Yes, that's right. Feeding the squirrels is a form of entertainment to me. I sit in our den, at my desk and I look out a window and I can watch the squirrels eat. They are quite entertaining. I have 2 squirrel feeders around the yard. Our dog doesn't bother them in the least but when our son's dog, Brody, comes over he chases and tries to catch them. Unfortunately this winter Brody did catch 2. One died and one escaped. I did a lot of screaming and learned to feed the squirrels after Brody goes home.
I also have a squirrel feeder and a suet feeder in a tree outside of my kitchen window. I have watched squirrel "acobatics" while I am doing the dishes. And then there are the birds who love to eat the suet especially in the wintertime. They need the extra fat since they spend so much time trying to stay warm.
Since I account for everything in our budget, I put squirrel and birdfood in the entertainment category. Of course, my hubby disagrees with me on this one, but he has his own forms of entertainment that are in the budget.
It costs me about $7.00 for a 30 lb. bag of squirrel corn and I go through that bag about every 10 weeks. I use about 25 lbs. of birdfood each month which costs me about $20.00 (if there aren't any sales going on). If I had to I would find other areas to cut back on before I would take this out of the budget.
And last, this is the feeder I set up outside our diningroom window. This is made from an old lawn ornament. It is a pitch fork stuck in the ground. On top of it used to sit a decorative birdhouse that broke and came off. I took an old pie tin and nailed it to the top to put bird food in.