Bet you thought it was only grey squirrels which were ‘tree rats’? This rat easily climbed this shrub as I watched.
When I took the picture, he was inches away from a fatball holder. Folk have the mistaken belief rats only steal bird food from the ground. In fact, bird feeders left out overnight are rat feeders.
Not that I would discourage anyone from bird feeding, but you must ensure you don’t overdo it. A feeding station with old grain lying around on the ground below is not only an attraction to rats, it can result in bacterial diseases among your birds too.
Read George Hogg’s Country Corner in this week’s edition, out now.