Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Uninvited Diner


Blogger micki said...

I hung a birdfeeder from the grill that sets right next to the patio doors of our living room. I thought this would be good for two reasons, 1) I could see all the pretty birds up close (and I have) and 2) I could keep my eye out for squirrels. It took a couple of months, but once the weather warmed…this one started showing up. After weeks of chasing her away, we came to an understanding. I would sprinkle some seed on the deck for her, but she had to leave the feeder alone. That worked out for a short time. She’s gotten quite greedy over the past month, however. She has begun scooping seed out of the feeder by the clawful and even chewed one of the perches off the feeder to make it easier for her to gorge herself. Now the weather is warming and the birds are stopping by less and less, and she’s coming by every hour and a half to munch and crunch. I think I will be putting the feeder away until cool weather returns.

So, here’s a shot of my pesky muncher. This was taken through the glass of the patio door with Kodak Gold ISO 800 and my Sigma 70-300mm lens. She was more than glad to pose for me, and sat right next to the door. I think she wanted in to see if I had something better to offer other than sunflower seeds.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Chris Vallancourt said...

Squirrels always seem both skittish and bold. I wonder of they have ulcers.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is a great shot.

Around here they are considered pests. We have more than our share of these little guys and gals running around here wreaking havoc. They are a big nuisance.

My friend has had repeated problems with them chewing into her home through the soffits and setting up house in her walls. She always worries that they will chew on wires in the walls and cause a fire. She's had to hire pest control services to come out and deal with the issue several times in the last few years. They can cause a lot of damage and are hard to get rid of once they decide they want to get in.

My husband works for an electric utility and squirrels are the cause many power outages. He recently had to alter designs for protective covers that are used to prevent the squirrels from causing extensive and expensive damage to equipment. The covers make his job all but impossible, so he had to come up with a modification to make it possible to do his job (thermographer) possible. So as you can see they can be a problem in a lot of ways.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous clarence said...

Squirrels LOVE bird-feeders, great candid shot!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

Great shot! Buying a bird feeder was one of the best purchases I made last year for my garden. I love photographing the birds that come and feed and thankfully we don't have problems with squirrels! We do have rabbits but they're cute and don't bother anyone!


8:26 AM  
Anonymous MrC said...

lol i read it as uninvited dinner!

i love squirrels ... but the little gits have no consideration .. they chew the hell out of the bird feeders & pour all the seed/peanuts onto the floor

great picture!! ;)

8:30 AM  
Anonymous david said...

what a cutie!

8:33 AM  
Blogger DAVE ( said...

Won don't love squirrels? Very nice picture.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Naturegirl loves this one as I feed my squirrels peanuts and name them!! This one certainly is NOT suffering from MANGE as many of the squirrels in this part of the country do...see my "Patches" post.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...


9:47 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very cute shot, nice one Micki.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

They are kinda cute. After reading about the damage they do I'm glad we don't have any visiting our house. I did noticed the other day the startlings have ripped apart the neighbors soffits and moved in.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Nice shot, but they can be a pest, we have a bird feeder which works kinda ok for the winter months, with only the occasional visit from the sqirrels, and a good range of birds, but the squirrels do get greedy.... but then so do the starlings....

11:39 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

cute shot...great capture:-)

11:56 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

These guys can be pesky, but NOTHING compares to Red Squirrels for being a nuisance...God help you if one ever takes a liking to your feeder.

Nice shot BTW!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Schmidt said...

süß, der kleine.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Peter Schmidt said...

oh sorry, I didn't see that this is a english only blog. my prev post means: sweet, the little squirrel!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

I have one magnifies clearness, also likes the texture.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice capture micki.
it's so sweet.
- shaped

4:10 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

ohhhh!!! she's so lovely!!! Really beautiful colours and i love her soft tail!!! Great capture!!! indeed she's in a great pose!!! Wonderful shot!!! and i like the story as well!! :D

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

I love his eye. The reflection is wonderful.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anders said...

Very cute, and yeah, the reflection is nice! Great shot.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

I love the eyes Micki!!! A squirrel found it's way onto the field during a major football (soccer) match tonight!!! Stayed on there for a while!! In the end, the referee had to stop play and a player chased it away!!!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Nice shot! Cute little fellow!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Very good detail in the shot. Nice capture.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous chrisfry54 said...

She looks so cute and innocent in your photo Micki. Great story and lovely photo.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Lovely eyes, she's such a cutie!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Cute, nice shot,

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Cute little fella pah!!! Nut stealing fiend more like. They are so strong and ingenious I have to admire them but I dont have to like them.

9:18 PM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

very nice how did you get so close realy nice i Tryed this a while a go and it is realy hard nice job

11:38 PM  
Anonymous jlc said...

Nice capture Micki ;)

3:25 AM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Isn't it ironic the cutest are the most problematic too!
Isn't that a song?
Looks like the devil in a furry coat!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Haha, looks soo cute. Must be one of the brave ones. How far were you to take this shot?

5:18 AM  
Anonymous emma said...

aww - but she is just as hungry as the birds! look at those big eyes - how can you resist? ;)

6:41 AM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

when i was younger, my grandmother used to have me shoot them because they used to destroy all her bird feeders. eventually they were so scared of getting shot that even the slightest sound of a door opening or a window, they would head for the hills.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Me said...

Eecck squirrel alert :) Cool shot


7:45 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

How lovely! :)

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Lars said...

A superb photo! I like the expression of the squirrel. I think that it's curious about you :-)

6:36 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great one with a fine catch light in her eye!
We have a regular visitor just like this who comes by to sample from the small pile of bread crumbs we usually leave outside our apartment for the little sparrows - never eats it all, always thinking of the feathered folks...

6:51 AM  
Blogger manju said...

So cute !

5:56 AM  

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