Squirrely Games

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The squirrel fishes out the sunflower seeds from the suet feeder. Paws covered with suet, he gobbles down the seeds as fast as he can. Today, I decided to play mind games with him, so I went out on the deck and stood there watching him and shooting photos as he ran back up the chain and onto the roof. I was only eight feet away from the pole he used to climb up on the roof, but he still thought he would try to come down. I jumped at him and he went back up on the roof. He ran back and forth trying to figure another way down. The open roof is a dangerous place for squirrels. Another squirrel lost got picked off by a hawk last week. You can see the results on the edge of the rain gutter in front of the squirrel. As soon as I went back in, he was right back on my suet feeder eating again! He has been coming all winter long!

Squirrel gobbles suet seeds
Risks his life for full stomach
Hawk watching the roof

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

32 thoughts on “Squirrely Games

  1. Cuteness overload! I met a squirrel last week too…and said spontaneously hello to her. Surprisingly she stopped, came back and looked at me without being shy for a while…!
    I suppose, it was a she…The squirrel was carrying a lot of nesting material in her mouth.

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      • Some time ago, I was visited by a pack of 3 squirrels in my bed room which is located in the first floor. The bed is next to a huge window. Directly in front of this (floor low) window there is a treetop, so that I feel like sleeping in a tree house if the window front is opened.
        One day, I woke up and found a coiled up sleeping squirrel on the top of my duvet. I ddin`t move firstly and fell immediately in love with this fluffy curl. Then, I heard that somebody is busy in my kitchen, where I had an open package of Müsli/cereals on the table. I carefully left my bed without disturbing the sleeping beauty and when I passed the bathroom on the way to the kitchen, another cute little one came suddenly out of the bathroom. The squirrel must have been house-trained! Great! We jointly enjoyed breakfast before they left voluntarily. I guess, the 3 friendly and totally relaxed squirrels have been siblings. I was relieved that I didn`t need to hunt them. …I never saw them again….unfortunately.

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      • I like sharing. I picked the hazelnuts and almonds out of my Müsli for them. The squirrels were so young and therefore surprisingly fearless in contrast to myself. I was a little bit concerned because one of them played with my PC cables….while his sibling was sitting in my wobbling potted palm next to the desk…there was some potential for trouble… 😉

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  2. I’ve got my suet cage on a hook underneath the carport, so there is no way squirrels can get to it. They are easily able to get to the bird feeder close enough to the side of the carport though. You sure snapped some good pics.

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  3. When I lived in the Redwoods of CA, a rogue bull squirrel ran into my house and wreaked havoc, including running up my sister’s back. At one point I got him out of the house, but then he ran back in and charged her again. Something about “rogue bull” doesn’t quite mesh with “squirrel.” Do you agree?

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