Greedy squirrel gets stuck in bird feeder

Greedy squirrel gets stuck in bird feeder

Squirrel caught in bird feeder. Picture by Roger Clark

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First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

HE treks to the most remote corners of the planet on the trail of the world’s most exotic beasts.

But Roger Clark hit upon one of his most remarkable animal encounters much closer to home thanks to a greedy squirrel who bit off more than he can chew.

The award-winning amateur photographer captured this amazing shot of the troublesome rodent from his back garden in Hampshire.

And at the same time he secured a victory in a long-running war with devious intruders targeting his property.

The grandfather’s snap-happy hobby has taken him to places as far-flung as Alaska, Antarctica and Africa to photograph polar bears, grizzlies, whales and crocodiles.

His eye for detail previously earned him a photography prize in a national newspaper.

Yet lately he has been under siege from much smaller mammals overrunning his garden and stealing food left out for the birds.

He initially thwarted pesky grey squirrels by surrounding a seed feeder with a large cage.

But an audacious youngster breached the pen and began regularly gorging on food.

Daily Echo:

But the lensman had the last laugh when the creature’s expanding waistline caused it to get stuck early one morning.

Roger, 69, from Randall Road, Chandler’s Ford who swooped after spotting the intruder on his property at 7am, said: “I saw this as an opportunity.

“Normally it would flee, but this time it struggled and struggled to escape and I could get within three metres of it for a close-up.”

The squirrel eventually panicked so much it squeezed through the bars and has never returned.

The retired computer marketer, who shot it with a Canon 60 camera, said: “You can see it looks guilty after being caught red-handed and is holding on to the bars.

“Normally I go all over the world to photograph animals.

“This just shows there is a lot of wildlife in Hampshire if you focus on it.”

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8:04am Wed 23 Jul 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Very good
Very good rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 3

10:04am Wed 23 Jul 14

eurogordi says...

Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law.
Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law. eurogordi
  • Score: -14

11:13am Wed 23 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

eurogordi wrote:
Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law.
By the time he would have checked the law the squirrel would have escaped anyway. What do you mean by trapped? A trap was not set and the cage was intended to keep the squirrelout, not in.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law.[/p][/quote]By the time he would have checked the law the squirrel would have escaped anyway. What do you mean by trapped? A trap was not set and the cage was intended to keep the squirrelout, not in. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 14

12:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

eurogordi says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law.
By the time he would have checked the law the squirrel would have escaped anyway. What do you mean by trapped? A trap was not set and the cage was intended to keep the squirrelout, not in.
I didn't make the law, but a grey squirrel (which this appears to be from the photo) is classed as vermin. If one is caught or trapped it has to be destroyed. It cannot even be kept in captivity. The interpretation of "caught" and "trapped" is ambiguous. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 is the legislation if anyone wants to research further. A separate law from 1937 which made it illegal not to report grey squirrels on private property was revoked earlier this year. In contrast, the red squirrel is a protected species that cannot be killed.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Legally a trapped squirrel should be killed. I guess because it escaped there isn't a problem, but has the person had time to take photographs would he have also had time to kill the animal? I know it sounds harsh, but that is the law.[/p][/quote]By the time he would have checked the law the squirrel would have escaped anyway. What do you mean by trapped? A trap was not set and the cage was intended to keep the squirrelout, not in.[/p][/quote]I didn't make the law, but a grey squirrel (which this appears to be from the photo) is classed as vermin. If one is caught or trapped it has to be destroyed. It cannot even be kept in captivity. The interpretation of "caught" and "trapped" is ambiguous. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 is the legislation if anyone wants to research further. A separate law from 1937 which made it illegal not to report grey squirrels on private property was revoked earlier this year. In contrast, the red squirrel is a protected species that cannot be killed. eurogordi
  • Score: -4

5:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

rockymiles says...

Thank you for communicating the law. I learn something every day and appreciated your insight. I would point out two things. Firstly The squirrel wasn't trapped as it did go in and out. As this baby grows it is more difficult hence giving me the time to approach cautiously. Secondly I have a camera and not a gun and so I could not despatch humanely which the law demands.
I enjoy wildlife but do not encourage grey squirrels. My constant annoyance is that I can't get a fail-safe bird feeder to keep them out. C'est la vie until the better mouse trap comes along - sorry squirrel trap.
Thank you for communicating the law. I learn something every day and appreciated your insight. I would point out two things. Firstly The squirrel wasn't trapped as it did go in and out. As this baby grows it is more difficult hence giving me the time to approach cautiously. Secondly I have a camera and not a gun and so I could not despatch humanely which the law demands. I enjoy wildlife but do not encourage grey squirrels. My constant annoyance is that I can't get a fail-safe bird feeder to keep them out. C'est la vie until the better mouse trap comes along - sorry squirrel trap. rockymiles
  • Score: 8

4:59am Thu 24 Jul 14

huckit P says...

"The retired computer marketer, who shot it with a Canon"

Now, if he shot it with a real canon there wouldn't be much left!
"The retired computer marketer, who shot it with a Canon" Now, if he shot it with a real canon there wouldn't be much left! huckit P
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Janet_Williams says...

Surprisingly, relating to urban grey squirrels and cage trapping, Natural England mentioned in this document Urban grey squirrels - TIN056 that for trapped grey squirrels, they "should be removed outdoors and then humanely dispatched." "Shooting should only be undertaken by an experienced, competent person." "Trapped squirrels should not be drowned as this is considered to be inhumane."
"It is illegal to release or allow captured grey squirrels to escape."

A bird feeder is not meant to be a squirrel cage, is it?

I learn something new every day too.
Surprisingly, relating to urban grey squirrels and cage trapping, Natural England mentioned in this document Urban grey squirrels - TIN056 that for trapped grey squirrels, they "should be removed outdoors and then humanely dispatched." "Shooting should only be undertaken by an experienced, competent person." "Trapped squirrels should not be drowned as this is considered to be inhumane." "It is illegal to release or allow captured grey squirrels to escape." A bird feeder is not meant to be a squirrel cage, is it? I learn something new every day too. Janet_Williams
  • Score: 0

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