42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite stocking-stuffer for any birding friends
There are some books that you just HAVE to have - if only because the topic they're on is so funny. This is one of those! Not only that, but it actually is handy for birders, in a practical way.
Whether you like or don't like squirrels, you have to account for them when you're trying to feed birds. Otherwise your birds end up with no food and you have many fat squirrels...
Published on November 11, 2001 by Lisa Shea
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Remotely Tremendous
I'll keep this review short and sweet, since the book isn't exactly the utmost in literary achievement ever produced. The book is decent, probably right on the 3 star mark given what it tries to do and what it does. The intention of the book is to, well, outwit squirrels - a silly notion given a day or 2 observing the little...um, natural friends. Wit isn't what makes the...
Published on January 10, 2006 by Norm Zurawski
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious approaches, humorously written,
This review is from: Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels (Paperback)I wish I had known about this book two years ago. Mr. Adler provides insight into the single-minded focus of these furry creatures and their expensive impact on attempts to fill the backyard with a variety of colorful birds. Be sure to read the section on Nixalite. If only Bill Adler could be convinced to write a book on squirrels and their egregious misappropriation of the attic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with frustration!,
This review is from: Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels (Paperback)Mr. Adler's book about how to outwit squirrels is most informative and written with an abundant sense of humor, which one has to have.
33 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One thing works for sure, cayenne pepper in bird food,
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This review is from: Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels (Paperback)I bought the book but only one strategy has kept the squirrels out of the feeder, bird food with cpasicum pepper pre mixed. Those that say capsicum doesn't work are using only a recipe amount for human consumption which isn't enough. Buy the capsicum laced food and the birds will feed and you won't have to modify your feeder.
People have asked us regarding the safety of mixing capsaicin in with the bird seed to repell squirrels from eating the seed. Here is one reply from a couple of scientists.
"I asked Russ Mason, an expert on chemical repellents, whether birds are affected by capsaicin. Here's his reply: "No--the ethmoid branch of the trigeminal nerve innervates the eyes, nose, and oral cavity. This is the nerve responsible for mediation of chemical irritation. There is no evidence that birds code capsaicin (red pepper) as an irritant at concentrations as high as 20,000 ppm (the hottest chili is about 2,000 ppm). Mammals like squirrels (rats, mice) reject capsicum concentrations as low as 1-10 ppm." In other words, birds are insensitive to red pepper, period. They could be irritated by excessive dust, however. Robert H. Schmidt, Associate Professor, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, Logan UT 84322-5210"
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift,
2.0 out of 5 stars many ideas,
outwit squirrels. Take the money you would have spent for the
book and buy cayenne or other hot chili powder; I tried everything in the book
(pun intended) and the squirrel kept coming. When i sprayed the finch sock with
Pam, and sprinkled it and the cord with hot chili powder, The finches like the chili. The squirrel is still in the garden but not at the
This would not be practical for a fruit tree though.
but getting rid of the squirrel will just leave territory for a new one to claim.
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't outwit them!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining,
4.0 out of 5 stars good,
5.0 out of 5 stars Squirrely!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Outwitting Squirrels,
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Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels by Bill Adler Jr. (Paperback - September 1, 1996)
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