take that, chipmunks!

For several months, this was a common sight around our bird feeders:
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Then, one day, scenes like this became the norm:
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As a result, our main bird feeder (which was suspended from a five foot pole in the ground) has sat empty since April, when the chipmunk invasion became so intense, that the birds basically stopped trying to get even a few morsels of food.  I let the chipmunks empty the feeder, but refused to refill it.
However, when some black-headed grosbeaks showed up the other day and repeatedly checked the feeder, I couldn’t take it anymore.  I put more seed in the feeder, and the chipmunks instantly returned, keeping the birds away.
So, my Cowboy (who has an extreme dislike of heights), got involved.
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12 hours, and counting—not a chipmunk in sight.  Take that, you little stinkers.

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