[CT Birds] pole mounted squirrel baffle choice

Lynn Jones lynnjones11 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 09:26:20 EST 2012

I bought one of these, Erva SB8 Wrap Around Pole Squirrel Baffle, from The
Fat Robin a couple of years ago for a Sheppard's crook that I hang my
feeders on.  http://www.fatrobin.com/squirrel%20baffles.html  It's been
really effective... except when I move the pole closer to the tree and they
drop down from above.  Maybe my squirrels are too fat and lazy to try real
hard but my baffle is only at about 4 feet off the ground and still works.
Any lower though and the squirrels can just jump over it.

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 7:31 AM, <Kfinnan at aol.com> wrote:

> Rob & distribution - I hope you don't mind a "reply all" as I am  curious
> about the experience of others, too.
> In our case, squirrels have been able to defeat everything except the metal
>  tubular baffles, which look like long cylinders.  They are installed on a
> pole below the feeder.
> If you have raccoons in the area, you will need the larger, "raccoon
> baffle" version.
> I have found that the top of the baffle has to be about five feet high to
> prevent squirrels from simply jumping up to it from the ground (this will
> need  adjustment if there is a high, hard pack of snow, like there was,
> last
> winter).  Also, the pole must be away from nearby trees and structures that
> allow squirrels to jump across or downward.
> Good luck!
> Kevin Finnan
> Goshen
> Hi  all,
> I am planning on getting a pole system to hang at least 4 feeders  and will
> need a pole mount squirrel baffle.  Anyone have preferences  as to style?
>  I
> see plastic cones and domes (I have a plastic dome  hanging over one feeder
> and it doesn't work), metal cone styles, and metal  tubular (or "torpedo")
> styles.  They are all in the same price range,  so my deciding factor will
> be effectiveness.  What are people's  experiences?  (Offline replies are
> fine)
> Thanks,
> Rob  Ballinger
> Farmington
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Lynn A. Jones
Museum Assistant
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven, CT

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