NOT BEING MUCH OF A HANDYMAN, I felt inordinate pride when I completed my squirrel-proof bird feeder last week. I had to figure out how to place a wooden bird feeder atop an 8’ iron fence pole with some squirrel discouragement on it. I turned a large, plastic planter upside down and punched it down the pole for a baffle. I connected three small pieces of wood into a pi sign (Π) that fit closely onto the top of the pole with the feeder screwed to it. With the pi signs legs straddling the iron post, I wrapped it with duct tape (naturally) so that, now, the feeder sits secure atop the post. It’s in the backyard, filled with choice bird seed, where I can see it from my reading chair. I even tied a little bit of red ribbon atop the feeder to attract an avian crowd. I live in a neighborhood full of large trees and birds. Within a couple of days, I witnessed a squirrel start up the pole but unable to get past the inverted plant container baffle. My hopes soared. That was a week ago. I haven’t seen an effin’ bird at the feeder yet.