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WoodLink is the exclusive licensee for the manufacturing of birding products to the design specifications of the National Audubon Society. The ultimate 18-inch wrap around black metal squirrel baffler is made of textured powder coated steel. Installs easily. Raccoon resistant. Defeats squirrels every time. Mount 4 to 5-feet above the ground. No need to remove bird feeder when mounting. Secure black coupler (included) around any 1/2-inch to 1-3/8-inch pole or shepherd hook. Snaps apart with inward pressure on each side of the seam.
Excellent! It really works!
At home we call this “the cone” and the cone really works! However, it does so only if you take all possible precautions in setting up your feeders: tall poles, squirrel-proof feeders (there’s no such thing—but together with other discouraging measures, they do help too), and no launching points in the vicinity. For months we kept our feeders squirrel-free thanks to the cone… until my husband inadvertently left a planter (with something else on top) too close to the bird-feeder pole: and that was it. I observed from the kitchen window, fascinated, the squirrel sizing up his options… studying the situation like a 16th-century Italian engineer (da Vinci!), I could see geometry happening in his little ticking brain, charts, lines, bridges, supporting structures popping up in his head… The squirrel always wins! As you can see from the three photos I am uploading. But, believe me, were it not for that planter that gave the squirrel a launching pad from which to propel itself onto the pole passed the cone, the cone had always worked perfectly well.
Works great for hanging feeders too
Over the years I’ve purchased several bird feeders that I really like, the only problem is the squirrels also like them. Instead of going out and spending the money to buy all new “squirrel proof feeders” with mixed reviews on how effective the really were I decided to try a couple of these baffles. I know it’s cheesy but these baffles really baffle squirrels.
My next attempt to out smart the clever Squirrel involved a dowel and ceiling hooks …
It’s a tale as old as time, Squirrel VS. Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. The Squirrel usually emerges victorious. I initially hung my feeder from the branch of a tree with an S hook. I should have just given the squirrel’s the seeds as they were not challenged by my naive display. My next attempt to out smart the clever Squirrel involved a dowel and ceiling hooks to attach at either end of the dowel. I placed the Woodlink Audubon around the dowel and hung from the tree branch. So far, so good. I have yet to see the fuzzy beast hanging from the bird feeder, taunting me. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think I beat them!
Absolutely works! (when positioned correctly!)
I tried everything else to keep squirrels off the bird feeder, including vaseline/baby oil on the shepherd’s crook pole (which works pretty good for 1 week at a time) and “squirrel-proof” bird feeders. This cone works like a charm, as long as it is not near an object that the squirrels can use to jump from, onto the cone and then onto the feeder (happened to me). If a squirrel can jump as high as the cone, then they can use it as a stepping stone on the way up. The bottom of the cone needs to be at least 45 inches from ground level (I just measured mine), and as long as the bottom of the feeder is 3 inches above the bottom of the cone you are good to go! With this cone and those distances, I have had 0.0% squirrels getting to my feeder! Yes, I’m proud of that because so many things don’t work against squirrels! I love watching squirrels climbing the pole and grabbing at the cone from the inside, then losing faith that the feeder is still there since they can’t see it, and giving up. It’s quite lovely to watch those smart and acrobatic animals FAIL!. Why not 5 stars for the cone?? Because birds WILL sit on the shepherd’s crook above the cone and drop their white uric acid droppings on the black cone. It’s just unsightly. If there was a white cone, that would help; but I think birds don’t like the color white and so it might keep them from the bird feeder. I can deal with the bird droppings.The cone works.
This place in the perfect location on the pole
Ordered my second Baffle, love this item. Squirrels get baffles overtime they try to get to the feeder. Just make sure your bird feeder/pole is away from shrub, branches, and bird baths. Squirrels can jump from those places onto feeder. As shown in photo’s, this squirrel, like all the others, release they cannot get above the baffle by climbing the pole.. Excellent Product!!!
Saves the suet and food from the chipmunks and MOST squirrels! (There’s always that one or two….that just have to outsmart!)
This was very easy to put on, and fits a variety of size poles, ours is pretty skinny and it still worked. It keeps the chipmunks and squirrels from climbing up the pole like they used to do for sure. However, the smarter squirrels have found a way to bypass it by jumping to the suet feeder, right over this squirrel baffle! We’ll be searching for a taller shepherds hook next! The baffle will still be used, and with any luck, it will be tall enough to where the acrobatic squirrels can’t just jump right up to the feeder! (The photo is taken from inside our house)
An Excellent Squirrel Barrier
I have to say I was skeptical when this Squirrel baffle arrived. It took me two weeks to decide to give it a try versus return it but, based on positive reviews, I finally decided to try it. It wasn’t that I didn’t think it would work; it was trying to figure out how to hang it above a tube-style seed feeder station hanging from a tree limb. The feeder just wasn’t designed for use with a baffle because a metal hanger is permanently part of the design and goes from one side at the top of the feeder to the other. When hanging, it’s about 6” from the feeder top to the highest point of the hanger. That made attaching the baffle a challenge.
It’s metal, it’s easy to install and it works.
We never had squirrels here until about three years ago. The cute little guys have been eating us out of house and home, birdseed-wise. I have an $85 state-of-the-art Duncraft squirrel-proof feeder (weight-triggered mechanisms on both sides) and the squirrels got a good laugh out of that. They
Want To Feed Just The Birds? Try This Baffle
We have many bird feeders in our big yard, but the only ones that are 100% squirrel-proof are the ones that have these baffles underneath them. When baffles are placed 4-5 ft. above the ground and in a completely open area, they absolutely deter squirrels.