As the turf wars among suburban wildlife drag on, squirrels, wily and bold, often usurp birds' rightful spots at domestic feeders. Frustration has driven many a birdwatcher to rig out all manner of contraptions to keep the squirrels at bay.
The Yankee Flipper has joined the arsenal. Billed as "100 percent squirrel-proof," this birdfeeder features a weight-activated feeding perch attached to a motor: The squirrel positions himself for a meal, and the perch gently flips him to the ground.
The battery-powered motor, housed within the seed tube, is protected from moisture; rechargeable NiCad batteries and a charger are included.
RE-ENERGIZING LA-Z-BOY: In the social hierarchy of home furnishings, La-Z-Boy's recliners, with their high frump factor, risk being voted "most likely to go grocery shopping in an undershirt or housecoat." But the company, like many manufacturers courting the next generation of customers, has pole-vaulted into this century with some eye-catching products: graceful sofas and chairs that nod to designs from the 1920s through the 1950s, upholstered in contemporary fabrics or sleek leather.
Even the tongue-in-cheek ad campaign -- "Give your TV something interesting to look at for a change" -- makes clear that this is not your grandfather's La-Z-Boy. The pieces start at $599. Visit www.lazboy.com for details.
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