Category Archives: squirrels

Squirrel update

What with the warm weather and the 35-pound bag of sunflower seeds I bought, along with weekly purchases of peanuts, I’m attracting a lot of squirrels to my windowsill. I leave the window propped open when I sweep the sunflower-seed husks off their ledge and replenish their water dish, and when I do that they […]

End of Saturday Squirrel

I’m busy at the INR meeting, and am putting the finishing touches on my talk for tomorrow. In the meantime, what a privilege it is to be the hiding place for a squirrel’s food (tw**t sent by Matthew Cobb, of course): I must hide this cheeto for later consumption😁 pic.twitter.com/PldNEpYPvq — Gaml .y (@m_yosry2012) June […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Time to send in your wildlife photos. I’ve a decent backlog, but can always use more. Today we’ll have urban wildlife: a series sent in by reader Darrell Ernst. His notes are indented. Our cat, Coco Chanel, likes to go outside though she doesn’t go very far. Usually not out of sight of the door let […]

Winners: WaPo 2017 Squirrel Week photo contest winners

Here are three winners of the 2017 Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest, held annually by reporter John Kelly. First, the winner:   The winner this year is Kristy Casto of Ashburn, Va., twice a runner-up in earlier contests. She titled her photo of a juvenile squirrel looking up at its mother “Just One Bite.” Kristy […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, April 28, 2017, and it’s National Blueberry Pie day. The best specimen of that genre I ever had was a lowbush (wild) blueberry pie from Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, Maine: a mixture of cooked and uncooked berries in an open-top crust, piled high with real whipped cream.  If you’re in Maine and it’s blueberry […]

Squirrel loves tiny ice cream cones

There’s not much I can add to this except that it’s a squirrel named Putter who, living above an ice cream shop (Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf in Holden Beach. North Carolina), gets two tiny cones a day. She also has a penchant for golf, ergo her name. Whether such consumption is good for the […]

A bad squirrel; and Gus lagniappe

Reader Chris sent us this amusing anecdote of domestic food thieving. The dominant squirrel got impatient and gnawed his way into the feeder: So I got out the tinsnips and an old tin can: I see I’m not much of a tinsmith as yet, but I guess I am an example of an animal learning […]

Fat squirrel

The title above is the header of an email sent to me by reader Christopher Moss, who enclosed a photo and a comment. (The same squirrel, by the way, won the Squirrel Appreciation Contest a while back.) I am creating a monster, one who complains noisily when I get up in the morning and fail to […]

Nesting time!

My squirrels have waxed plump and fluffy over the winter on their diet of seeds, nuts, and pecans. Now it’s clearly time for them to build their nests before the breeding season. This one was attracted to my breakfast buffet, but dropped the leaves (temporarily) on the windowsill to have a peanut or two:

Intrepid squirrel drives away burglar, gets rewarded with Whoppers

From WXPI in Idaho, we hear of a Hero Squirrel named Joey who drove a burglar, apparently attacking and biting the intruder. Adam Pearl, Joey’s owner, came home and found scratches on his gun case, with a few items missing. Apparently the police found the intruder, who confessed to the crime after the cops noticed he bore […]