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Re: birdseed, raccoons

I mix the safflower w/ the wild bird seed and the squirrels here will
actually spit it out.  They leave my feeders alone now too which is
great.  I mentioned that to Andrea off-list hoping it would help w/
her land rodent problem.  And cardinals adore the safflower seed. 
win-win situation.

On Apr 2, 2005 10:18 AM, <> wrote:
> As usual, I'm days behind in reading my e-mail, but I wanted to mention that
> safflower seed is nearly hull-less and the squirrels don't like it quite as
> well as sunflower seeds.  The birds don't show a preference, so I buy it
> when I see it available. Oh, Auralie, I read that grackles and starlings
> don't like it!
> I kind of like the idea of sharing the environment with whatever wildlife we
> get.  I'm not happy when the rabbits nibble off the tops of my tulips or the
> raccoons eat the giant snails in my tub garden, but I figure that they were
> here first!  I try to adapt without doing harm.  Luckily, no deer have found
> their way here (even though they are on an estate only a mile away). If all
> my pots were being dug up every night, I'm not sure what I'd do!
> When the raccoons were coming into the house through our cat door (when we
> used one years ago), they were very well mannered.  They ate the cat's food
> and casually retreated through the house and out the door when we arrived
> home at night!  Well, we became more diligent about locking the cat door
> after that!  I haven't seen as many raccoons around here lately, but I
> remember one time when we had seven mulling around our back deck, probably
> waiting for us to open up!
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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