For 18 years, my family lived in a neighborhood where there were no squirrels. When we moved 11 years ago, I started out hating the squirrels in the neighborhood. They dug out plants in my pots, and took bites of my tomatoes. I wanted to do everything I could to discourage them from being in my yard, and was disgusted that a neighbor lady had a feeder for them. They would bring the corn she gave them to our yard and leave it around.
When we started feeding birds, the squirrels thought the food was for them. Larry tried putting out a corn feeder for them, and puts dried (whole wheat or mixed grain) bread in a spot birds or squirrels can get to. I have gone to feeding the birds safflower, but Larry still had some food he called, "premium" that he put in a feeder, and they still eat what bird food they can get. I have noticed they haven't dug as much this year, but think they ate some of my tomatoes. I have grown to tolerate them, and have gotten to enjoy taking photos of them.
We just put the bird feeders out today, so maybe next week, there will be some bird photos for Camera Critters, hosted by Misty Dawn. I did scare a dove near the spilled sunflower seeds today. I will apologize ahead of time to those tired of squirrel photos, but I wouldn't be surprised to see more of them next week.
This tree is in the front yard of the neighbors whose back yard I garden in. It gets full of blooms in the summer, and I'm thinking they are white. I had great fun a few days ago, taking photos of several squirrels eating the seed pods in the tree. I think I have 3 of them in these. I took a couple videos. My camera sure does have a great zoom! If you look closely, you'll see teeth in one of the photos.
See the teeth?
Not sure which 2:
Look how high it is!:
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