I like squirrels, I get that they are just rats with fuzzy tails, but I even like the squirrels I have met with no tails. (Sometimes they lose parts of or even all of their tails).
Where the cabin is, there is plenty of food for the squirrels. In the Fall, the acorns crunch under your feet. There are so many acorns, I even pick some up to bring home to the squirrels where I live most of the time.
Even so, the squirrels of Lake Franklin Pierce have learned to “make the rounds”. They travel from deck to deck around the lake, looking for crumbs and bits of human food. Since most people eat on their decks, there is usually something good to be found. Maybe they are just tired of the taste of acorns. I’ve never had an acorn, so I don’t know if they are any good at all.
I do know squirrels think peanuts taste better than acorns. We discovered this when my husband was eating peanuts out of a bag. We went out for a bit, and then when I walked back out on the deck I became upset that Mark had eaten most of the peanuts from the bag. Mark denied this, but they was no denying the bag was almost empty. We then noticed a squirrel nearby eating a peanut
Let’s just say the squirrels are not shy. If I don’t have peanuts or a snack out for them, they come right up to the window and look in. Our dog barks at the squirrels, but these lake squirrels know dogs. They aren’t scared of dogs at all,especially dogs in a cabin.
So I throw out a few peanuts to the squirrels, maybe a stale English muffin or bagel. They seem to like it all. I enjoy seeing the wildlife, that has tamed and trained the weekend residents to feed them.
- July Squirrel Watch 2013 (click2houston.com)
- How to Grow a Squirrel… (awindowintothewoods.com)
- Feed the squirrels in The Company’s Garden (cape2dubai.wordpress.com)