who woulda thunk it?