Friday, January 17, 2014

Squirrely



1. Here I am on Vee's deck rail plotting. (Someone ought to tell her John that it needs a little paint.)


2. And perhaps no one has told those yahoos that squirrels can access any feeder from ten feet. This one's a piece of cake. With all this snow, I'm a mere three feet below my goal. 

 3. Ta Da! Told ya!


4. Let's see now, how do I get into this thing?


5. All this for a lousy piece of stale Rice Krispies bar?!

 6. Whoaaaaa...

 7. God didn't give me claws for nothing!
8. Nom...nom...nom...

John has expressed his concern about the hordes of squirrels that are circling the property. They are pretty brazen little duffers. I've had to give up feeding them. Are you feeding the squirrels birds this year?


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47 comments:

  1. You captured that squirrel-on-a-mission just perfectly! We don't have many squirrels in our corner...so the birds at my feeder have no competition. However, I must admit I haven't been that good at keeping it full this year. Oye!

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  2. :) enjoyed!!...we are feeding birds and therefore the neighbors cat as well! I call him Sylvester.

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  3. Earl gets all ticked off when he sees the squirrels helping themselves at the feeders, but I just say the squirrels need to eat too, and I think they're so cute. He cannot be convinced of their cuteness no matter how much I advocate for them.

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  4. Oh Vee, Crack me up! My Hubby and I were just discussing making a platform for a bird feeder! As our little bird feeder does not hold enough food for all the Sparrows and Finch's we get.
    As for squirrels we do not have any out here on the plains.
    Have a lovely week-end!

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  5. My guilt meter just spun out of control. I've had birdseed on my buy it list now for 3 weeks straight and still have not followed through. It is hilarious to watch the squirrels try to hang on the bird feeders upside down and enjoy some seeds! Love your photos and commentary...

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  6. What a great photography shoot! We have lots of squirrels where I am in Texas too, but they are bigger and have reddish-brown bellies instead of the white ones. And yes, they still figure out how to get into the bird feeders:)

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  7. Hi Vee!

    What a funny little guy...gotta love their tenacity and endurance! I love to feed the birds, but like you, I have a few squirrels that steal their food and terrorize the dog... :0) I try to put more out in the Spring, when all of the little Robins and Red Winged Blackbirds are starting to come back to Idaho for their summer vacation.

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  8. Since I am renting I can't feed the birds with a feeder. I do love watching the squirrels acting out though.

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  9. We no longer feed the birds/squirrels but it certainly is fun to watch their antics! Hope you both have a nice weekend, Vee.

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  10. Cute captures there with your camera…that could be our bird feeder sometimes. I have seen less squirrels in our yard but more deer, maybe that's related. In fact I had a close encounter this morning. I really didn't want to share the yard with him--he was comfortable mighty close. And when shooed, he took his time about leaving.

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  11. Ha ha, persistent aren't they? We feed the birds year round and since my feeders are squirrel proof, they pretty much only go for the excess on the ground. It's not uncommon to have 3-5 squirrels in the yard at one time.

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  12. The snow in our corner is piled up to only about 1 foot from the feeder so, yes, we feed the squirrels- ugh! The farmer has tried live trapping without success - somewhat of a cartoon story here. You sure got some great shots of you little squirrel.

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  13. LOL, so cute! We do feed the birds. We really do have a squirrel proof bird feeder. It was kind of expensive, but it is guaranteed for life, so if it breaks they repair or replace it for free. Unless a bear breaks it, and believe me, they can tell when that happens lol.

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  14. Cheeky little buggers aren't they? I enjoy watching all the critters and birds we have here in our valley back yard . I feed the birds and squirrels all year long . I have found a way to keep the squirrels off the bird feeders and that is give them their own flat feeders and down low for them so far for a year now it has worked and that our Miggs keeps them in line to lol ! Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  15. We once watched an Animal Planet story about squirrels and apparently they are very smart and learn from their mistakes. I'm a sucker for all the wildlife and make sure there is food out there for all, XOXO

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  16. LOL. Thanks Vee..no..not feeding the squirrels here, haven't seen any, really. Blessings

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  17. Oh, I am so delighted!! No, I don't wish squirrelly love on you or your home. We've endured it in the past. We thought we had termites eating the front porch pillars and nearly panicked until we found out the culprits were squirrels. We kept them at bay with some cayenne pepper.

    But now, your story did delight me. Humor makes it possible to abide with squirrels for a pair of minutes. That was so cute, and I could picture you taking the pictures and narrating in your head the whole time.

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  18. They are persistent! And they usually win in the end. We're feeding the birds but so far (crossing fingers) the squirrels haven't managed to get into the feeder.

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  19. Wonderful and fun photos of the squirrel Vee. I love the mosaic you made. Yes, I'm feeding the birds and, since we've had the 'thaw' the squirrels have come out of hiding. We have at least 2 red ones and a grey one comes once in a while. But they can't get at the feeders and only eat what's on the ground that the birds knock out. They are pretty busy and I see the red ones eating the maple seeds on the ground that were blown from the trees. The ground is exposed along the driveway so they enjoy that too. I've also had some grackles and starlings here the past week. They'll clean out the seed and the suet really fast. Have fun!

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  20. Absolutely feed the birds. Our German neighbor used to plug neighborhood squirrels...we didn't know!
    If there really is a circling hoard at your place maybe you should get Miss Kaye Robertson's family favorite squirrel recipe...and find out why she is such a fan of fried squirrel brains.
    Hope they didn't make off with your sack of potatoes.

