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Oops...I posted the wrong pic. Oh well, it wouldn't be the first time.
Here are a couple of pics I thought would be fun. Along with all the other food we put out, we also toss out whole corn for the squirrels, birds & other critters that like it.
Our Squirrels tend to eat some & "plant" some...all over the yard. I'm constantly pulling out little corn stalks...but there was one that both my husband & I thought would be fun to let grow for a bit to see how big it would get.
One of the Squirrels planted a kernel of corn in an unused nursery pot that had soil in it. It is now just under 5 ft. tall!! Next year we're going to try to teach them to plant in rows so they can cross-pollinate and actually grow some ears of corn.
How cool would that be if we could get them to grow their own food!!
Funny guy there, Nanny. He doesn't seem to be suffering much, from all the chasing he's had, lol. You don't have any snow covering on the ground!!! Is the snow falling now, suppose to amount to very much?
We have about a foot of snow cover here. And a bit coming tomorrow.
I have not had a squirrel in my backyard since last August. They are all around me, but do not come into the feeding area. I miss them and would love to know why they stopped visiting me. I really enjoyed taking some fun photos of their antics.
Sunkissed - So sorry to hear about your flowers. I know it's depressing when you put so much work in to have a beautiful yard.
Squirrels don't tend to eat flowers, but rabbits do so It's most likely hungry bunnies. Deer will also eat many types of flowers.
I spray my plants regularly with Liquid Fence. I've used it for years & It works wonders. My flowers wouldn't survive without it. We have deer, rabbits, squirrels and every other kind of critter.
Liquid fence comes in several ready-to-use sizes, plus a concentrated form. Last Summer I decided to try the concentrated bottle that you mix with water - a quart concentrate makes four gallons. It's been great. I'm less than halfway through it and it will probably last me till next year.
Apparently, they now have a new granular form, but the one I use is the Spray. I don't buy it from the website since it's readily available where I live. You'll usually find it in Nurseries, Home Centers, etc.. If you decide to try it, try the small spray bottle first to make sure it works for you. It's stinky when you first spray it on, but does go away after about a day.
On a camping trip at Ft. De Soto a couple years ago this squirrel and gull hung out at our campsite the whole four days were there. They stayed around each other constantly. The gull had a bad leg and limped, and we never saw it fly but a couple feet, so don't think it could fly either. I guess they were pals. Neither had any fear of us at all and in fact enjoyed us talking to them.
I've seen them fall out of trees with no ill effects. A couple years ago one guy missed a branch and fell out of our huge Ash tree (it's about 70'-80' tall). He was at least 30 ft. up (maybe more) when he fell,...landed on his feet...shook it off and then went back to eating like it was nothing!
Nanny they think they can win themselves into our heart by looking so small and cute. Hey sometimes it works lol. But they will try to charge me, to try to scare me away from the feeder, if I'm too close, and I mean close,where I could pet him if I try.
They are real acrobats, sunkissed. great balancing shot.
Beautiful little guy, Debbie!
We've only had one Black Squirrel in our Northern Illinois yard, but several years ago while traveling through Michigan's Upper Peninsula (very close to Canada) we went through a town with zillions of them. They were running around everywhere. It was amazing to us, but probably totally normal to the residents there.
That is the way this area of Canada was! I couldn't believe it.
Apparently our little town is "segregated". We only have gray in our area...two miles to the east are the black squirrels. AND my daughter who lives about 5 miles west, has gray and reds. I just can't get over how beautiful the coats are on these black ones, and they seem much more friendly.
Nutsaboutnature, loved your series of photos. lol at the comment about, it only take two to start a population. So true.
Debbie, very nice. Where in Canada did you visit? Was it in Ontario? My sister lives near Ottowa and she has those black squirrels, I was amazed by their black fur as well. I had not seen them, before I visited her, after she moved there.
Those red ones are not afraid at all, of people.This Summer I had 3 running around me on our deck. One has lost a leg, but it never stop him from jumping from limb to limb or getting to the feeders.
