I accidentally started writing before posting my pics, and haven't figured out if there is a way to cut and paste while writing a post, so be sure to scroll down to read about my feelings about squirrels, and find the link to Nancy's blog where you'll discover more blogs about wildlife in the garden. All of the pics on this post were taken today.
The first three photos are of the squirrel that is all one color in the back yard. They were taken through the window in the back door.
I walked to the front yard in the street, and when I saw the squirrel with the light colored tummy, I went and sat on the neighbor's porch, and used my zoom to get these pics. The squirrel looked at me, and decided I wasn't getting up to bug her, so she went ahead and ate off the corn in the feeder. Isn't that quite the look?
Nancy, at Gardening Gone Wild, has been hosting Garden Bloggers' Design Workshops on a variety of topics. Since I have only been blogging since October, and all of my iphotos were lost when switching computers a year or so ago, I haven't joined in on them. The current one is called, "Wildlife in the Garden." She has some great questions for garden bloggers to think about and answer. I have some posts that I've labeled, "Wildlife in the Corner Garden" in my sidebar, where you can click to see what I've already posted. The bottom posts there are more directly about wildlife. Here is a link to the first one, called, "Wildlife in the City", which you can click on if you don't want to scroll down the others I've put there. I also have butterflies and such posted in the sidebar.
I am still exploring how to live with the critters, and want to answer some of Nancy's questions and ask some of my own. After exporting a whole bunch of photos this afternoon, I decided to make this a several parter, and as you can see, I focussed on squirrels today.
When I first posted about squirrels, I was unhappy with a neighbor for feeding corn to them. I considered them enemies, because they dig up flowers in my pots and in the ground. They eat a few bites out of the tomatoes just as they have ripened, and then toss them around. When my neighbor friends and I strung popcorn one winter day, to feed the birds, I refused to put mine out, because I figured the squirrels would eat it.
Shortly after I told Larry I wondered if the squirrels would dig less if we fed them, he went ahead and started putting bread crumbs and such out for them. He also got a corn feeder in hopes they wouldn't eat so much food from the bird feeders. Time will tell about the digging. They've already dug out some of my onions, unless it was birds or a cat.
I think I asked this before, but if you want to add your experiences with squirrels or strategies for dealing with them, post a comment.