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Mar 08, 2010 07:13 |  #1

Something was opening the lid to my bird feeder and eating the bird seed. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I had my suspicions. I had put sheet metal around the pole holding the bird feeder to keep the squirrels from climbing up. But I underestimated their jumping ability as these pictures demonstrate. The first time I saw him try this, he came up short and had to go back and try again. The distance was a little over 6 feet.

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Mar 08, 2010 07:18 |  #2

ha! Should have known! How far was that leap? Looks like about 20 feet or so. Rangey little theives, those squirrels!

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Mar 08, 2010 07:29 |  #3

snyderman wrote in post #9751245 (external link)
ha! Should have known! How far was that leap? Looks like about 20 feet or so. Rangey little theives, those squirrels!

dave

Although it may look further, it was only an inch or two over 6 feet, but slightly uphill.


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Mar 08, 2010 08:21 |  #4

Awesome sequence.
They are clever and inventive persistent little creatures. I love watching them as much as I do the birds.
It seems whenever we devise a new way to prevent them from getting at the bird feeders they will figure out a new way of getting to it. They will try anything and persist until they get what they want.
Ive got a some bird feeders hanging by trees along the edge of the woods. I have watched as the Birds and Squirrels will be feeding at the same time. They don't seem to mind each other as long as they each get to eat.


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Mar 08, 2010 08:25 |  #5

Nice series. Dang but I hate those thieving squirrels.


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Mar 08, 2010 09:31 |  #7

Ha...ha..ha...Super Squirrel. Those are great captures.


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Mar 08, 2010 09:39 |  #8

What a great series! They sure are persistant little rats aren't they? I must admit, I love their antics.


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Mar 08, 2010 09:46 |  #9

LMAO!!




  
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Mar 08, 2010 10:53 |  #10

wow awesome pics, ive always wanted to do this but those guys move sooo fast. love how you held focus throughout the jupm


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Mar 08, 2010 12:10 |  #11

what a great set. Gave me a good laugh!




  
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Mar 08, 2010 15:06 as a reply to  @ tils's post |  #12

Cant keep a good nuteater out of anything.


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Mar 09, 2010 07:44 |  #13

FSUnoles wrote in post #9752267 (external link)
wow awesome pics, ive always wanted to do this but those guys move sooo fast. love how you held focus throughout the jupm

Thanks. Speaking of fast, I was holding down the shutter button (in high-speed continuous shooting mode) right before he jumped and still didn't get his jump as he left the post. The timing was just a hair off to get it.


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Mar 09, 2010 17:11 as a reply to  @ tom30's post |  #14

Great capture and cleverer than my squirrel who spent half an hour trying to eat from the bird feeder when I had left nuts on the floor for him, I now call him Homer.


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Mar 18, 2010 14:28 as a reply to  @ LordBrian's post |  #15

Now thats a leap of faith.




  
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