We went to Victoria Harbour, outside of Barrie, and yes in Ontario. It was very beautiful.
We had a litter of four babies out front, but they did some construction work nearby and I haven't seen them since. I thought the noise spooked them. My feeder has been full of nuts for over a week...nothing touched.
Burn, those squirrel pics are just sooo cute! I love every one of them.
Oh that poor little thing with one arm missing, but since squirrels have so much strength in their back legs, I guess they could adjust. I think it would be harder if a back leg were missing.
Debbie, it's possible Mom moved the babies somewhere she felt safer, but if they're nearby you may eventually see them when they come looking for more food.
Okay, I decided we needed some more activity on this thread so here are some more pics I've taken recently. I'd love to see some others, but I know many of you say your squirrels disappear in the Summer.
1) Striking its best "modest" pose
2) Peeking out from the branches
3) Checking to see if I brought some FOOD
4) Munching on a piece of corn.
5) This one actually seemed happy to see me (or the pitcher of food in my hand)
Debbie, I don't think I've ever seen a black squirrel. Isn't that interesting of the colors in your area. We do have fox squirrels in Florida that are larger than the gray and have a black face, but I've never been lucky to capture a photo of one. My brother said he saw a white squirrel once...now that I'd like to see.
Burn love your shots, too bad one lost a leg...guess that was one lucky squirrel to recover well from whatever ordeal took the leg.
Nuts, those last shots are so funny, the strike a pose is so good, and the last one does look as if laughing at you. ☺
I'll have to work on some photos, mine are active all year long.
Good job finding that thread, Debbie! Very enjoyable.
You might enjoy the thread just before this one (the link is at the top of this page). All the pics are incredibly adorable, but also check out June 16th for two pics of a Black Squirrel that visited our yard last year for part of the Spring. I only got a couple of pics from pretty far away as he was really shy.
Also, if you go to June 17th, Mrs_Ed posted a link about an entire town full of White Squirrels...totally Amazing!!
Very nice Debbie, and thank for the link, to the thread of your stubby tail squirrels. My brother got a pic of an all white albino grey squirrel. It was very pretty. I will try to borrow it and scan it to share. It might take a while though, he's got it at the camp.
Nuts, I like the expression of the sneaky squirrel behind the branches. And the one striking it's best pose.
We had a opossum a couple of weeks back in the yard. It never popped into my head to get the camera! I just was trying to get the dog in the house and away from the opossum and then get the opossum out of the yard! lol
We have opossums sometimes come by at night and nibble on corn on the ground or any fallen bird seed. They've never caused us any trouble. They just quietly eat and then leave. If we go outside when they're out there they'll go hide in nearby shrubs till we're gone. Sometimes in the Winter if there's snow on the ground, we'll see them during the day.
Big news...our squirrels have finally learned how to grow their own food!!
I actually posted the story about this yesterday in the "Critters Big and Small" forum, but this is really where it should be. Rather than explaning it all over again, here's the link to that post. Below are two pics of the ear of corn. I think any of you that are constantly pulling out plants the squirrels have started from sunflower seeds, corn and the like, will get a kick out of this.
Nuts I saw your corn on the other thread and commented on my squirrels growing their own tomatoes. They should work for food. LOL. Nice shots.
Burn how cute, actually a very nice photo catch with the interesting log.
1&2. This first squirrel found a nice mushroom to eat under my shed.
3. This poor baby has some kind of growth or sore on its neck. Seems to be fine otherwise.
4. Again posing in that tree for me.
I seem to have more squirrels than normal and they are acting crazy chasing each other, maybe it is getting close to mating season or something? I'm pretty sure that is the case by the look of the males, and yes you can really tell right now they are males...if you get my drift? I can hear them running on our rooftop in the mornings.
