I don’t know about the world, but I can certainly use some laughs. So I’ve decided to start publishing quickies on occasion, things that I find humorous, and hope you will as well.
This fellow was impressive. Not only did he make a leap that Grey Squirrels find daunting, he had slipped through a hole that was designed to accommodate Chickadees. He did have one problem, however, and I found it hilarious. Ground squirrels are greedy fellows, right, and this one was no exception. He had filled his pouch with so many seeds that he couldn’t get out the narrow hole he had climbed in! And believe me, he tried— especially when I was getting up close and personal with my camera. Finally, he spit out his ill-gotten gains and escaped. I set my squirrel trap with lots of sunflower seeds. I knew he would be back, and given how smart he was, he would soon be gathering seeds in the feeder, spitting them over the edge, climbing out and retrieving them! I caught him and he had a lot to say to me. I can’t print them in my GP rated blog. He is now living down the road, over the bridge, on the other side of the river learning to eat dried black berries and grass seeds. He’s in good company. I have already resettled his great grandparents, grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins there. I wish him well.
37 thoughts on “The Squirrel… A Quickie”
So funny! Thanks for the laughs. Just what I needed today. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Sometimes a sense of humor is our most important asset… –Curt
How smart and cunning.
I thought so, too, Girard. 🙂 I really did wish him/her well at the new location! –Curt
Great idea to post short format content! I’d like to start doing that as well so that I can post more frequently. I’m sure the bandit squirrel is enjoying a nice family reunion on the other side of the river. 🙂 Kudos for relocating rather than the alternative.
Thanks Kelly. The bandit may still be waking up every morning with unkind thoughts about me. 🙂 I’ve tried to explain the alternatives to the squirrels but they just don’t seem to get it. Lately, a pair of coyotes have shown up. They approach the issue of exploding ground squirrel population form a different perspective! –Curt
Hilarious! Love it!
Thanks, Scottie. ! 🙂 –Curt
I laughed a lot at that post. Biting off more than it could fit through the wire…
Laughing, Alphie— a very apt description. You carried Dave’s comment about biting off more than you can chew to a new level. 🙂 –Curt
And he thought he found the mother lode!! Cute guy!
Boy, you hit that nail on the head, GP. He may have been the happiest squirrel in the world. He may have been a bit more cautious he he had contemplated what happened to his relatives. 🙂 –Curt
Every year baby squirrels in our garden try and find their way in to our identical feeder. Some succeed and it is hilarious watching them as we approach trying to make a quick exit. We out to try the squirrel trap, though the numbers round here are so high, I doubt we would get very far. We used to harvest our hazel nuts, but they haven’t been given a chance to ripen for many years now.
Removing squirrels is an unending task, Hilary! When one group is removed, others come in from the surrounding neighborhood. It’s the old bit about filling a void. And their reproduction rates would make a rabbit blush. Still, it gives me a bit of satisfaction. 🙂 I transport about 30 a year across the river. Lately, a pair of coyotes have come by to help. I’ve noticed that the population has dropped dramatically. –Curt
Ok, I give in now. Anyway, when I mentioned the human removal system to my husband, he said he rather liked the squirrels. He just hasn’t realised that the one or two are more ten or twelve these days.
And before you know it, 20-30. 🙂 The coyotes around here have been helping to reduce numbers. Nature is taking its course. –Curt
And I suppose the moral is … don’t bite off more than you can chew … hooray, knew that old list of proverbs would come in handy!
Or… Watch what you wish for. 🙂 And thanks, Dave! –Curt
Humor is always a good thing. Thanks for sharing. I can’t believe how many sunflower seeds he managed to gobble up.
Greed! Pure greed! 🙂
Please do post more quickies like this! Can only imagine half of what he said to you 😀
I don’t think you would want to know what he was saying, AC. 🙂 I was really, really glad he spoke another language. I’ll keep looking out for humorous photos. –Curt
Curt, this is hilarious! 😀 You can just sense his frustration but its his own greedy guts fault. I’m still chuckling…needed a laugh on this cold and grey November day. Great idea about these quickie posts…look forward to reading more!
I’ll be perusing my photo archives. 🙂 And yes, Annika, a bit of humor is very much in order around here! Thanks. –Curt
Haha that cracked me up! Love the resettling program you have going on. Trust me worth the effort. Last year a squirrel family moved into a vent in our house. No small task to extricate everyone!
Not sure the squirrels agree. 🙂 They’d probably be back here almost as fast as I’ve moved them except they would have to swim across the river. Ground squirrels don’t like that. (grin) A pair of coyotes have moved into the neighborhood. Their solution is much more Draconian than mine. 🙂 We have bats, which I like, but I would prefer they live outside. The skunk that thinks our place makes a fine residence was like your squirrels: very hard to persuade to move out! –Curt
Yikes! I think I will take the squirrels over the skunks!
Wise choice. 🙂
Chuckle. That was good for a laugh. Clearly you’ve been through this once or twice before.
Once the squirrels discover a source of food, which they do very quickly, they come back again and again. (Deer are the same way, Alison, often behaving like large rodents!) So we do what we can to deer proof around here, and exile the squirrels to their home across the river. 🙂 –Curt
I sometimes think that squirrels were only put here for our own amusement!
🙂 It certainly seems to be the case, Kayti. We are amused for hours by ours— except for when they get into our garden! –Curt
Makes me think about my kittens. They find themselves in unusual places, too.
Too funny!!! I’m wondering if instead of creative souls trying to build better mousetraps, they should be concentrating on better squirrel-proof feeders. They’d probably make more money from those of us who are more baffled than the squirrels.
Laughing, Rusha. Squirrels are completely dedicated to stealing bird feed. 🙂 –Curt