Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The two black scamps

There was a black squirrel, on a previous post, that I was unable to get a shot of. 

He came back and reminds me of a scamp I called Butter Ball.  He’s a fat one and not shy.

A couple of shots of him with a shelled hazel in his mouth.  He had a itch.  In the last photo you can see the female scamp on a pine branch.







She came to the balcony and BB ran to the corner to get out of her way.




BB sat on the balcony while the female crossed the rail for a nut.









Nice to see some old visitors.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

He’s been here before

This lad is mostly black with some gray remaining in his winter coat.  The unique thing are the red legs. Not the first scamp I called Red Legs, but one I haven’t seen in quite some time.

He wasn’t shy.  He took a shelled hazel to the top of the feeder and ate it while I took a few shots.

What brought him around.  The eats are free and plentiful, but I think it has something to do with mating season.  The males tend to roam looking for females. A little early for summer mating season, but it doesn’t hurt to get a head start.

Whatever, glad to see him.






Eating on top of the feeder

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daredevil pt. 2

When he couldn’t get in the net he moved to the next one.  When he fell off that, I knew I had to do something.

I opened the door.  He looked at me then back at the net and continued trying to chew a hole in the bottom.  He wasn’t going to let me distract him.

I picked up the camera and took a few shots and a short video.  He eventually took a hazel from the feeder and went into the pine.

I know what the problem is.  When the nuts run low in the net it's hard for him to hang on to the rail and get his head in.  In his efforts he twists the net around until the opening is no longer visible.




















Attacking the net

I emptied the net into the planter and will do the same to the other one.  I have newer nets that I’ll fill and hang up.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Daredevil

We were all young at one time.  Most of us had a bit of daredevil in us.  We rode bikes as fast as we could pedal. Climbed trees we had no business being on or in.  Jumping into the deep end of the pool when we could barely dog paddle. You know what I’m talking about.

This young red squirrel puts us all to shame.  He was having a hell of a time with the nets and I was getting worried.  The opening is in front and he's working on making a new hole in back.  Looks like he's using his tail to hold on.

I watched him slip a couple of time and was sure he was going to fall off the balcony.  Fortunately he didn’t.  He is determined, I’ll say that much for him.














Tomorrow I’ll continue the story.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Late appearance

The young lad came by after 6 in the afternoon.  He sure has an appetite.

A few shots and a couple of short videos.

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In the feeder

On the rail

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the Son the Father the Mother

It was a four squirrel day.  I say that although I was unable to get a photo of the fourth squirrel.  It was a black scamp that tried to come to the balcony numerous times when the Female black squirrel was eating shelled hazels.  She chased him off each time.

The young red lad did make it to the balcony while his mother was eating, but she chased him away also.

The Son
 
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The Father
 
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The Mother
 
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Late afternoon

She came by in the late afternoon for a walnut.