The Squirrel… A Quickie

Ground squirrel robbing bird feeder on Applegate River in Oregon.

This little fellow is a master at stealing sunflower seeds.

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.

There was no way he could get out of the cage with his bulging pouch!

There was no way he could get out of the cage with his bulging pouch! So he made the ultimate sacrifice, he spit out the seeds. 🙂

37 comments on “The Squirrel… A Quickie

  1. 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

    • 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

    • 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

  5. 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.

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