Thursday, November 11, 2010

You dirty rat

Squirrel, or rat, or both? These devils (or maybe, just this one very healthy territorial defender) have been emptying our varmint proof bird feeder as fast as we can fill it, almost. This model is designed to close the food hopper when weight is on the perch in the front. But I bet they never expected a critter to eat from the back, hanging by his tail, did they? Thieving gymnast.

Many times during the day I see this image through the kitchen window. Sometimes he is hanging by his tail while munching away, and sometimes he's grabbing another cheekful, but either way he's packing it in like there's no tomorrow. It also has become evident that this animal's less popular cousin has been dining here at night, and that's just not cool. Measures will be taken.

Thank goodness I didn't see this creature out there. Then I'd have really freaked.

3 comments:

mairedodd said...

it's a tough call - i love feeding wildlife... and as someone who has raised a baby squirrel that was found in the street, pics like that make me laugh...
but i understand - because then the birds lose out on their food...
truthfully - i don't know how to keep them out... they seem to defy all of the bird feeder technology...
i wonder what the meaning is of squirrel as a totem? :P

Patty said...

Mary Jane - I know what you mean. It's very hard to be selective like that with nature. We have a new feeder that I'm planning to hang way out on a limb, from a long wire so that fewer (zero would be good) varmints can get at it. I remember as a kid that my dad had a feeder in the back yard on a pole, and he would have regular battles with the squirrels. He would *grease* the pole and then take great delight in watching them attempt to climb it. Funny that now we're doing the same thing.

As for the totem, yes, it does look like the squirrel is totem worthy:

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/squirrel.htm

rosebud101 said...

How cute--I mean the critter!

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