hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Feeding the Squirrels

update below.  Yesterday, I put about a cup of sunflower seeds on the porch for the benefit of the birds and whomever.  Who first showed up was a tiny Douglas Squirrel who simply spent the entire day racing back and forth across the porch, moving the sunflower seeds, one at a time, into a bucket of sawdust that also happened to be sitting on the porch.  By the end of the day, he had moved them all (with a few held out for nourishment).  And this morning, with a new cupful of seeds produced by me, he is back to hiding these on the porch underneath a table in a small bag.

I am not sure I have ever seen such continuous industry.  We can't even get a photo of him because he is moving so fast.  And oblivious to our presence.  However, Zoe the cat spends all day long watching him through the french doors that lead to the porch.  Her tail twitching and twitching.  By the end of the day, she is about as tired as the squirrel is, I'm guessing.  Fortunately, she has us and doesn't have to worry about a future supply of food.  Sort of true of the squirrel, too, but he doesn't know it.

update: he got the sawdust bucket filled up with seeds and, the next morning, moved on to filling one of ed's shoes with the next batch of seeds.  He's indefatigable, and it must be especially stressful when you're a 6-12 ounce squirrel being supervised by a 14 pound cat....

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