Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Prize pose

I was surprised at how unafraid this squirrel was when I walked outside and saw him eating acorns that had fallen from the oak tree. He stood up and took notice of me but then went back to his banquet. I went inside and grabbed my camera. That didn't even csare him off, so I went closer and sat on a bench. He was almost delirious in his nutty feast, bouncing around the yard like a rabbit.

He kept alert to what I was doing. That lasted about 10 minutes, which, I guess, was all the staying-in-high-alert he could handle and he scampered to the trunk of a nearby tree. About 10 minutes later, he was back digging the acorns out of the grass and chomping down. Suddenly he finds this -- I'm not sure why this is such a treasure. He grabbed it in his mouth and bounced across the yard like a little kid skipping. (I've see him run across the yard before when a dog scares him -- so this was definitely not a run-for-safety scamper). He bounds over into a tree in the neighoring yard and stands there showing his prize off.

I'm surprised he did not the rules. This tree is definitely off limits. A mocking bird comes at him with a vengance, pecking at him as he scurried around the tree trying to get away. Funny thing, she wasn't in this tree. She sets up shop in a tree about 40 feet away -- I guess it was a better watchtower. Eventually the squirrel jumped off the trunk and again bounced across the yard, until the bird gave up -- satisfied he was clear of her nest.

He then scampered up the oak in my yard and off into the aerial highway -- the interstate "limbway" of the neighborhood.


Anonymous said...

A nice photograph of a creature I see here every day. They eat peanuts that I buy until my oak trees start to bear acorns later this summer.

Your narrative was interesting too.

I didn't do much today but...

I did write about how people used to wear long underwear over winter or until we began to stink. You can find the link at the bottom of the post today.

Brookville Daily Photo

isabella said...

What a fun blog!
I wonder what morsel made the squirrel so ecstatic...Only chocolate has that effect on me ;-)

lv2scpbk said...

Very cute and he even has a nut in his mouth.

Moi said...

he's the cutest!!! :)