Vorpal wrote:My uncle had a battle against the squirrels with the his bird feeders. He liked to watch the birds, and after he retired, this became one of his main past times.
But the squirrels!
He modified some baking tins with teflon coating to use as shields. They hung above the the hung feeders, and below the ones on the poles. That worked in a way. The squirrels then jumped from a bush to the feeders. My uncle trimmed the bushes back further and further, so that the squirrels were jumping almost 3 metres to get to one of the feeders. He ended up taking the bushes out and planting some further away, and wrapping the trunks of a couple of trees in sheet metal at the heights from where they could leap to the feeders. They kept trying, anyway, so he eventually put peanuts out for them. Between being fed well enough and making the feeders hard enough to get to, they mostly left the feeders alone.
This became years' long saga.
Control freaks will find various ways to exercise their compulsions. They do get carried away sometimes. There are some extreme examples, even worse that squirrel haters. Take Trump, who hates everything and everybody so that his control freakery has become a danger to us all.
Perhaps he too began with squirrel-hating? It seems a common psycho-affliction, judging by this thread.