Very cute pics, sunkissed! I've never noticed my squirrels eating mushrooms, but they eat just about anything. As I mentioned in the "Critters" thread, I feel so bad for that little squirrel. I hope that growth is something that will heal.
LOL, that mascot should appear at the beginning of every squirrel thread we start, too funny. Good one sunkissed.
Show us your Squirrel's peanut plant handy work, Mrs Ed. I'd like to see, if it resemble the 3 identical plant I have growing in my flower box. I never thought. it might have been some of the Squirrel's hard work, growing there.
Peanuts growing under the porch? Don't they need sun??
If our squirrels would find better places to plant their food instead of in my garden beds or on the lawn I'd probably let more of it grow.
Anyways, apparently our squirrels are all a lot smarter than we've given them credit for. I wonder what else they could grow and eat. Hmmm...maybe a little raised bed would work...?
Adorable pics, burn! The 2nd shot looks like you scared the wits out of the poor little thing!
Love this squirrel thread! They are so cute!! Am so excited...I have a squirrel that has been frequenting my yard. I'd never seen a squirrel I my neighborhood but a few months back I saw one in my oak tree...then never saw it again :o(
Was working on the yard a couple of weeks ago and decided to nail my "wildlife habitat" sign (that I've had for years but never put out) on my back fence. Well of all the funny coincidences...a squirrel now shows up every day!!! A cottontail showed up on the same day too. I live in the middle of the city so am thrilled to have that bunny!!! Am thinking it's because of the small plastic pond I have in the yard...super hot out here and that's where I first saw them.
I bought rabbit food and all kinds of nuts and such for the squirrel :o) I think the squirrel is a female and she sits and goes through the food I put out on raised bird feeder platform. The bunny eats the pellets, corn and carrots I leave out under a tree. Hope they both continue to come for food and water!!!
Wow, the buffet sound irresistible, they'd be crazy not to come back for more. I'm pretty sure you will see them again, since you garden for wildlife. I agree, having water,is a must for attracting them. I enjoy watching the birds bathing and seeing other wildlife, to the small pond I have.
So sorry about your baby squirrel, Debbie. Hope the new litter compensate somewhat for your lost.
Uh Oh...you're in trouble now, TexasPuddyPrint!! Not only can your Squirrel and Bunny read (your "wildlife" sign), but they've already got you "trained". You're bringing them all the best foods and you even have a pond for them. Boy they've got you hooked...just like the rest of us!
Welcome to the "Funny Farm"...uh, make that "Squirrel Farm" (see above posts).
Congrats, burn...Your little "crumb snatchers" are growing their own food!! Oh, what a cutie!
Yeah, Debbie...Now I have to think twice everytime I'm about to pull a baby corn stalk or sunflower plant. That's great Mama's grabbing the peanuts. Got to keep up her strength to feed the little ones.
The squirrel is skittish...when I open the patio door she bolts. Had set out a sprinkler on low under the tangerine tree to give it a good soaking when the squirrel showed up and scurried up the bird feeder. She didn't find anything of interest then went and dug up a pecan she'd buried...and the good part is...she went over to the tree and stretched out on her tummy to enjoy the damp earth all the while nibbling on the pecan. She made such a cute picture...wish she wouldn't zip away each time I open the door! Temps are in the triple digits here so am glad she had a spot to cool off.
Hummingbirds are showing up too...got a dozen zipping around the hummie feeders now. Soon there'll be gobs and gobs. Gotta love it!!!
My hummers have left already. Very disappointing but our blooming trees (rose of Sharon) are done. SO they are traveling elsewhere. The ones over at my daughters are MEAN! I think they are part kama kazi jet fighter or something...they dive right at you!
I was going to say "WHERE" is that picture?? DH laughs because my front 3 windows are clean, so I can get a clear shot of the squirrels at the tree without going out. But I have nose prints on them half the time from kitties looking out.
TexasPuddyPrint, that's so cool about all the Hummers! You must be in an area a lot of them end up before heading across the Gulf of Mexico.
