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The best squirrel feeders for backyard summer fun

Updated on June 28, 2014

Squirrel feeders make the best gift ideas

Every spring garden centers, nurseries, and big box stores offer a wide range of squirrel feeders. These garden items are fun gifts for dads and spring is a great time to buy that special unique gift for Father's day. Don't forget birthdays, too. Who would have thought there was such a wide range in squirrel feeder designs?

How I discovered this fun gift for my dad

I stumbled across the idea of giving a squirrel feeder to my dad for Father's Day quite by accident. I was at a nursery searching for a hanging basket for my mom when I saw a collection of birdhouses that caught my eye. In the midst of all the bird houses, I found a number of squirrel feeders for sale. I'd found the perfect gifts for both. My dad loved his squirrel feeder.

Try different squirrel feeder designs

There are more ways to feed a squirrel than you can imagine. There are squirrel feeder plans and designs that include jars, whirligigs, and the ever-present corn cob. Some have lids, others are open-mouthed jars, still others provide corn cob on a stick. No matter which design you choose for your squirrel feeder, the squirrels will provide hours of entertainment.

Bad squirrel! No bird feeder poaching allowed.

Bad squirrel! No bird feeder poaching allowed.
Bad squirrel! No bird feeder poaching allowed.

Love this video - Squirrel eating from feeder - Have fun watching a squirrel eat

Imagine being able to watch your local squirrels eating from your squirrel feeder every day. What fun. Doesn't matter if it's one close to the kitchen window or a little further out. You know what funny creatures squirrels are. You'll notice this little fella is stealing food from the birds.

Squirrels are our fun, furry friends.

Do you enjoy backyard fun watching squirrels?

Yes, they're so cute, lovable and fun.

Yes, they're so cute, lovable and fun.

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    • jolou 3 years ago

      They are adorable, and incredibly smart creatures.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love to watch squirrel sprinting in my backyard. I am amazed at their swiftness.

    • stephen downing 4 years ago

      When I worked as a wildlife ranger they are classed as a pest. But I still love to watch them!

    • ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I have several that play on my patio. They are fun to watch while I clean up in the kitchen. They have a huge acorn supply in the front yard; so that makes them permanent residents.

    No. Are you kidding? Squirrels are pests and steal food from the birds.

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      • Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

        Cute but they drive me crazy. I have even had squirrels chew up my bird feeders trying to get the residual seed.

      • Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

        Squirrels steal food from us, too, when we have a garden. But I'll admit that they're fun to watch during the rest of the year. So I need a middle column to post my opinion. :)

      Show your support for the backyard scamps - Squirrels are quite busy and don't own up to what they do.

      What Birdseed? - Large T-shirt Black, It wasn't me , Novelty Gift Apparel
      What Birdseed? - Large T-shirt Black, It wasn't me , Novelty Gift Apparel

      Love this black t-shirt with three squirrels in the traditional "hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil" pose.

       

      5 Uncommon Facts about Squirrels

      Sam - The Backyard Flying Squirrel Hunter

      Sam - The Backyard Flying Squirrel Hunter
      Sam - The Backyard Flying Squirrel Hunter
      Honeybunn in full Squirrel Scout mode.
      Honeybunn in full Squirrel Scout mode.

      Squirrels, dogs and the ritual dance in my backyard

      Acrobatic squirrels lose a little speed due to high acorn yield

      I have six--yes, six--dogs and a goodly amount of squirrels living among an abundance of acorns. This year I'd say my backyard has become Acorn Nirvana for the local squirrels given the more than three months of nonstop acorn drops. We had an unusually high yield of acorns. So the squirrels are abundantly happy this spring--and grossly overweight.

      My poor dogs haven't had it so good. Not only have they had to put up with the usual squirrel antics but they had to suffer through a 3-month rainstorm of acorn pellets. It's a wonder they didn't go to bed at night with major headaches. But don't think the squirrels took pity on the dogs. Squirrels are not that way.

      The squirrels have double-downed on taking ownership of the acorns littering the roof, the patio, the outside deck, and the ground. Despite their plumper cheeks and bigger bellies, they still scramble up and down the trees and leap from branch to branch in order to capture yet another fallen acorn.

      That does not bode well for quiet in the yard. Nope. The dogs are on high alert this spring. They are not giving up ground easily. Sam, my Great Pyrenese and intrepid squirrel hunter, and Honeybunn, my little MiKi and keen-eyed Squirrel Scout, are on patrol.

      Freddie wants squirrel t-shirt

      Freddie wants squirrel t-shirt
      Freddie wants squirrel t-shirt

      Most Wanted Squirrel T-shirt - Bird lovers will enjoy this squirrel t-shirt.

      Birdwatchers are not the only ones who have a keen interest in this t-shirt. A couple of my dogs have given a high-paw to the shirt, too. I think Freddie, my Maltese, is particularly keen on it. The dogs have squirrel issues.

      Most Wanted Squirrels ~ X-Large T-shirt White, Criminal, Novelty Gift Apparel
      Most Wanted Squirrels ~ X-Large T-shirt White, Criminal, Novelty Gift Apparel

      Not squirrel-friendly? You need a Most Wanted Squirrel t-shirt. Not everyone is a squirrel lover and we all know how much trouble the little furry things can get into.

       

      Fun squirrel feeder designs and plans - Squirrels do silly things to get food from feeders

      There are many types of squirrel feeders ranging from the more traditional to the even more ludicrous. When it comes to gifts, sometimes a big squirrel's head feeder will generate the most laughs. Here are a few ways to feed those pesky squirrels who try to steal from the birds. From spinning feeders to heavy metal, these feeders will offer squirrels plenty of food.

