Squirrels love to invade bird feeders and eat all the nuts and seeds. Maybe it is time to build feeders for the squirrels. Simple designs allow you to have squirrel feeders in your yard--just sit on the deck and enjoy the show.
Corncob and Ring Feeders
The simplest bird feeder is a block of wood with a corncob attached. Cut a square of wood approximately 3-by-3 inches. Hammer a long nail through the block of wood. Turn the block over so the point of the nail is facing up and stick a fresh corncob onto the nail. Hang the feeder from a tree with string or wedge it into a tree. Replace the corncob as needed.
Purchase a ring bracket and nail it to a post on the deck. Use a terra-cotta saucer from a planter pot and fill it with birdseed. Place the saucer into the circle of the bracket.
Soda Bottles and Whirligigs
Find a clean 2-liter soda bottle. Discard the cap and cut two notches from around the neck of the bottle. Fill the bottle with birdseed. Glue a saucer or a lid from a larger bottle, such as a one-gallon pickle jar, to the neck of the soda bottle. When the glue is dry, turn the bottle upside down so that the bottle is now sitting on the saucer. The seeds will spill out of the holes created in the neck of the bottle, filling the saucer or lid.
Squirrels love to play, so make a whirligig feeder. Nail two 1-by-1-by-1-inch boards together to make an X. Hammer a long nail into each end of the X. Nail the centre of the X to a tree trunk, but not so tight that the boards cannot rotate freely. Place a dried corncob on each nail. Sit back and watch the squirrels as they reach for a corncob and the feeder starts spinning.
Build a box with scrap wood that will hold a plastic gallon jar or a plastic ice cream bucket. Cut the gallon jar in half and place the jar or bucket into the box and hang it from a tree.