We have more Hummers right now than we've had all Summer, but no where near as many as you do. We do still have one or two males, but most are females and immatures. Our feeders are in constant use and we still have some blooms they like, but not for long. A couple of my Summer-Autumn hummer perennials never bloomed this year so I'll be planting some more late season blooms for next year.
You know, that Squirrel of yours is bound to find a mate and eventually you're going to have more mouths to feed...Oboy!!
Debbie, that's a funny image about the Kamikaze Hummers, but sooo true! Your kitties also want to see what's going on out there. It's a shame they don't know how to use your camera.
Yep those hummies are territorial. I've put out four feeders in the hopes they will quit fighting. The only times I've seen them get along is when there are gobs of them...seems they are too busy trying to feed than fight.
Finally got pics of the squirrel and rabbit - but had to photograph the rabbit from inside the house - and no, my patio glass doors aren't clean!!! LOL!!! Had to manipulate the photo exposure :o)
Here's the squirrel eating from the bird feeder (yeah, I screwed on two old satellite dishes onto a landscape timber stand to make it - if anyone remembers me from years ago - that same landscape timber stand used to hold 51 hummingbird flower ball stakes). Another photo from one of the hanging bird feeder trays. Really going to town on the sunflower seeds! I think it is a young female (and I say that because I haven't seen any nuts! LOL!!!
I just had to sneak in the bunny photos - this is from this morning...it was grooming itself and it heard the zoom lens tap against the patio glass and turned towards the sound...yep, I got busted! It still stuck around and even ate part of a banana I'd tossed out. I'd also put out some rabbit food - the kind with seeds corn, nuts and pellets - and also a fresh carrot - but it went for the banana instead. Go figure!
TexasPuddyPrint - Your Squirrel and Bunny pics are adorable! I love those "satellite dish" feeders (very creative) and those big bunny feet are really cute. Don't worry, my windows aren't clean, either.
That really is true about the hummers. When there are a lot of them it's too hard to fight everybody off so eventually they quit chasing each other and start sharing the feeders. At this time of year they get even more territorial because they're trying to make sure they have plenty of food when they get ready for their long journey. It's a shame they don't realize the feeders get filled over-and-over again so they won't run out.
Love your use of the old satellite dish TexasPuddyPrint. That squirrel is really stuffing itself lol. Great bunny shot too.Were you the one, that had wrap a hummingbird feeder to keep the sugar water from freezing?
Burn...no...we rarely get a freeze here...if anything...I make ice cubes out of the nectar and keep a ziplock baggie of them in the freezer to add to the feeders when the temperature hits the high 90's and 100's here. Hummies need a cool drink ya know!!!
Ah...and yesterday around 7pm I saw two rabbits in the yard. Seems my first little furry friend told a companion about the good food I lay out!!! LOL!!! Haven't seen the squirrel - do hope it didn't get run over or killed by a neighbor's cat or dog.
TPP - Yup, haven't you ever heard that term, "breed's like a rabbit"? You just wait...they're no dummies. They know a good thing when they see it! And if you now have a male and female, you may have to start buying bigger bags of food...
Don't worry about your little squirrel. It's probably just fine. Some of the other folks that frequent this thread have commented that they don't always see their squirrels during the Summer.
I love those peanut rings. Mine is not as large or "loose" as that one. But I like watching the birds trying to get at it. The nutchatches peck away at it.
That peanut plant has been there a pretty long time, as I think it was an early spring planting. Yes, that's a peanut bloom. it will be fun to see if I get any peanuts. I know they need a long time to come to maturation.
Hey all...I've been traveling around Florida all last month in our camper and while up in the panhandle of Florida we stopped for a few days in Sopchoppy, Florida on the Ochlockonee River...and there were white squirrels there! You know I just had to get photos of them for you all. They were obviously fed by humans, since they would come right up to us. I even fell asleep in my chair one day reading my book and awoke to a grey squirrel walking on me...never have I had a squirrel climb up on me.
