Literally. Some days are squirrely. Yesterday was that kind of day for me. Taking a break from my chores to have a cup of tea, I sat in my chair by my window, and what did I see?
Yep. Squirrel. Feasting on the birdseed cake I’d put out for – not squirrels – the birds. The Chickadees, the Finches, possibly the Black-Headed Grosbeak. Disclaimer: these pictures were taken through the window, and the sunny day was creating problems with reflections. I did think about closing the blinds on the other windows, but wanted to get photos before the squirrel ran off.
Digging in now, getting more. I was enchanted, but I was also a wee bit apprehensive – was this squirrel going to devour the whole seedcake, and would any be left for the birds?
Then she turned and I got a glimpse of her belly – which is hard for you to see, I know, but it indicated this definitely is a she and it looked like she is a nursing mama.
Awwww. I could not chase away a nursing mama, particularly since I knew the tray feeders were empty. That was on my list to take care of, but I had not gotten to that part of the list yet. What to do? Let her eat. Let her take nourishment so she could supply nourishment for her young.
They are interesting creatures, these squirrels. Fun to watch sometimes, annoying sometimes – particularly when they learn how to overcome obstacles feeders sometime present in their relentless goal to get food. Particularly when learning to overcome that obstacle results in the destruction of a feeder. Lesson learned – more than once – do not use feeders with plastic lids. Squirrels have superpowers when it comes to chewing through plastic.
Ahhh, appetite sated now.
Momentarily sated, apparently. She is back up and at it.
Another angle, an attempt to avoid the reflections.
In my life, animals usually win. In my life, those big eyes, those furry bodies, lure me in. And it’s not just furry type animals, it is also the feathered creatures that visit my yard that delight me, captivate me, control me.
Oh! I must go make some more hummingbird nectar, lest the hummers and orioles perish from lack of nourishment!