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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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A few shots from the front yard, of one of the many, many, fat and hungry squirrels in our neighborhood. These guys can be real pests, and I have no great love for them. But at least this one is earning his food honestly, like a squirrel should, by keeping his nose to the ground. It’s when squirrels become innovative around humankind’s various interventions (garbage cans, bird feeders, cookout supplies, etc.) that the trouble begins. Ah, we do bring out the worst in nature sometimes.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 7:59 pm      

  1. Jim, First: Great pix of the squirrel.

    Second: Yes, squirrels can be pests, but there is something I like about them. Just this year, outside my back door, I saw a squirrel eating something put out for the birds. The squirrel would take a few bites and then hide the rest in the grass. Who knew that squirrels hid things in the grass? Well, probably everybody but me did; but I was somehow astonished to see the squirrel (who did not see me) hiding his little pieces of food here and there in the grass.

    I wonder if it remembered where it had hidden that food and came back to get it; or did some other animal (or insect) find it and eat it. Perhaps the squirrel was hiding a tiny piece of food for another animal. (When the guys who mow the lawn came, were all the pieces destroyed? Or did they just go deeper into the grass to be there for the squirrel or another animal?)

    Lstly, I notice your squirrel seems to have a bushy tail. I’ve always been told bushy tails on a squirrel mean a cold winter–and the bushier the tail, the colder the winter. A bushy tail on a squirrel just when summer is beginning protends what? An early autumn and a cold one? Then again, perhaps the tail only looks bushy in these pictures and is really not as bushy as it seems.

    Anyway, this squirrel may be a pest; but it looks friendly and perky and frisky and very much alive. Have you ever seen a squirrel moving slowly? I haven’t. They are somehow full of life.

    So, in the end I’m not sure: Is a squirrel a pest or is it a creature that is full of life, energy, and vibrancy? I don’t really know, and I not sure I care. I prefer to look at the “full of life-ness” of the squirrel and enjoy them. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — June 20, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  2. Jim, Now that I look at these 2 pictures more carefully, it looks as if the squirrel found a hidden treat and is eating it. So maybe they DO remember where they left what they hide.

    And then too: The pink ane yellow flowers are lovely. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — June 21, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

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