January 3, 2020
| Unrelated Squirrel by Olivia Gallagher |
For the fourth season in a row, Cornell Lab and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with BirdSpotter prizes. After entering bird counts (data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page. Our second of four Data Entry contest prompts was:
Antics abound at our feeder sites, whether it is acrobatic squirrels or clumsy birds. Share a laugh-out-loud moment.
Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Stephanie Holladay! Stephanie described her hilarious encounter:
One sunny morning I rounded the corner toward the backyard and encountered a disturbing sight – a squirrel had somehow gotten himself wedged inside a long tube feeder and was head-down in the birdseed! I had to act fast – his bottom and tail wiggled as he tried to escape but he would have more success if he were on the ground. I quickly donned a pair of gloves and removed the feeder from the branch where it was hanging. The squirrel was suddenly still and I hoped I hadn’t arrived too late. I carefully laid the tube feeder on its side and pointed the open end toward the woods. Once the squirrel felt himself in closer contact to the ground he began to maneuver himself for escape. I watched as he contorted his body in half and brought his head toward the opening. He then scrambled out of the feeder and ran toward the safety of the woods, grateful to be free of his tubular prison.
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their stories! Participants can still submit their story to our latest prompt. Enter to win on the Count Summary page that appears after you submit your next FeederWatch count online at FeederWatch.org. Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun and you could win great prizes!