Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
"Nature never contradicts itself; only ideas do.” - Marty Rubin
The most common mammal in an Ohio backyard, Eastern Grey Squirrels will eat anything they can get their hands on including fallen seed from the bird feeders if they can't climb to them. I have to admit that they are very crafty and opportunistic. The world for animals can be unforgiving, so foraging for any kind of food can be a matter of life and death. I have seen them attempt to eat from bird suet cages screwed into trees before! Nothing seems to stop them.
If you are interested in feeding your backyard wildlife, I would suggest putting out dried corn on the cob for tree squirrels. You can purchase a large bag of pre-dried corn or take fresh pieces and dry them for 8 hours or so in the oven. Either way works, and this will (mostly) help divert their attention away from any birdseed around. Just be sure to really stock up on the corn, as each cob will be stripped dry of every kernel by the end of the day.
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