Friday squirrel feeding

My squirrels are all depressed today: they’re worried about whether Donald Trump might grab their nuts. Fortunately, Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) is around to assure them of a full larder during the hard winter. Here’s a timid and hyperactive squirrel snatching a pecan from my hand. (The pecans were a generous gift from reader Barn Owl.)

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15 Comments

  1. busterggi
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Its good to see one nut not in office.

  2. barn owl
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I was just thinking that I needed some squirrel photos today, and PCC(E) has provided!

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to look under the larger pecan trees along the entrance road for the ranch, and found very few pecans. The turf underneath the trees was torn up, and so I thought perhaps that humans had driven off-road vehicles there to collect pecans. However, the ranch caretakers told me that most of those pecans were eaten by feral hogs, and that the hogs tore up the ground underneath the trees quite a bit too. But never fear, there are a couple of pecan trees next to the caretakers’ house, and the feral hogs won’t come that close, so there are still pecans remaining that will likely be good for squirrels.

  3. Joseph Carrion
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s funny!

  4. Simon Hayward
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    He grabs pussies – so that should reduce the predator profile and the tree rats should feel safer. Cats on the other hand….

  5. Mark R.
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Pecans, the Cadillac of nuts.

  6. Simon Hayward
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Just occurred to me to wonder, so I’ll come back and ask: are squirrels a rabies vector? And if so how safe is hand feeding them.

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Not a rabies vector; I was bitten by one and the doc, though he cleansed the wound, said I didn’t need a shot. I work them up to hand feeding, so I know them and trust them by the time I’ll offer them a nut in my hand.

  7. Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I feed the squirrels a cob of corn to try to keep them away from my feeders but they always seem to get the better part of my suet. I haven’t figured out a good strategy based on where my feeders are located to keep them off.

    BTW they stripped the entire ear in a few hours.

    • eric
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t figured out a good strategy based on where my feeders are located to keep them off.

      Buy a cat? 🙂

      • Posted January 20, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        I have two. They spend a lot of time staring at the squirrels through the patio door but they aren’t allow out to play.

  8. Ken Pidcock
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    My squirrels are all depressed today: they’re worried about whether Donald Trump might grab their nuts.

    Thanks. I needed a smile at the end of today.

  9. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Awww! What a cute squirrel. Looks so delicate and sweet!

  10. David Becker
    Posted January 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Hola, Dr. C!

    Longtime reader, first-time commenter. In regard to your squirrel post, I wanted to mention that the other night I was out for a walk and I was astonished to see a flying squirrel! Unfortunately I am unable to provide photographic evidence; it was nighttime and the little critter had landed a good ten feet above me on a tree. Nor did it stick around long. I chattered at it for a bit, trying to detain it, and indeed it observed me for a few moments, apparently quite perplexed as to what manner of creature I might be, but then it scampered up the trunk, flung itself into the dark, and was gone. It was a brief encounter, but I must say it was quite magical. Although I know they don’t really fly but rather glide, this little thing was so nimble on the wing (um, flap?) and agile on the tree, it made “normal” squirrels look like hippos. I’d never seen one before, and wasn’t even aware there were any in Chicago. Have you ever seen one? If not, I hope one day you do.

    Thanks for all the lovely animal pics, and happy New Year!

    Thx,

    -Dave B.


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