Monday, February 4, 2008
Squirrel trials update #1
This is an image that strikes terror into the hearts of owl boxers. Imagine how a screech owl feels with this peering into its home.
Yesterday I replaced the front of the experimental owl box with one having a larger (3.5") hole. The 3" hole seemed a little small and I didn't want to invite home renovation by a squirrel.
The box still contained a lot of sunflower seeds but it was filled with icy snow. Since there's precipitation in the forecast I put a lid on it.
This morning, the squirrels didn't show until 11:00, and the following clockwise sequence shows the reaction of one of them to the owl box modification.
This series assured me that there was no need to worry that a lid would discourage them and delay the experiment. Once the hole was located the squirrel wasted no time entering and feeding on and off for a half hour.
It had a room with a view and periodically surveyed its surroundings, as if to say:
"Hey dudes, this is a gnarly place with all kinds of awesome snacks."