      SONGBIRD ESSENTIALS SE6019 Songbird Essentials Whole Peanut Wreath Feeder
      SONGBIRD ESSENTIALS SE6019 Songbird Essentials Whole Peanut Wreath Feeder

      A big peanut wreath is fun and festive. Now you know the birds will want this, too, but my money is on the squirrels.

       
      Stokes Select Tractor Cob Squirrel Feeder, Red, 2 Corn Cob Capacity
      Stokes Select Tractor Cob Squirrel Feeder, Red, 2 Corn Cob Capacity

      This heavy metal feeder should provide a lot of fun. Another feeder that takes two ears of corn.

       

      Great video of squirrel eating from a jar - Squirrel watching is a great pastime

      The music adds to the experience so be prepared to have fun watching this squirrel. The video is nearly five minutes but this is quite a character as he goes round and round and in and out of the jar. If you enjoy watching squirrels, then you know wht you need to do. Get a squirrel feeder, put in the food, and pull up a seat. They won't keep you waiting long.

      Best squirrel feeders and squirrel feeder designs

      There's a wide range of types when it comes to squirrel feeders. Feeders are made out of wood, metal, even resin.

      Woodlink SQF7 Picnic Table Ear of Corn Squirrel Feeder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
      Woodlink SQF7 Picnic Table Ear of Corn Squirrel Feeder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

      This is the more traditional feeder that you find and is similar to the one I bought for my dad. It's still outside drawing squirrels to this day.

       
      NutHouse Squirrel Jar Feeder - Great Gift and Entertainment for You and Your Squirrels
      NutHouse Squirrel Jar Feeder - Great Gift and Entertainment for You and Your Squirrels

      The jar squirrel feeder is a lot of fun. Imagine the squirrel sliding its paw into the jar and groping for the ear of corn. You know that squirrel is going to try to get into that jar.

       
      Woodlink NASQBOX2 Audubon Squirrel Munch House Feeder
      Woodlink NASQBOX2 Audubon Squirrel Munch House Feeder

      This is a great way to invite all the squirrels in the neighborhood to come on down for food. You'll have a lot of fun watching them eat those ears of corn.

       

      Three things you may not know about squirrels - Little known facts about squirrels

      1. Grab a tape measure. Squirrels can leap 20 feet.
      2. Grab a camera. Using its tail as a parachute, a squirrel can fall up to 100 feet without harm.
      3. Grab a mask. Because of the way their eyes are positioned, it may seem like squirrels have eyes in the back of their heads. They can see you.

      Squirrel statues to go with your squirrel feeder - Outdoor squirrel statues are great garden ornaments

      While you may have live squirrels coming in and out for food, why not get your squirrel on with these additional squirrel garden statues. Some outdoor squirrels are whimsical like the one riding the bicycle or the rather portly squirrel featured below. Others offer cheer and welcome, while some may raise an eyebrow or two. Finally, the bird bath with the squirrels running up and down is a perfect addition to any yard.

      Design Toscano Special Delivery Squirrel Bicycle Messenger Garden Statue, Multicolored
      Design Toscano Special Delivery Squirrel Bicycle Messenger Garden Statue, Multicolored

      You can't beat this little squirrel bicycle messenger. He's really cute and will add a bit of spice to the garden or pond.

       
      Comical Squirrel with Sign: Welcome to the Nut House, 5.5-inch
      Comical Squirrel with Sign: Welcome to the Nut House, 5.5-inch

      Every pond or garden needs a Welcome Sign. This particular squirrel statue holding the welcome sign adds an additional dash of humor, too.

       
      Ancient Graffiti Flamed Copper Staked Squirrel Outdoor Decor
      Ancient Graffiti Flamed Copper Staked Squirrel Outdoor Decor

      For a totally different atmosphere, try this copper squirrel statue. It will be a real attention-getter.

       
      11" Nature's Story Portly Squirrel Outdoor Patio Garden Statue
      11" Nature's Story Portly Squirrel Outdoor Patio Garden Statue

      Okay, I love this fat squirrel. He's perfect for the yard and will cause you to smile every time you see him.

       

      The Running of the Squirrels - Squirrels show up everywhere and are into everything

      Food for the squirrel feeders - Don't forget the food and squirrel treats

      Squirrels love corn on the cob and most squirrel feeders love them, too. You can also pick up a squirrel snack pack for a little change or a treat for friendly furry friends.

      Are you all nutty about squirrels? Share your favorite squirrel story - Leave a comment as I love hearing from my readers

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          Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

          Enjoyed reading your article, those squirrels would sure keep your dogs busy.

          Loved the squirrel bicycle messenger statue. Just a well we don't have squirrels in NZ.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @SusanDeppner: Boy, I know about the squirrel factor. Sam, my Great Pyrenees, chases them and HoneyBunn, my tiny Mi-Ki does advance scouting for him. So funny. My squirrels are fat and dumpy from the 3 months of incessant acorn droppings from the trees. I'm waiting for one to fall to the ground from the added weight.

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Our dog LOVES chasing squirrels! Fortunately she (the dog) can't climb trees, though she gives it her best shot. Squirrels are cute and fun to watch, but around here they're more of a pest. I'm planning a garden right now and already trying to figure how to keep the squirrels from grabbing the tomato-that-will-be-just-perfect-to-pick-tomorrow. They know when those things are ripe! :)

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