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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8761269

We came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1140510/#new


"Where did everybody go?"

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8761308

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!!

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8761311

This one shows a "would-be" ear of corn, but it's probably empty inside.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8761452

Thanks for the new thread!!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8781501

This guy loves to tease the cats

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8781503

Same squirrel...different cat

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8781662

That's hysterical, sunkissed! They're so incredibly smart.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8783333

that's just being mean! lol

Chipmunk in a shrub...

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 29, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8783483

Nanny, I bet if you were holding food instead of your camera it would've been right at your feet!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8783592

Just might have!! We see this little guy cross the road every morning on our walk and head into this area to gather food!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2011
8:58 AM

Post #8830423

Happy Birthday gardenpom!!!!


I Didn't have any good pics to upload so I found this cute "Birthday" Squirrrel on Flicker for you.

Here's the link: Enjoy!!!


http://www.flickr.com/photos/41995153@N08/5810219869/
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8831071

Big Mama eating a snack...

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

October 3, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8834870

Sweet picture. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, nutsaboutnature.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8840636

http://community.rv.net/_Mission-Impossibale/video/1185132/43507.html

This is a great squirrel video...they'll do anything for food.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8840719

Thanks for posting the video, sunkissed. . .I laughed all the way through. . .Love it!!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

October 8, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8841270

They are so funny. Love the pics.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8841849

I sent that email to my DH and he said, "You know I could build something like that for our squirrels, it would be a hoot". I gave him the LOOK, he dropped that thought right away. :-)

Squirrel and bunny together while I was out for my morning bike ride..

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 14, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #8967025

We need some squirrel pics. Here's one from yesterday.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #8967264

Yes we do!! Nice one GP! Mine here just aren't really hanging out much...Gus (dog) keeps them on the move!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 19, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #8974777

It's fun to see the squirrel and Bunny together, Sunkissed. They seem to get along well together.

GP it's great to see your squirrel pic, very nice. Is he still chewing on bones?

None here either Nanny. Sound like Gus is having a great deal of fun with yours. Has he had encounters with skunks and raccoons?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 19, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #8974805

LOL!! He has seen raccoons a few times...they tend to come after we are in for the night. Thankfully no skunk sightings as of yet. That is always my worst fear when he goes poking along when we walk!

From Today...

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 19, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #8974852

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #8975086

hey all and happy new year...got a squirrel drinking out of my bird bath...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #8975326

Not much snow here at all so far this winter. We only ended up with a dusting at my house. About 50 miles north they got around 3-4 inches. Very glad we do not have a foot!! lol

Nice one Sunkissed! Mine keep looking at the feeder which is frozen solid!

Same squirrel...turned around. Is she flipping me off????? lol

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #8976264

Too funny nanny...love the color of your squirrel...I see some further north in FL with that same coloring...the are all gray down here.




Squirrel silhouette...took this a few winters ago in my back yard

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 21, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #8976936

I love silhouette shots...I do that with birds sometimes. makes some interesting photos and sometimes you can "save" a bad one that way!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8990579

My goodness Nanny, that is a pudgy squirrel.

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 1, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #8991251

I think because of the mild weather they are eating very well and not having trouble finding enough to eat. They are all looking quite pudgy here... OR she was pregnant!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 2, 2012
4:06 AM

Post #8991706

I would love to send you some of my squirrels, just planted some seeds and they dug them up already...ugh!

This was taken last Sept...think it is laughing at me.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 2, 2012
4:08 AM

Post #8991707

There were two chasing each other in the oak tree...this was obviously the boy...ha ha

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2012
1:59 PM

Post #8992413

boy what a look he is giving you!! lol
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 6, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9032678

A thirsty, and exploring, Squirrel.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9043711

Super cute pics, everyone!

Here's a couple from when we still had snow (haven't had a whole lot of it this year, though).

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9050333

Cute!

No snow was very scarce this year here. I used my new snow shovel once and never even started the snow blower this year!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9060083

I'll be happy to send anyone who wants my squirrels to them. This past week I had my new Gerber daisies eaten, my orchid flower eaten...I'm so mad at them...they've never eaten my flowers before.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9060180

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9060197

Here's a link to the Liquid Fence website.

