Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Red squirrel

It didn’t take long for Mr. Squirrel to figure out how to flip the lid off the bird feeder, spilling seed onto the ground for easier eating!  We are not amused.  Yah, I know, they all have to eat, but if you’ve ever had one (or more) of these saucy creatures in your yard, you’ll know how destructive they can be.  It’s a real good thing he’s so cute!  And this little one was almost tame, allowing me to get within a couple feet of him before he scrambled up the nearest pine tree, where he sat and scolded me.

Poor critter has sore ears...

I won’t be too hard on him — both of his ears are bloodied, as if the top of his head might have been in an animal’s mouth.  A kitty lunch that got away, perhaps?

There are chickadees, gold finches, and one junco at the feeder, not to mention the acrobatic blue jays.  I had chickadees feeding out of my hand this morning — what adorable little creatures.

Anyway, that’s the latest from the Bird Seed Café on this extraordinarily beautiful day!


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

6 thoughts on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

  1. I didn’t see a red squirrel for years, and now, we see more of them at the feeder than grays or chipmunks. Your little guy does look to have a few problems, doesn’t he?

    The jays are the same here. They spend more time paroling the feeder than eating.

  2. Poor little guy. Get well soon, Mr. Squirrel! Yeah, they’re a royal pain in the butt when it comes to bird feeders. We have gray squirrels here. Those bird feeders at Lowes or Home Depot that have little doors that slide down and cover the feeder holes – the squirrel’s weight makes them slide down – have been wonderful for me. Then you get to watch them try to figure out how to get into the feeder. Tee hee!

  3. I may be one of the few gardeners who actually likes squirrels! We hand raised two babies we found several years ago–nursed them via dropper and puppy formula until they were large enough to release into our forest after several months. They were adorable–but definitely wild animals, although they thought my hubby was their mommy! Love the photos!

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