And right before “Rapture Day” on Saturday, too.
As we’re again living in a house where we don’t have impending and inherent doom to the squirrels, we’re thinking of starting up the squirrel experiments again. We’ve seen a healthy number of squirrels throughout our new neighborhood and a few peanuts we left out have vanished. This is promising, but first, we decided on a simple test. We got a birdfeeder and hung it outside one of Spooky’s preferred birdwatching windows. We figured that even if the squirrels don’t show up to feast, the little flitting creatures Spooky loves so much will be worth the effort.
Almost immediately we had some results.
This little squirrel managed to land right on top of the bird feeder with a jump from the branch.
And proceeded to eat its fill. All the other squirrels after this weren’t able to land so neatly as this one did – they stretched out towards the feeder with their front paws while they kept their back paws clinging to the branch. Slick says we’re giving them a good ab workout. Squirrel six packs.
Both pictures were taken through a window screen, so don’t worry if you saw some gray fuzziness there. It’s not a tumor.
We have determined we have plenty of squirrels in the local population that are willing to do a spot of work to get to food. This is truly promising.
As an experiment two-for, the pretty, small songbirds we’d hoped for did come by and pick out all the birdseed spilled onto the ground. Spooky likes watching them, but they don’t seem to excite her. Slick thinks we should move the feeder closer to the window so she has a more exciting view of the winged temptations, but I’m of the mind that the squirrels will clear out the feeder then pop in through the screen to ask for seconds. We’ll see how it goes.