Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What The Heck?

See this little guy? I have loved watching him scamper around our place for several years. We only have a few squirrels around here, one brown and two grey. This little guy has been fun to watch. He digs little holes in our bark mulch and buries all kinds of seeds, nuts and who knows what else. Did you know that squirrels pee on the place they have buried something so that they will know where to come back? Well it probably didn't do him much good because of all the rain we get and I have watch birds dive down and retrieve whatever tidbit he buried after he turned his back.



Well I am thinking he is no longer my little friend. I put up with him stealing all the bird food because he really doesn't do any damage other than to our pocket book. But now. NOW!



This is a close up shot of one of our two Japanese Maples. Seems a little bare this time of year.


The farmer and I noticed something strange going on with it. It has a bald top.


This is the twin a few feet away....just a different color. This is how it should be right now. Full and beautiful. We did notice the squirrel in this bush a couple of times but didn't think too much about it until I saw him Saturday. He was going from limb to limb nibbling away eating all the tiny new growth. I have never seen this before, especially since there is plenty of other things available now.



Little evil devil. I swear I can almost see the remains of his munching on his little whiskers. Has anyone else experienced this?

17 comments:

Kristi said...

Ugh - squirrels. We have tons at our house! They dig up my flowers all the time!!! They actually get into my flower pots and pull up the petunias, geraniums - you name it! We feel they're just a large rat at this point!!!!

Maria said...

Your new blog is too cute.
I love squirrels, but they do cause trouble for a lot of people, we're pretty natural and woodsy here so don't have any problems. I've never seen them eat a tree like that, that would bother me.

Junebug said...

No, I haven't seen them do that but we only have a couple at our house. And all of our trees are huge. My brother lives in town and regularly shoots them in his trees. Male squirrels can be mean. We had raccoons last year to deal with, eating the cat's food. At first I was feeding a mama with six babies, then all babies and mama and daddy. I thought it was so cute to watch until the next year the babies got big and one bit my kitty. My husband shot it.

Karen K. said...

Well, I loved your post. I'm not too thrilled with the squirrel-killing comments though :( Anyway,yeah...I can see it too--his whiskers and nose are GREEN!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

We have beautiful big silver-grey squirrels around Boulderneigh. They steal the black-oil sunflower seeds, but we don't mind since they are as pretty as the birds. Never seen them eat anything else, but I don't think they are bold enough to come as near the front door as they'd have to to bother my Japanese maples. If one did, though, I'd get REAL hot!

Your new look is fresh and pretty, but your old one went so well with your logo!

Kristi said...

Sis - I forgot to tell you this. We have so many squirrels that they eat the sunflower seeds before the birds ever get a chance. We came up with a funny way of slowing them down. I spray Pam on the pole that the bird feed is on. The squirrels run half way up it and slide down like little firemen. It is very entertaining!

Tipper said...

I'm sorry about your tree-but that last picture is so cute and funny-he does look kinda mischeivious!

Deb said...

love the last photo...he sure looks guilty...

Oregontribal1 said...

My dad and I greased the bird feeder pole with actual Crisco shortening>>>>>and then spent the better part of the entire morning laughing and drooling at the antics of the grey squirrels when they couldn't climb up to the bird feeder to steal the seeds!! Then as if that didn't add insult to injury......we polished the dome on top of the feeder!!! There was NO WAY those squirrels were gonna get the thistle from the finchs' beaks!!!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sounds like he found the McDonald's of the territory. Seriously, when they are used to eating certain things and they find a new taste, it's like finding a fast food joint for them. Well, that's what we always say about the deer finding the garden.
Poor little fella, he's hungry, the birds keep stealing his stash.

DesertHen said...

What a cute little evil devil he is!! So hard to be mad at the critter when he is that cute. I guess he just likes the taste of the tree...maybe it won't last long and he will go back to stealing the birdseed.

Carolynn said...

That is weird. He's pretty darn cute though!

Maybe he's making the tree naked so birds won't nest in it and feel exposed and then he can bury his seeds and they won't steal them when he turns his back. Maybe.

Mental P Mama said...

They are so cute. And such little devils. Have not seen them eat trees like that, either.

Linda Reeder said...

Squirrels have a rule. If the humans want it, they'll eat it. They eat the blossoms off the cherry tree, and the flowers off of the Japanese maple. I haven't seen them eat the leaf buds yet. We don't grow corn or sunflowers anymore because they just climbed the stalks and ate the immature corn and sunflower buds.
We used to love them. Now they are fuzzy tailed RATS!

Country Girl said...

Hey, Vonda! I just told my husband the story of your evil squirrel. He's upset this morning because much of his beautiful lettuce crop has been eaten. And "they even spit some pieces out!" he told me, incredulous. Your poor tree. I think he doesn't feel so bad anymore. Lettuce is lettuce, but a tree! Well, that's a whole other ballgame.

CeeCee said...

Holy cow! I've never heard of such a thing, but I'm not a squirrel. It may call for birdnetting to save your little maple.

Carolina Trekker said...

I'm growing Zinnias in egg crates on the deck. Some are nibbled off. Now I know who. Rocky the squirrel climbs up in the kitchen window each morning to beg a pnut butter sandwich. I make four (small ones) he shares with friends. On the News a cemetery was missing flags it put out on Memorial Day for Veterans. They discovered a Squirrel nest in a treetop made up of twenty-some American flags! We had a squirrel steal pieces of our plastic gas grill cover to put in it's nest. Another day I saw one hopping from tree top to tree top with our neighbors blue plastic tarp. We liked to joke they were making raincoats for their babies. It is true they build a "Leaf Nest" for the summer. Could your friend be snacking and collecting nest material?