Friday, November 6, 2009

A Squirrel and His Antics

I had to laugh at this little squirrel whose picture I took through my sunroom window. If you look closely just underneath him and to the right is a hanger that holds my bird feeder. I think he sat there contemplating how he could get to the seed. That thin strand of wire didn't seem to be the route he wanted to take.
I was on the phone with my Mom when out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a flying gray mass. I told my Mom to hold on a minute and grabbed my camera. Mr. Squirrel had climbed down the tree and was across from the feeder when he took the risk and jumped a good three feet toward the feeder. As you can see he was hanging on for dear life.
After swinging around a few times he was finally able to position himself around the feeder and grab a few bites before dropping to the ground below. He had managed to shake some seed out so he had a few nibbles on the ground before scurrying off to find whatever nuts are left in my yard that he hasn't already confiscated.
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30 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How cute. Those squirrels are so smart it's scary. You can just see this one thinking out the problem! I swear they can get into any bird feeder ever invented. At least that was our experience when we used to feed birds. Nothing stopped them. So we decided it was better to hang the feeders where they had to work a little bit for their treat and then just sit back and enjoy them.

Rick Kratzke said...

I have watched them try that on my feeders to. They really do get very determined and end up being quite hilarious.

diane said...

What a great series of photoes and while you were on the phone too. He is quite cute, even though a pest.

Robin said...

Squirrels crack me up. We don't have any here, it's a riot to watch my kids whenever we go to the States - their favorite animals at the zoo are the squirrels running around loose. They see them as these cute little wild animals, somehow left to run around loose among the people.

kaye said...

what a show! Big gray squirrels are not common in our area, but recently one took up residence in under our shed. We have no idea where he came from. We have been entertained watching him scurry around the yard.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great shots Carletta, you caught the whole process from planning to execution. Squirrels can put on a really fun show.

Mimi said...

Gosh, Carletta, these are amazing!
I often wonder, if we had to go to that much bother for our food, wouldn't there be a lot less obesity? Not that I'd want to go back to hunter-gatherer days, but "lessons to be learned" comes to mind.

Nessa said...

Squirrels are so much fun to watch.

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Melli said...

Yes! Mine do this ALL.THE.TIME. And they even climb the vinyl siding on my HOUSE to get to the ones hanging under my eaves! They are mighty SMART little critters! Very hard to out fox!

i beati said...

very cute you know I want to be in WVA today !! sandy

judi said...

Ditto what Melli said. We got a feeder that "discourages' squirrels, it also discouraged the birds!
I am thankful you got a couple of shots of the thief, clown, squirrel.
He is cute.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carletta: They are brave and can get into the neatest positions.

Jane said...

They are naughty creatures, beautiful images Carletta, thanks for sharing:)

Tricia said...

That's so funny - What a crazy squirrel!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Where there's the will, there's the way, right? Nifty photo series of this little squirrel figuring thing out ... makes for a fun photo story today ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

eileeninmd said...

Cute photos of the squirrels. They seem to be able to hang from their toes. Great acrobatics.

Rhea said...

Hilarious photos! I love watching sneaky squirrels.

Oskar said...

I like to chase the squirrels when they come into my yard. They're getting all chubby for winter!

George said...

I can laugh and enjoy your pictures since the squirrel is going after one of your feeders instead of one of ours. This a great photo sequence.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Those pesky squirrels!

Rose said...

Were you laughing??? I would have been giggling I know. They are so much fun to watch!

dias spot said...

lol! I had a good laugh on the second pic...that was hilarious....cute though....

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Ladynred said...

What a good story and very funny too! You made me laugh..lol

Calico Crazy said...

What a smarty! My grandfather eventually outsmarted the squirrels at our old house, but it was a long and involved process. When the battle was over I stuck another feeder out just for the squirrels, cause they are just too cute not to feed.

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Raven said...

Great shots! They are so amazingly resourceful. I remember my parent's continuing war to find a way to keep squirrels out of their bird feeders. The squirrels always won.

Pat said...

Squirrels are very smart. There was a show on either National Geographic or the Discovery channel that showed some squirrels figuring out how to get to bird seed that was staged in the middle of a yard. To get to it, the squirrel had to figure out how to climb trees, ropes, etc. After trial and error, the squirrel got to the birdfeeder! It was very interesting to watch.

This was a great capture from beginning to the end!

Janet, said...

Squirrels are so cute and humorous. I wish I could get some good pics of ours. Ours don't come around very often.

Twisted Fencepost said...

So funny! I love to watch them. We don't have many around my house. They are mostly at my MIL and FIL's house. They have the BIG pecan trees there.

Carolyn Ford said...

Squirrels are just so entertaining. With a few peanuts to keep them interested in performing, why would anyone want to go to a movie? Great captures Carletta!

Craver Vii said...

The story was nicely captured. Sometimes squirrels can be so much fun.