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.


http://www.liquidfence.com/deer-repellent.html
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 28, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9060857

A few recent squirrel shots.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9060872

Oh my gosh, gardenpom. . . Those pics are soooooo ADORABLE!!!

I love this new format that allows you to post multiple pics in one post.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 28, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9061160

Wonderful, GP
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #9171308

Just caught up with this thread. GP, those are fantastic squirrel shots.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 19, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9172040

Thank you both.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 23, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9176872

Gardenpom, love the shots, that is one happy squirrel, I love how they use their hind feet to hang upside down on bird feeders, they can be fun to watch. Thanks for sharing the photos.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 23, 2012
5:19 AM

Post #9176910

Thanks, sunkissed. There must be a shortage of photographic squirrels out there this summer.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 23, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9177325

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9178320

Very sweet! Thanks sunkissed!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9180708

Squirrel that watched us eat our lunch in DC last week! No cropping...they were right there waiting for a bite! lol

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9182710

It appears as though it has a "bite"--sure is scratching something. LOL Nice shot.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 26, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9182757

Nice catch Nanny! Talk about up close. :)
Sunkissed mine are just as bad. Just planted a flower box, and they are hiding seeds and peanuts among my plants.

This is the culprit.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #9183314

Why are yours cuter then the ones we have here? lol

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 29, 2012
7:10 AM

Post #9185944

I have paving stones and they like to bury in the sand between the stones. They dig so deep their whole head can't be seen. They cover it up nice and neatly though. :)

Burn that looks like young squirrel.

Nanny I'm sure they get fleas, just like any other outdoor animal, I see ours scratching all the time.


http://www.whyzz.com/how-do-squirrels-remember-where-theyve-buried-nuts

I always just figured they forgot where they buried their nuts and why they dug a hole for no reason.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 29, 2012
7:30 AM

Post #9185977

Peeking over the fence

Sitting on my wheel barrow planter, and yes they love but bury their nuts in the wheel barrow.

I could swear I already posted this gal from last November in my Drake Elm. She was balancing on a twig eating the seeds. The last photo you can see she is using only the hind feet to hold on.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9187305

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!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9187963

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.

Not a squirrel but close relative.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9188677

Ohhhh...all the pics are sooo cute!
Here's some more.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 8, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9197510

Cute, cute, cute. Nuts, that second photo looks like the squirrel is pushing the log. :) Nice close ups!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9200705

adorable!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9200758

Thanks sunkissed and nanny!
I have some more that I'll try to upload in the next couple of days. We still have quite a few squirrels hanging around, even with the incredible heat we've had.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 16, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9207042


While visiting Canada, I met this beauty...

The area was just full of black squirrels.

Debbie

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2012
8:27 AM

Post #9207072

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.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 16, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9207120


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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9207250

Adorable shot Debbie! That's so funny about the squirrels in your area, but I guess all you need is 2 to start a population.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 16, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9207257


I told my hubby we needed to bring a few back with us. He wasn't too thrilled with the idea. I just love the little critters.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 16, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9207925

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.

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DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 16, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #9207942


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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9208652

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9213437

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)

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 21, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9213481

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.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 21, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9213564


Several years ago, we had white squirrels. I believe there were two of them. Then they were gone. Easy pray for the hawks and such around here.

The strangest was about 7 years ago...a complete litter born with no tails. I know I posted pics of them on DG...just cant remember where!! I will have to look through the pictures.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 21, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9213573


I amazed myself. LOL I found the thread, and BOTH are on it...the baby tailess and the blonde tailed!

Tailess babies are May 8th...and I think the blonde is June 2nd...or the dates are reversed! I was in the sun too long! lol

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/720056/?hl=squirrels

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9214171

That was a great thread Debbie...I love your comment about visiting a beauty parlor...made me chuckle out loud. ☺

nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9214200

This message was edited Jul 22, 2012 9:28 AM
Oops, I accidently lost this message! See the next post, instead.

