Saturday squirrels

I haven’t neglected my squirrels, who get sunflower seeds, peanuts, and fresh water at least twice a day. Sometimes in the morning, when I haven’t yet fed them, they tap or bang on my office window to remind me that they’re hungry (they’re fed next door, in the lab). I’ll hear a banging or scratching, and this is what I see:

When I leave the window open while changing the water, they often come into the lab (one poked its head in my office the other day, looking for noms). I’ll shoo them outside and make sure they have a big pile of food.  If I leave the window open for a while, they’re perfectly capable of finding my bag of peanuts, gnawing it open, and making off with a pound or two. Yes, they’ve done that.




  1. dabertini
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Too cute!!

  2. Taskin
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Great pics!

  3. Hempenstein
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Re. yr critters clamoring for food:

    Currently reading ‘To The South Seas’, first chief of the US Forest Service (under TR) and then Pennsylvania Gov Gifford Pinthot’s account of his seafaring excursion (via Panama Canal) to the Galapagos in 1929, in-between two terms as Gov. Subsequent to getting hold of the book I found to great astonishment that it recently came out as an audiobook, and there’s a preview on YT that gives an idea of the charming prose.

    I just passed the part where he describes the Galapagos turtles in transit to zoos the US, where they clamor for food in the morning, along with what they liked to eat.

  4. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink


  5. David Duncan
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    “…who get sunflower seeds, peanuts, and fresh water at least twice a day.”

    Isn’t there enough water lying around for them, for instance, the duck pond?

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted March 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Are you one of those people who has to find a way to criticize everything? If I were Jerry I’d be blocking you for meanspiritedness.

      (Yes, I know it’s not a word. It is now. It needed creating for such situations.)

      • David Duncan
        Posted March 25, 2018 at 2:48 am | Permalink

        Why do they need water when it’s so readily available?

        Note that I haven’t said anything about Jerry feeding the ducks.

        You think I should be blocked? Seriously? Some people sure are narks.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted March 25, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

          Well you have now. It’s reminiscent of Trump saying he won’t mention Kim Jong-un is fat.

          And how is it narking? Narking would be drawing attention to your comment in a private email to Jerry. I’m just expressing my opinion in a public forum, like you were.

          • David Duncan
            Posted March 25, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

            “Well you have now.”

            What *are you talking about?

            Where did I say Jerry shouldn’t give water to them? I simply asked why.

            Do you know the meaning of the word “nark”? I was using it in much the same sense that Jerry uses the word “Pecksniff”.

            • Heather Hastie
              Posted March 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

              “Well you have now” was in reference to you saying you hadn’t mentioned the ducks.

              And yes I do know the meaning of the word nark.

              And if anyone is being a pecksniff it’s you with your comments on Jerry feeding the squirrels, which is what my original comment was referring to.

              • David Duncan
                Posted March 26, 2018 at 3:33 am | Permalink

                Heather, can you actually read?

                I asked about water, not feeding.

                Note that I *asked* why it was done, I did say it should not be done.

                You want to censor people for asking questions?

              • Heather Hastie
                Posted March 26, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

                You’re changing the mood of your comment. You were not just asking a question. At least, that’s not how it sounded to me. And it’s not about censorship either. It’s about being rude to our host – that’s what annoyed me.

                Your infraction was a minor one, but I notice there are a lot of people who make personal comments about what he should eat, what sort of cats he should like, telling him not to feed the ducks or squirrels, and all sorts of other things. I’m constantly wondering who the hell they all think they are to be passing judgement? (I’m assuming most aren’t personal friends because if they were they’d at least discuss the issue privately.) From my pov, I see yet another straw on the proverbial camel’s back.

  6. Posted March 25, 2018 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Yet another instalment of Writer’s Wildlife Photos!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    When given the chance and circumstance, all living things tend to get fat when food is easily acquired. Noms are irresistible across the spectrum.

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