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A cheeky rat enjoys a midnight snack

We've seen all kinds of creatures visit our bird feeder. The latest is a cheeky rat!

Our bird feeder has a habit of attracting all sorts of creatures. We've all seen the squirrel and the pheasant enjoying a nibble (not to mention all the usual birdies that enjoy a bite).

Last night we had a new visitor in the shape of a big fat rat! I wonder where he came from? He spent a good 15 minutes on the feeder, filling himself up with the peanuts. It's a wonder he managed to get back out again after he had finished!

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I saw the rat inside the feeder last night but missed him shimmying up the feeder pole. I did see him jumping out when he had filled his tummy.

And Ludwig the Earwig was a witness to the whole escapade!

I hope the rat doesn't bring his family !! I suppose rats are part of the countryside but I must say that I prefer the squirrel or pheasant sharing the birdfeeder.

Iwould put old car oil on the pole

I thought the fatballs were going down quickly overnight.. I never put it down to a rat though ! Will have to do something about that because thats the last thing we need around. I didnt realise they were such good climbers. Cant stand earwigs either... ugh !!

The day after I saw the rat on the fatballs there was a message on my FB page about the increase in the rat population: [link]

Put old axle grease on from the tractor.that should stop it

We had the same problem with a rat a few weeks ago, it kept climbing up the feeder pole and eating the bird seed. We put a rat bait station down, it seems to have done the job. Had to do that because we didn't want a garden full of rats.

We had the same problem with a rat a few weeks ago, it kept climbing up the feeder pole and eating the bird seed. We put a rat bait station down, it seems to have done the job. Had to do that because we didn't want a garden full of rats.

Pleased to report the rat be gone!