Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Exciting progress! As it's late I won't bother posting it till tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are my new hypotheses which the whole project will be seeking to either prove or disprove, I've not sure which...
- Red squirrels’ will eat supplementary food whether a selective feeder is used, or not.
- Adult grey squirrels will not use the feeder.
- Young grey squirrels will use it.
- Thus less grey squirrels will use it as time passes and little grey squirrels grow up.
- Red feeding will not be affected by grey squirrels sharing their feeder.
# Thus less grey squirrels will use it as time passes and little grey squirrels grow up.
But as more grays are born, there will be young ones again...
# Red feeding will not be affected by grey squirrels sharing their feeder.
No. But if the feeder is the only food the reds can get, isn't there a problem here still?
Keep up the good work!
#Grey squirrels are born in the spring/summer so as the summer progresses there should be fewer and fewer still around that are small enough to fit the mesh.
#Yes there is a problem! However, even if young greys can use the feeder, it could still be useful in the Winter when all greys have grown to full size and can no longer fit. The aim of the feeder is not to provide all of a red squirrels food but only to supplement it in situations where greys are lowering the availability of natural food.
Thanks for giving this some thought!