The last photo the little guy actually jumped up on my bike while I was talking to it all sweet and cute.
This is peanut, she (I'm pretty sure a she) follows me all over my garden, a young squirrel I've always talked to in the garden since she was itty bitty. Now we are pals and I'll find peanut right by my side while I work in the garden. The last photo notice the holding up of the one foot. She always does that when I talk to her. So cute.
Oh My Gosh . . .It has been soooo long since I've been on DG for more than a few seconds!
There are so many incredible pics and comments that I'm going to have to go back and look at, although I did just quickly spot Marna's Peanut Crop and Sunkissed's adorable Squirrel buddy named "Peanut"!! But I have so much catching up to do.
Anyway, I was watching some of our Squirrels "Parade" up and down a couple of our trees to the Peanut Feeders my husband built when I noticed a new Squirrel nest ("Drey") in a tall evergreen tree. That sent me on an internet search to find pictures of the inside of a Squirrel Drey. Although I've seen many, I never get tired of looking at the intricate, cozy interiors. . .fascinating.
Anyway, I found this Beautiful video on YouTube from "BBC Earth". It shows a pregnant female adding finishing touches to her Drey, then shows the babies at different stages from infant till it's time to leave the nest.
Please take the time to watch the short video. It's so VERY, VERY CUTE!!
That is pretty neat...I found another one that is an amazing story, a squirrel that was adopted by a cat and purrs like a kitten. About a week ago my husband found a dead squirrel in our garden, no signs of any trauma to it. Really made my heart drop wondering if it was peanut. But thank goodness like clock work peanut was waiting in the garden for me the next morning. This is the second time in our twenty years of living here to find a dead squirrel in the garden. So sad.
Do not want to know how and where to look to find out your sex of the peanut! LOL
I have not seen a squirrel around here in months! I went from six to nothing! The blue jays have taken all their nuts.
I figured with the super cold (high of 12 all week) and the snow...they would be out foraging!
What? No new squirrel pics? Y'all must be snowed under???
I ended up nailing a wire basket to the trunk if my oak...about six feet off the ground. I had a ag of pecans so put a few pecans in it and they were gone when I got home fom work. Added more the next morning...same result. This went on for about a week before I ran out of pecans. I can't find any pecans in the stores now so resorted to peanuts. Guess this squirrel didn't like the switch. I put a whole apple and got to see the squirrel eating it when I drove up from work a few days ago! Okay, it's got me trained! I put out fruit, plain almonds - it loves those..no shells to gnaw through!
It also eats Cheetos, popcorn and crunch n munch! Sorry folks, I'd put those in a hanging tray for the birds and my neighbor told me he'd been watching the squirrel sitting in the hanging tray having a party while I was at work.
Am going to have to get a game camera set up since that squirrel prefers to forage for food while I earn my pay to buy it more food!!!!
Sorry this post gets lost, but here's more of peanut, she is still by my side most days. We can actually call her now and she comes like a dog. She has a boyfriend now and who knows maybe little peanuts our in our future.
Sun...your little Peanut is sooooo cute! I have enjoyed the photos you have posted. Was wondering what happened to her. So she's got a boyfriend. WooHoo!!! Sounds like you'll have a yard full of antics to watch soon enough. Keep her safe and hopefully you'll get to share family photos!!!
Unfortunately the squirrel that shows up in my yard darts off when I step outside or open the garage door if I'm home and get see it from the window. If I'm pulling into the driveway coming from work it scampers away as well. At least it knows where to come for food and water.
We have these little guys at the ranch. I think it is called Mexican Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus mexicanus). They stand up on their hind feet and make a trilling sound. They are cute but I no longer hold them in high regard as I saw one eating a baby bunny!!!
