Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "S" IS FOR SQUIRREL

Squirrels are members of the Sciuridae family of small to medium-sized rodents, including tree squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. They are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and have been introduced to Australia. They have excellent vision and strong claws for grasping and climbing.

This little critter likes the corn I put out for the deer.
 
Squirrels eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds, and other plants, as well as insects and caterpillars. Oh, yes, the above corn. And bird seed. The picture below.
 
How's this for standing on your head while eating?
 
A quick cute story. Before I started teaching, I substituted some. One day I was with this first-grade class in a second floor classroom. A huge pecan tree grew just outside the windows. The first thing the children told me that morning was they had to feed the squirrels. "Okay," I said. "Feed them."
 
Those little kids knew exactly what to do. They took some pecans from the teacher's desk, opened a window, and put the seed on the window ledge. It was a wide ledge and they didn't have to lean out the window, just stretch out an arm. They closed the window and we sat there and watched as this little squirrel scurried over to the ledge, snatched up a pecan and scampered up the tree to, I suppose, its hiding place.
 
What a fun way to start the day. We should all be as easily pleased as the young.
 




29 comments:

  1. We think we've thwarted the squirrels when it comes to getting into the bird feeder. There's a baffle on the pole that tips and we've added the dog's last 'cone of shame' and fastened it so they can't lift it to go higher. At least that's the plan. We'll see how well it works. We don't begrudge them the maple seeds and the fall out on the ground from the feeder, but we'd prefer the seed be left for the birds.

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    1. Ha ha. That should make the squirrels think twice before eating the bird seeds.

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  2. Lovely tale. Dropping in from the A to Z and a link on Diane Cot's blog FictionZeal.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rosie. Nice to meet you.

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  3. Squirrels are fun to watch. Now that I moved and have woods around me, I have a lot of squirrels in my backyard. :)

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    1. A woods around you sounds great, Chrys. I spend a lot of time just staring out the window watching the birds and other critters. I only have the one squirrel. Used to be two, but something happened to the other one.

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  4. What a sweet story and I was as pleased by it as the little ones - though I admit I was continually distracted by the cute pictures - SQUIRREL! *winks*

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    1. Ha ha. Thanks. I love taking pictures of the squirrels and other wildlife, Kai. They're so fascinating.

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  5. That was a cute story. What a clever teacher. I'll bet those kids were finding out whatever they could about squirrels -- a good science lesson right outside the window.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Yep, the teacher was teaching the kids about nature in real life instead of from books. The best way.

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  6. You've captured my heart today Beverly. where I've just moved from I used to feed Sybil and Cyril (2 squiirels) everyday. how I miss them, also the birds.
    Thanks for cheering me up.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Yvonne. I know you miss your little friends. Glad I could brighten your day.

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  7. We have quite a few squirrels out our way and I love to see them play, chasing each other around trees. :)
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    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. They are fun to watch, Diane. This one runs up and down the trees. I think sometimes it even gets on the roof.

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  8. We have quite a few squirrels out our way and I love to see them play, chasing each other around trees. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. They are fun to watch, Diane. This one runs up and down the trees. I think it goes on the roof sometimes.

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  9. Squirrels are always fun to watch. One taunts mom's dogs every day haha oh and thanks for the review too, just saw that. Slow I know lol

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    1. Ha ha. I can see a squirrel taunting the dogs.
      You're welcome. It is a lovely, fun story.

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  10. I love squirrels! And I love that cute story :)
    One time, I was at the park and a squirrel ran over to me and put its little paw in my hand. It was the best second ever.

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    1. Thanks, Leetah. What a sweet little squirrel. I've never had one get close to me. Sounds like fun.

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  11. I've always loved squirrels. Growing up we fed them instead of the birds.

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    1. I feed the birds and squirrels, Kelly, along with the deer and I guess anything else that shows up. :)

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  12. I love to watch them crossing the telephone lines. One year I saw one with a corncob in his mouth doing the high wire act. Very entertaining.

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    1. I bet that was funny, Lee. Careful now, don't lose your balance. They are entertaining.

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  13. Coming back today and reading all the comments here reminded me about the grey squirrel that used to climb up in my mum's lap for peanuts. It took a long time for it to become that trusting. Started with some timid taking the nut from her hand and stayed like that for some time.

    Eventually, my mum would leave the back door open (the peanut bin was in the hallway) and the squirrel would come in the house, go to the bin, get his nut(s) and leave. Wish we would have taken pictures.

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    1. What a fun story. That takes a lot of trust from the squirrel. Too bad you didn't take pictures. There are many times I wish I had my camera with me when I see the perfect shot.

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