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Beverly Bethel's bird feeding station now relegates gray squirrels to feeding from the ground, as this one is at the bottom of the photo. Squirrels land on the pop bottles, spin and fall to the ground. (Submitted photo)

Amateur's Guide: A sit-and-spin for the squirrels keeps feeders safe

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We'd put out a call last week to take a peek at unique bird feeding stations in the area.

Beverly Bethel brought in photos of a gem.


She lives about a mile from Vagabond Village in Hubbard County.

Bedeviled by gray squirrels, her setup is clever and effective.

Gray squirrels would walk out to the end of tree branches, wait until the branch slowly dipped down, then drop onto her squirrel baffle. Then they'd slide underneath and gorge themselves.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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