At first I thought it's a male and he's eating the female's pups because he wants her to go into heat. When I got closer I could make out a little bunny paw. It scampered into its burrow and I got up close and really saw it was a baby cotton tail. UGH!!! I figured they'd eat bugs and grubs but never thought they were carnivorous. I guess with the dratted drought we've been suffering for years it had to resort to another means of nourishment.
Interesting about the Mexican ground squirrel eating meat. I know ours don't eat meat, I sure wouldn't like that.
We have tons of squirrels living in our large oaks, but only Peanut comes up to us, the rest take off if we get close to them. Her boyfriend watches us give her nuts and he has come a bit closer to us, but we have to toss them to him. I don't know why Peanut decided to be so friendly,she will actually jump right up into my lap when I'm sitting outside now and sniff my pockets for nuts, it is a real hoot.
I've been keeping my bird tables well supplied, feeding the squirrels in the hope that if they aren't hungry they won't dig up my crocuses, but I also hang some bird feeders on the laundry line where the squirrels can't get to them - or so I thought. I looked out of the window recently to see an athletic grey squirrel climb the wall of the house, clamber onto the laundry line, grip the top and bottom wires each with one front foot and one rear foot, shuffle down the lines until he could jump down onto the suet cage, then leap onto the top of the first feeder, which contains peanuts. From the top, he could not reach the peanuts, and on the tray there was no room for him, so he went underneath and hung on with his rear claws, and ate each nut while hanging down head first.
I think you're right, DebbiesDaisy, he has been working out! A few weeks ago, he was using the upside-down technique on another feeder that I had hung from the verandah at the back of the house. That feeder was easy to get onto, though, as he could just jump up to it from the verandah railing.
June I really don't think there is anyway to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders...they really are pretty clever when it comes to finding a way to get the seed. My husband always thinks he has outwitted them, and yet they always end up on that bird feeder. ☺
I do have to admit though, they can put on quite an entertaining show trying to get to the feeders.
I gave up trying to keep them out long ago. I rescued a baby that had fallen down our chimney, and fell in love...decided they all need to
eat too and food is scarce for them also certain times of the year.
SO, if you can't beat'um ...feed'um! lol Since I now put some on the ground or the actual squirrel feeder...they don't mess with the bird ones
I haven't been around here for a while. Wow, you guys have posted so many great stories & pics! Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do!
We have Squirrels around all year. We feed everybody so they all come for the free buffet. We have birds, squirrels, deer, bunnies & sometimes opossum, raccoons and more. We even have a pair of Mallard ducks that have come every Spring for about 8 years now.
I have to sort through all my squirrel pics, but here's a few. I'll try to post some more in the coming days.
1) Mama Squirrel. Maybe we'll have some little ones soon.
2) The squirrels use our birdbaths as much as the birds do (to drink, not bathe). One of the birdbaths is heated in Winter so between the birds and squirrels it gets a lot of use (occasionally the deer even have a drink).
Nuts, it is nice that you have squirrels year round...I wasn't sure the cooler states did. Great shot of Mama there, I'd throw her a handful of peanuts.
I discovered we now have a bunny rabbit visiting our garden. I'm in a suburban neighborhood with houses all around me and starting to think my little 'Garden of Eden' is becoming all the critters 'Garden of Eden' also. I guess that is okay, except my ripening tomato was gone this morning and one on the ground, at least they left me one.
Debbie - By the looks of her in that pic she was probably a new mom. She reminded me of how cats & dogs look right after they give birth...kind of skinny with their tummies empty, yet still a little stretched out.
Those little guys can be sneaky, for sure. I'm sure they appreciate the peanuts you feed them, though. It is odd that you haven't seen the squirrels unless the woodpeckers are wiping out the peanuts?
sunkissed - Not only do we have them year 'round, but we have tons of them in the Winter. Word travels fast when you've got food out!
Believe me, that little Mama was standing there looking right at me cause she knew I had food.
