Monday, July 2, 2012

The nature preserve formerly known as my yard...

As always, the wildlife refuge we have apparently created in our yard has been active and we love that.  Ok, most of the time.  The other day I just knew something was not right.  The birds were acting funny, so I lurked behind a window just watching. 

It didn't take long and then I saw it.  I couldn't believe my eyes!  A squirrel had found its way in to our yard and was eating all the bird seed that had fallen to the ground.  

I'm sure you're wondering at this point why this nature excitement from my backyard is post worthy...  you see, I knew no one would believe me unless I got a picture of it...  We have a two foot tall plastic mesh barrier that goes around the yard to keep out the rattle snakes (reference this post for my nightmare).  The little bugger squirrel is apparently a circus performer... I was waiting for him to pull out the balance bar and walk the tight rope!

Have no fear, my kids have divided up nerf gun patrol for Summer break.  A Christmas Story type scenario comes to mind.

So help me out here... should I be worried about these squirrels in my yard?  Are they going to be mischievious or a welcome addition of more wildlife?


Aracely July 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM  

That is so funny! LOL! I'm a sucker for those little stinkers. I think they're so cute!

Aracely July 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM  

That is so funny! LOL! I'm a sucker for those little stinkers. I think they're so cute!

Nicole July 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM  

Whoaaaaaaaaaaa....rattle snakes?

Katie July 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM  

Yes, Nicole, rattle snakes! We have found two baby ones in our backyard! Hence the mesh fence! We back up to a VERY large undeveloped area of land. It's great on one hand but the snakes freak me out like no other. Every time I see one I have nightmares for a week!

Jennifer Willey July 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM  

um rattle snakes? AHHHH. I love that he was doing a balancing act on that mesh fence. Maybe need to set up a video to see what else these little circus performers can do?

Amelia @ Eating Made Easy July 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

Haha! I have to say I am not the biggest squirrel me they are like furry rats. But I would take the squirrels if I was lucky enough to have a great yard!

Unknown July 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM  

That's hilarious! The last shot is the best! He's looking dead at you!!! Great Post!

Ciaran July 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

I'm about to put up a bird feeder. My only hesitation has been the way they attract squirrels and rats. Rats attract... SNAKES! But also owls. On the plus side we have had an owl that perches in our entryway second story arch for years. Which means lovely owl pellets on the doorstep. Which means delighted little nature loving boys. I know you feel my pain. Nothing like stepping out the door to fresh owl pellets.

Ana L. Flores July 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM  

How did this thread end up discussing owl pellets? I obviously need to get out of the city! ;)

That squirrel is fun blog fodder. Keep him!

Wendy July 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM  

Snakes? No way? Squirrels? Too cute.
While I love the idea of a bird feeder, it was attracting too many rodents in our backyard so we got rid of it. Such a shame!

Caryn B. July 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

Squirrels cute! Snakes yikes...Crazy that he (she?) was able to get around all that...

Presley's Pantry July 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM  

I'm a fan of the squirrel. He's a keeper.

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