This message was edited Jul 22, 2012 9:30 AM
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9214211

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!!

Enjoy!

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 22, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9214212


Thank you! I will enjoy visiting those. My son in law calls them "tree rats" but I really do enjoy watching them, seeing the variations in color and the playful antics.

nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9214215

Debbie, I somehow got two separate posts saying basically the same thing. I tried to fix one and lost it by mistake...isn't technology fun!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9215326

Thanks, Nuts, I went and checked out the photos...the white squirrels are very pretty.

Deb, My brother calls them tree rats also. ☺

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 23, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9216457


Mine sure have disappeared around here, and I miss them! I have a huge bag of raw nuts and I might have to boil them for ME if they don't
show up soon.

These are ones I took visiting my brother in Florida end of April.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9216487

Debbie - very cute! That 2nd one is especially adorable.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 24, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9217471

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 31, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9225152

Peek- a- boo

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

July 31, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9225158


Oooooh, a baby! So sweet!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9225159

Oh what a cutie!! Love it!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #9227246

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
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9227280

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.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 2, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9227672

Nanny, if ever he comes back, I would love to see it. We don't get them here.

Sunkissed that's a cute little one!

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9228030

Cute photo, burn!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 4, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #9229888

Thanks, Nuts
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9238831

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.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=9237783

Also, here are a couple more Squirrel pics.

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 12, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9238842


About time they did some hard labor for all their free food! We have two sunflowers we are hoping will produce, there are several big blooms on them...but I don't know if they will open.

Such a cute face!

Debbie
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9238851

Thanks Debbie! Hmmm...I wonder if you can teach your squirrels to grow their own sunflowers...

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 12, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #9239193

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.
5. silhouette

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9239213

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.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 12, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9239234


I hope some kid didn't attempt to shoot that little thing with a beebee and its lodged. Looks about the size.
As you said, looks healthy otherwise.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #9247448

that's funny! I have left a peanut growing in a pot all year. I'll be anxious to see if anything comes of it. Otherwise, it has been a nice filler!

nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9247505

Oh, Marna, please let us know if you get a crop out of it! Then maybe we'll have to start a new thread called Squirrel Farmers!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9247644

Farmer squirrel...ha ha..no I didn't take this photo

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 20, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #9247657


That is too cute!
I haven't seen a squirrel in weeks. Not even up and down the road and that is odd.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9247730

Oh my gosh, sunkissed, that is way too funny (& cute, too)!! Now we even have a Mascot!

Debbie, last Summer some of the other members that frequent this thread had the same problem with no Squirrels. I bet yours will start showing up again before you know it.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 20, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9247766


My feeder is still full of peanuts, 2 weeks now, and very odd. The blue jays got the few I had tossed on the ground.

Maybe when fall and the weather start to turn they will start hoarding them again.

You know, I should send DH under my front porch...I bet I have peanuts growing! LOL
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 20, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9248384

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9248437

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!

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 25, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9253790


In the vicious circle of life...one of my babies didn't make it across the road Thursday. Of course he had to get hit right in front of our house.

And with that same circle of life...mama was in the front tree yesterday...in labor. The unmistakable sounds I have become used to and know as
a new nest of babies on the way. I can't wait!

Feeders are full, bird bath is full...and I will watch!

Debbie
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2012
8:27 AM

Post #9254213

Oh, Debbie, I am so sorry! It breaks my heart even though I'm 1000 miles away...poor little thing. Hope the new life helps to ease your pain.

If you get a chance, post some pics when the babies are out of the nest!

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

August 27, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9256279

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!!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 27, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9256307

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9256321

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). ^_^

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 27, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9256341

Yep I got peanuts growing in my flower box , thanks to my squirrels.

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 27, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9256415


Well I'll be...thats what I pulled out of my front flower garden!!! I thought they were weeds!

I haven't seen the mama squirrel yet...but the peanuts are missing! Good sign she is hungry!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2012
8:17 PM

Post #9256439

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.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

August 31, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9260825

Thanks y'all! They got me trained!

