[CT Birds] Squirrel Baffles

Jerry Connolly birdshop at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 6 17:26:02 EST 2012


We here at The Audubon Shop in Madison have a good bit of information about the most effective baffles, and how/where to mount them here: http://www.theaudubonshop.com/products/bird_feeders1/squirrel_baffles

The important info to note is the equation on that page (read there): 5, 7, 9.  You also have to buy a pole tall enough to allow you to hang your feeders above the top height of the baffle so squirrels cannot bypass.  Our specially made (in CT) 2 piece poles telescope up to 8 ft high and are able to accommodate any pole mounted baffle, including a raccoon baffle.  We have noted that many poles offered in big box stores are not tall enough, and allow feeders to hang below the baffle.

Our poles are easy to install, sturdy and are able to accommodate 3+ feeders.  I do not have a picture of the pole on the site, but would be happy to send one to anyone who emails. birdshop at sbcglobal.net

And, while you're in town, check out the Yellow-throated Warbler that is frequenting a nearby neighbor's feeder, or take a walk at Hammo - tomorrow promises to be a great day.

Janet Connolly
The Audubon Shop
203-245-9056


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> Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 07:31:10 -0500 (EST)
> From: Kfinnan at aol.com
> To: rayn4est at gmail.com, ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] pole mounted squirrel baffle choice
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> 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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> Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 09:07:34 -0500
> From: johnson diana <dianaajohnson at me.com>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Squirrel Baffles
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> The plastic cones, that are like an upside down pyramid, are totally effective if your squirrels are coming down on the feeders from above. They can't stay on the feeders and just slide off immediately. Preventing squirrels from launching themselves from the ground or any object nearby is another question altogether!
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> Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:26:20 -0500
> From: Lynn Jones <lynnjones11 at gmail.com>
> To: Kfinnan at aol.com
> Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] pole mounted squirrel baffle choice
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> 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.
> 
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> 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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