We’ve fed the birds in our woods for decades. But, this winder we decided to put out some corn in hopes of drawing the squirrels in. We have a large heard this season and they are great fun to watch.
So, I stopped at Tractor #and brought home a corn feeder, a 50# bag of shelled corn, and a bag of eared corn. Long story short, so far the squirrels have totally ignored it. I see them run down the tree and a few minutes run back up; showing no interest in the goodies offered. My only theory is that the corn feeder is hanging on a hickory tree and there’s got to be lots of hickory nuts on the ground that the squirrels prefer over corn.
In the end, I gave up and turned the squirrel station into a bird feeding station. Most of the bird species like corn and I’ve mixed in a little black oil sunflower seeds along with suet and crunchy peanut butter. Everything seems to appreciate the effort except the tufted titmice who remain loyal to the old sunflower seed feeders.
My attention next turned to try to get some photos and video of the action at the new feeder. First I tried my smartphone on a tripod and using a wireless shutter release. That was a failure because the phone returned to the Home screen after a couple of minutes. After returning the remote to Amazon I ordered a budget action camera with remote control and that wouldn’t get close enough without my going outside and rigging up some sort of nearby exterior mount. So, back that went and in its place came a wireless remote release for my old Canon SX50. I need to do some tweaking but I think that’s going to work. Today I shot a bunch of photos and turned them into a slide show for YouTube. As you’ll see I need to still zoom closer and get a better focus.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the efforts.