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!!!

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

August 31, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #9260855


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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2012
9:02 AM

Post #9261412

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.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 3, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9263387

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!

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #9263658

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.

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 3, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #9263690

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?

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 6, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9267179

Thanks all...

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9267187

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.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9269658

oh Burn, I'm so sorry, I have forgotten to post my peanut picture. Yes indeed you have one too.


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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 9, 2012
1:07 PM

Post #9269974

Wow what are you feeding it Mrs Ed, mine is small compare to yours. Is the small yellow bloom from the peanut plant? Maybe mine got sown a bit late. Let us know if you find peanuts.

My sister got me the peanut ring. I filled it up and put it out. It took only a day to have it emptied. I don't know if I'll keep filling it up, it's awkward to fill and can get quite expensive.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9270221

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9271926

Marna & burn, that is soooo cool that your peanut plants have gotten as large as they have!! I, also was wondering about that yellow bloom in the pic.

I really like those peanut rings, but like you, burn, I feel that they're too expensive to keep filled. We feed so many birds and critters that it's hard enough keeping up with all the food they eat.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

September 14, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9275459

The yellow flower is the flower of the peanut plant. I have pulled them up at various times and have had numerous peanuts on the roots.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 2, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9293412

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.

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DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

October 2, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9293520


Wow! Such beauties! Love them, I am not sure which is my favorite.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 5, 2012
8:34 PM

Post #9297103

Way cute!!! White squirrels!!!!

Still haven't seen my squirrel but neighbors say they've seen it around. Guess my dogs scared it away. Bunnies still show up even though the dogs have chased them out.

Peanuts rings...inventive!!! Here I am making it easy by just putting peanuts on a tray :o)

Guess they need to be amused or have to work at it ... Like a puzzle they become addicted too!

Am beat...spent the afternoon lopping low hanging branches on the oak and gathering acorns. Got three big tubs full!!! Going to take them to the ranch for the deer.
Canadensis7
Toronto area, ON
(Zone 5b)

October 14, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #9304850

Up here we have squirrels that like to show off their talents. Take a look at this photo!

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

October 14, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9304964


Acrobatic, look ma, no hands!!! We have lost several to the street in the last two weeks. My feeder is full of nuts...makes me sad.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9332924

The Great Peanut Crop of 2012!

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

November 14, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9332959


Wow! They did grow! Better save them, the price is up! haha

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 10, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9354405

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.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9354456

Awwwwwwwwww, sunkissed, Peanut is adorable. Love the one holding her foot up.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9396209

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!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh1HnMFolgw

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 26, 2013
9:40 AM

Post #9398117

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHT1nAX46dM

Haven't quite figured out the sex of my peanut.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

January 26, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9398122


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!

Debbie

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

March 23, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9459702

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!!!!

~ Cat

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

March 24, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9459878


I haven't seen a squirrel in months around here! The feeder hasn't been touched
since I filled it 3 months ago. An occasional blue jay steals the peanuts...but that's it.

Sure hope they come back soon!

Debbie

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9459881

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.

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DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

March 24, 2013
6:57 AM

Post #9459906


Great pictures! Oh little Peanuts will be such fun! And more trusting at early ages if she brings them around,.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

March 24, 2013
1:13 PM

Post #9460317

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.

~ Cat

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

March 24, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9460715

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.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2013
5:40 AM

Post #9460964

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.


June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 29, 2013
8:19 AM

Post #9465772

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.

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

March 29, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9466339

With such ingenuity maybe we should look into training squirrels to sniff out contraband. The lengths they go to for peanuts!
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 30, 2013
5:55 AM

Post #9466554

At the moment, it's just the one squirrel that has figured out the route. I'm waiting to see if any of the others will learn from watching him (or her).

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

March 30, 2013
7:09 AM

Post #9466617

That guy looks like "Turbo Squirrel". I think he works out!
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 30, 2013
9:51 AM

Post #9466742

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2013
5:07 AM

Post #9467368

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.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 31, 2013
6:46 AM

Post #9467472

I agree, sunkissed! I've left the feeder in place so I can watch the acrobat go through his moves.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

March 31, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9467499


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
as much.

