A couple of squirrel incidents recently.
So far if a SQR type box is place properly I have not had a squirrel take up residence in a box, however I have seen them try, they way the do is latch there hind legs to the peak of the box and slowly stretch themselves down the roof with their fore legs out stretch to the sides, when they get to the maximum stretch, they are right at the end of the roof. On a plain SQR type box they have reached for the opening while sliding off the roof. (they higher the box is from the ground or next limb, helps a bit as squirrels are less bold the further the drop). Now I had a small owlet rail on ‘his box” on at site one, I suspect this was just enough of a protrusion that allowed the squirrel to access the box before sliding off. I have taken off the owlet rail, and have seen the male in the box once since, and more importantly no more squirrel.
“His box” a few days ago, after finding the squirrel and taking the owlet rail off, I tried to photo the male owl, but he retreated into the box, but you can see some of the squirrel damage on the upper right of the hole.
Now at Site 8 I got this email from the owner Oct 22, 2011.
Sat. 9:30 am – I just watched a squirrel climb down the top of the slot box. It peeked over the bottom edge, saw the owl roosting in the slot, and it quickly turned around and beat a hasty retreat. This is the first “security breach” I’ve seen on these “squirrel resistent” boxes.
It sounds like it tried out the roof, didn’t let go with its hindlegs, and was able to pull itself back for the retreat , but the good news, No apparent follow up attempt as of yet!