We’ve been safely tucked up inside the house these past few days; too cold to go outside for more than just a few minutes. We’re such softies! It makes you wonder how some of these little creatures survive in the teeth of this polar vortex. It’s supposed to warm up a bit, soon, but for now, I’ll get my view of nature from the window.
After the pumpkins had served their purpose on the front doorstep for Halloween, they were moved to the back garden where they took on the appearance of frosted donuts after a light dusting of snow. Then the squirrels moved in. It’s good to recycle!
The squirrels in Texas are very bold, let me tell you! I didn’t need a long lens for this shot, in fact I was half-inclined to take a step back, as this feisty little critter gave every indication that he was about to run straight up my leg!
Because it was Columbus Day, school was out and the weather was gorgeous, Spring Valley Nature Center was packed! The new recreation area was full of super-excited children, happy to have at least one more opportunity to play outside in shorts and sandals. I was pleased to see, too, that parents were encouraging their families to not only enjoy the slides and climbing frames but to go exploring the rest of the nature center. Great for them but not so good for someone who is hoping to do some wildlife photography. Screaming youngsters and timid woodland creatures unfortunately don’t make for a good mix. However, I had all day and waited patiently for the rare quiet moments when I was able to get a few shots.
…..but not for long. I’ve given up trying to keep the squirrels off the bird food. It’s certainly not worth going to any great expense to install fancy baffles and what-have-you. It doesn’t take these mangy little marauders more than a few minutes to figure any of that stuff out. So I just improvise. So long as it stalls them long enough for me to bash on the window and yell at them, that’s good enough. And really, to be quite honest, I rather enjoy watching their antics.
Today is the first day of Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Halloween Challenge which runs through the entire month of October. Jennifer has picked a Pumpkin for the first challenge and so, apparently, did this squirrel who made himself at home in the remains of one of our Halloween pumpkins last year. For more on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/09/26/jnws-halloween-challenge-2/
There were six of the little critters out there this morning! I eventually had to go and separate the pumpkins as they just wouldn’t play nice. (The squirrels, not the pumpkins.)
Finally they settled down, each with it’s own private dining table, until the seventh one arrived. From then on it was like ‘musical chairs for squirrels’ until it became impossible to tell just how many there actually were, in the flurry of twitching tails!
Now I can hear a crow calling a warning and several of the squirrels have scurried away. Perhaps there’s a hawk in the area.