Debbie

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2013
6:06 AM

Post #9468337

Debbie,

That's what i try to do too. I think it works out pretty well. And they are pretty cute so as long as they don't start chewing on the house, then I'm happy.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2013
6:28 AM

Post #9514220

Peanut knows I have nuts in my pockets. She is climbing up my hammock stand.

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

May 9, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9514769

She is so darn cute! Still nothing here. I miss them at my window begging for food.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

May 9, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9514890

I just saw this...so cute!

http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20698885,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+people%2Fheadlines+%28PEOPLE.com%3A+Top+Headlines%29

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2013
3:08 AM

Post #9515348

Awwww...so sweet.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2013
9:27 PM

Post #9533127

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).

3) Climbing down a tree

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

May 25, 2013
6:52 AM

Post #9533342

Love those pictures! Mama is definitely feeding a crew!

I filled up my feeder, fresh peanuts...and they are almost empty. Shells everywhere...but yet to see a squirrel!!!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2013
7:07 AM

Post #9533352

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2013
8:17 AM

Post #9533414

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9533478

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. ☺
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2013
9:49 AM

Post #9533491

BTW, sunkissed, "Peanuts" is absolutely adorable!!!!

Debbie, I just read the story you posted about the mama squirrel that rescued her baby...just warms my heart!!!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2013
10:28 AM

Post #9533527

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.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2013
7:16 AM

Post #9534400

That's really cute! ☺
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2013
12:43 PM

Post #9546148

Thanks, sunkissed!

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.

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

June 4, 2013
12:45 PM

Post #9546151


Oh my gosh, she looks like she needs knitting needles and a rocking chair!

Found out the blue jays have a nest above my porch...and are the ones taking the peanuts.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2013
3:23 PM

Post #9546332

Debbie, you're so right! She is huge.

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..

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

June 4, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9546375


There is a small family of them, about six houses north of me. I can see them up on the wires running from tree to tree, but they don't cross the street (thankfully)
and come here.

I used to have two of them that nested in the tree out front and next door. One would come "tap" at the window and let me know when the feeder was
empty.

I just went through my pictures...these were the last taken of visitors and it was June 2 of last year!

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9547139

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2013
7:14 PM

Post #9547924

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!
Cute pictures!
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!

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 5, 2013
8:36 PM

Post #9548005

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.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9548927

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.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2013
6:44 AM

Post #9553302

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.



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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9553444

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2013
9:38 AM

Post #9553546

I think it was at dusk I saw the bunny, was a tiny little thing.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
7:39 AM

Post #9562088

Well, I guess we have another Mama.

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DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

June 17, 2013
8:25 AM

Post #9562138

That picture is precious!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
8:43 AM

Post #9562161

Thanks Debbie! Any luck with your Squirrels, yet?

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

June 17, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9562191


No, no squirrels. I can see them down the road several houses. I am wondering if the over abundance of bluejays has scared them off.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9562392

I doubt if they're afraid of the Bluejays. We have lots of Bluejays, too, unless it's the competition for food. The Bluejays might be eating everything before the Squirrels ever see it.

I wonder if you put out something like Walnuts in the shell. I know Squirrels can open and eat them. I don't know if Bluejays can or not.

Some of the DG members have said they rarely see Squirrels in Summer, while other have said they don't see many in the Winter. Go figure?

This thread is getting very long. I'm thinking about starting Volume 18 if nobody minds. I took some pictures this morning so I might wait until I unload my camera.

DebbiesDaisy

DebbiesDaisy
Lyndonville, NY

June 17, 2013
1:12 PM

Post #9562445


I think that is a good idea, quite a few still have dial-up and can't access once we get over 100 or so.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9563587

This thread has gotten very, very long. DebbiesDaisy agreed, so I've decided to start a new thread...Volume 18.

Please join us...we'll anxiously await your arrival!

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