Sounds like you might have to put some chicken wire or "hardware cloth" fencing around your veggies. I also spray all my plants that tend to get eaten with "Liquid Fence" and have for years with great success. Yes, it's safe for veggies, but you should start a couple weeks before the veggies are ready to pick so they don't smell like rotten eggs. Once the bunnies, or whoever it is gets trained, they'll leave your veggies alone.
I also recently read another idea. If you hang red Christmas ornaments before the tomatoes turn red, birds & bunnies get tired of trying to bite into the Christmas ornaments and leave the real ones alone. I've never tried it, though.
Well I'll be never heard the ornament theory before.
I do think I need to make a better place for my veggies in the fall, we are now heading into the heat and things take a break. I've been discussing it with the handyman of the house (the husband). He has some ideas up there in his head. ☺
These pics aren't the greatest quality, but I thought they'd be fun to post.
I left an old clay flower pot outside over Winter that I was going to clean out before Spring. I'd been tossing sunflower seeds on top of the snow for the birds and when the snow melted some remaining seeds fell inside the pot.
This little guy was popping up and down like a "Jack-in-the-box" as he'd go down to get seeds then come back up to eat them.
We have Squirrel babies all over the yard...sooo cute!! Probably from the Mom whose pic I posted a few posts back.
Here's a chubby little "MOM-TO-BE" who looks about to pop with her little ones any day. She's sitting on the roof of one of the peanut feeders my husband built last year. Even when the feeders are empty, they love to sit on top and watch the world go by.
Sorry...still no Squirrels at your place? Do you see them around your neighborhood at all?
I guess we all better keep posting pics. At least that way you can see some on DG until yours come around again..
Wow Momma is really looking ready to pop...bless her bitty heart.
Deb, sounds like your squirrels will be coming around soon, they must not have a nest in your tree. Crossing the street around here in number one reason they die. The Bluejays and the woodpeckers love the peanuts here too.
Peanut is something else, she will let me pet her head now, in fact she stretches it out for me to pet it. This is the cats watching her from inside their screened porch...they aren't allowed outside as our animal control will zap them up...thanks to neighbors that hate cats.
Peanut runs across the fence while I was photographing the flowers.
Those are cute pics, Debbie! I agree with sunkissed...maybe you'll have some show up soon.
sunkissed, I think she must have a whole basketball team in her tummy!
I think it's much better and safer to keep your kitties inside, anyway...safer for them and safer for the birds. BTW it sounds like Peanut has you very well trained. Too cute!
Lucky you! Wish the few squirrels I see in my neighborhood would stick around - they are all very skittish. They take off running if I open the door or when I drive into my driveway after work. They do frequent my yard every day...I put out a few pecans and some corn kernels for them each day. I've seen them raiding the basket I have nailed to a huge oak in my front yard...but they just don't stick around long. Have seen them at other yards down the subdivision so they must have a visiting routine!!! LOL!!!
Oh well, at least the wild cottontails let me get about five feet close...and only so I can toss out carrots, apples and whatnots!! Yes, I cut up an apple and a carrot a day for them. I don't even eat an apple a day but the bunnies do!!!
Keep posting squirrel pics for those of us who don't get to have them up close and personal.
Squirrels will wander around to find food. It's possible others in your neighborhood are feeding them as well. They're incredibly smart. They'll go looking for all the free buffets.
It sounds like your bunnies are really spoiled...and healthy!
Here's a few pics I came across from last Summer. It was near dusk and they're not the clearest, but still fun.
I remember my grandmother out working in her garden in PA with little cottontails all around her, she kept scraps in her apron pockets to toss out to them. I've only seen one bunny in my garden in all the 20 years we've lived here, and that was a couple weeks ago, I did put out some old carrots for it, they did disappear but I've not seen it since.
Nuts I like the one peeking through the trees...very cute.
sunkissed ~ Very cute pic and lovely flowers as well!
Most Bunnies tend to show up around dawn & dusk. It's a little safer for them since Hawks don't see well during the partial light at those times of day. They do sometimes wander around during daylight...just not as often.