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  21. Yep, squirrels and birds here, too. I let my Sheltie out so she can chase the squirrels away...it works like a charm, until the next day!

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  22. Feeding the birds and squirrel every morning. Fun post. Pesky little critters,but kind of cute!

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  23. Oh he's a cute little burglar! I can't feed the squirrels because I can't feed the birds I want to feed, because of the cowbirds. I finally just gave in the towel on bird feeders. But I do love my martins- they are fantastic!

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  24. OMG that is too funny!! My mother feeds her squirrels chocolate chip cookies. They are fat fat fat.

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  25. Fun post. We have metal squirrel proof feeders. So, we're feeding birds and only birds. Everything else is supper. [giggle] ~:)

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  26. My mother-in-law had a love-hate relationship with squirrels. She hated that they ate the bird feed she put out but then would laugh at their antics.

    In our area it is entirely possible their brains were frozen during the polar vortex (and it is just plain cold again). It has been fun watching them out the deck windows.

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  27. Loved your squirrely story, Vee. They are so much fun to watch; it is too bad they can do so much damage. As someone once quipped, if you see one squirrel around, you can be there are a couple of dozen in the shadows somewhere.

    My dad used to give the one they had coming around with cashews at Christmas. My mom was flabbergasted. His reply, Squirrels need to celebrate Christmas too. (I think I take after my dad on that.)



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  28. You are getting really creative with your collages...great job! You captured the squirrel in his moment of peril nicely, too. I LOL'd at the antics. The squirrels are always fun to watch even if they do steal the bird's food. I really haven't seen many in our backyard this year which I'm sure is due to all the kittens running around.

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  29. Those squirrels are something else. I'm feeding the birds and so far I've only seen ONE squirrel and the birds chase him away. The squirrels are little things up here. Not the big gray ones I'm used to.

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  30. This is adorable. I could practically HEAR that squirrel in my head, haha.

    Feed birds, chase squirrels away. I am a bird fan, but rodents of any kind notsumuch.

    Hugs. Stay warm.

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  31. Love your squirrel story and the photo of him hanging on by a claw. Made me smile! I can't believe how creative they can be at getting what they want. I do feed the birds and haven't seen many squirrels this winter.

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  32. lol! What GOOD pictures you got! No, no squirrel feeding over here....lots of hummingbird feeding though!

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  33. Great photos of that squirrel!

    We are not feeding birds or squirrels this year - just horses, chickens, a dog and 5 kids, an Fiancé, an almost daughter in law, a granddaughter, an Uncle Denny and Tim and I. Then there are days we have company for dinner! ha!

    Deanna

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  34. LOL- I feed both, Vee, because we only have two or three squirrels here. I do love to see them with all their acrobatics trying to get into the feeders though. Pure entertainment-xo Diana

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  35. So cute, Vee, I do love squirrels, even though they are pesky little varmints. xo

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  36. That is a fabulous piece of photo journalism! I love it!

    We do not feed the squirrels. As a matter of fact, we could count on one hand the number of squirrels that we've seen in our yard in over thirty years. Although we do have a number of trees in our yard, we are surrounded by farm fields on three sides, which apparently deters the little guys. Too much open space to traverse. My parents, on the other hand, feed theirs well...on purpose. They put several ears of field corn out for them every single day.

    Thanks for the smiles this evening! :)

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  37. Never, ever do we feed squirrels...they are such destructive little fellas....everyone here wants to get rid of them.
    Great photos....:)

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  38. I can't feed any animals around here, Vee, or I'd have a line of them waiting for the next meal...lol! Thye seems to do quite well on their own. I did have a birdhouse in Brooklyn and often enjoyed the antics of squirrels trying to steral the birdseed--they can be quite entertaining! LOL!

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  39. We don't have them here, he is a cutie and works hard for his supper.
    Merle...................

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  40. We don't feed squirrels or birds, but plenty of people in the neighbourhood do. I find peanut shells everywhere in my garden and on the deck. That squirrel should enter a gymnastics competition. Such agility and flexibility!

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  41. That would be a big YES fro me! We got an new bird feeder for Christmas and although I knew the squirrels would feed on it too, I never realized HOW MANY...AT ONE TIME. In fact, I had thought about writing a post about them too! I have been taking pics.....they are EVERYWHERE! I love the little buggers but when I found a beautiful dead cardinal in the yard, I was thinking one of the squirrels had something to do with it :( Of course, I did not see this and I would rather assume it met it's demise some other way. Anyway, I feel your pain!

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  42. No we don't feed them. They find plenty to eat on their own in our yard (and vegetable and fruit trees etc).

    We have some birdfeeders on tall shepherd's hooks with we grease with vaseline (because they can climb those skinny hooks). We often watch them take a running leap and then slide down! Very entertaining! :)

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  43. Such funny captures! I especially like the ones with him holding on for dear life, LOL! We had to quit feeding the birds here, sadly, because of the raccoons. They can clean out a feeder overnight, and to make matters worse, they drag the feeders down into the woods.

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  44. Fun post, Vee! I purposely feed the squirrels - I have one of those little "chairs" that you place an ear of corn on.

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  45. Please send them to me. We love squirrels and encourage them, but we don't have enough trees. Maybe we could build a cage and feed them really well.

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  46. oh cool! I feed the birds, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons and black bear, all come to the birdfeeders!

    I love your site!
    Michael

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