Summer is not quite here, but already the squirrels are stashing nuts! I have the 'squirrel shuffle' down: it is eat 2 and take one to the nest. People once were more like the squirrels in this regard. Summer coming meant get the vegetable garden going and prepare to can veggies and fruits all summer. Jar after jar of jellies, pickles, salsas, tomato sauce for the pantry. As this happened in my lifetime, I just remember lots of work in hot kitchens and gardens. I also remember the reward of the cold winters with a stocked pantry. Just like the old squirrel, I sit in my warm nest with plenty of nuts to munch. So tonight, we celebrate my squirrels in the photostudy and info from the G-Index section. Enjoy!
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From my Courtyard:
Red Dumplin is a Red Fox Squirrel (Having a bad tail day!)
They hold the seeds and nuts in the little hand like paws.
Temporal range: Late Eocene—Recent
|Various members of the family Sciuridae|
Fischer de Waldheim, 1817
|Subfamilies and tribes|
- Basal and incertae sedis Sciuridae (all fossil)
- Subfamily Cedromurinae (fossil)
- Subfamily Ratufinae – Oriental giant squirrels (1 genus, 4 species)
- Subfamily Sciurillinae – neotropical pygmy squirrel (monotypic)
- Subfamily Sciurinae
- Subfamily Callosciurinae – Asian ornate squirrels
- Subfamily Xerinae – terrestrial squirrels
- American red squirrel
- Eastern gray squirrel
- Fox squirrel
- Red squirrel
- Squirrel relationship with humans
- Tree squirrel
- Western gray squirrel
My fave new baby is a gray fox squirrel named Tiny Tim
I hope You enjoyed a look at my squirrels! Now, I like squirrels and I feed them. They are welcome here as it is their Home. I will tell You that some people do not like squirrels (or tree rats). Some of my best secret laughs are due to squirrels. I have seen and known some old men who happen to hate squirrels. Especially squirrels that steal "their" birdseed from the bird feeders. I have seen some pretty strange attempts to outfox the fox squirrels with all kind of contraptions to keep the squirrels off the bird feeders. (No, vaseline on the pole does not work). Dad used to announce that he was not spending his hard earned money on pecans for the squirrels! So every year Mom and I went out and bought pecans and put them in paper bags and say a 'friend' with a pecan tree let us come pick some up. We would fill up the box in the pantry and feed the squirrels all winter with the 'free' pecans and no problems. My Mom loved her birds and squirrels and she was going to feed them. That is just how it was no matter what anyone thought. I have to say that in the end after Dad's stroke, he gave up trying to control the squirrels. I made a feeding station outside his bedroom window so he could see all the life outside. It was a great day when he wanted to get in his scooter and go outside to give a little squirrel a peanut. The power of loving the creatures of Nature is very strong. You never know what encounter is going to wake you up to the big picture of Nature, but in your lifetime something will touch your heart and fix you.
So if you know some of these control freaks, you know the ones: (You must obey me, Do as I say, When I say jump, you say how high-Dads fave- and on and on down to: that squirrel will not eat one more seed from the birds, I'll see to that!); just remember they will get old and not be able to control anything or anyone! Of course, You know I was always cheering for the squirrels when they overcame the barricades set by man! HAHA-
First one to the table this morning!
....this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! Learn from the the squirrels and squirrel away your nuts! Love Ya!