Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Herr Squirrel

There are two huge trees in the front of Linderhof, a large tree in the middle of back garden (between patio and garden) and fairly big trees along the back of the garden. Our garden is full of birds and one would assume that with all of the trees not only at Linderhof but at our neighbors that squirrels would also be frequent visitors to our feeders.

Not so.

Occasionally, one will be brave enough to venture down from treetops to one of the feeders. In the winter, we let them eat all they want. If it's a female and we think there is young, we let her eat all she wants. Othertimes, we let them eat what they want and then, Oliver, the corgi, in a nice manner lets them know that they should go back to their treetop.

Last Friday, there was a brave squirrel. With five adults outside and two children, I was amazed that this brave squirrel came down to eat out of this feeder.
Not only did he eat with adults talking and children running and giggling (with whispered warnings to stay away) but we were able to get fairly close. He kept munching but I am sure that he was aware of everything going on and where everyone was.
My oldest niece got within five feet of him and then one of the children made a really loud noise and he looked up and up the arbor post he climbed. To hide in the wisteria foliage and watch we silly humans.

This is Outdoor Wednesday and please visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see the other Outdoor posts.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a cute and brave...very hungry?...squirrel! Once I had one come within three feet of me to get a drink of water while I was filling the bird bath. Poor baby! Happy OW...Debbie

Cass @ That Old House said...

Now that was one hungry squirrel! Aren't they cute? And normally so skittish, although sometimes you do find one that's bolder.

I remember my mother flipping out when a squirrel -- probably a previous pet -- dropped from the trees above our summer house picnic table, and landed on my grandmother's shoulder. Didn't faze Grandma one bit.

She got a kick out of it. I thought my Mom was going to dip Grandma in bleach.


Jeanne said...

I like the antics of squirrels... They are fun to watch.

Anonymous said...

How cute is that? He must of know no one was a threat to him.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Most of the time, here, the squirrels stay high up in the tree tops. Fun to watch. On rare occasion we see one on the feeders. Still fun to watch!

Wonderful post, Martha.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

the wild raspberry said...

the squirrels are so pesky around here but they don't let us get too close...
when we lived in iowa, we had a friend that trained the squirrels to eat right out of his hand!
funny little creatures.
i prefer chipmunks~they are adorable~but we have none of those here. :(
have a wonderful day!

annies home said...

my mothers love to watch squirels she feeds them and watches them always

Basil Becky said...

I really enjoyed the squirrel stories, our yard is full of them.Dixie, one of our dogs is forever chasing them but never wins!Thanks for visiting my blog!

Anonymous said...

Most squirrels get pretty bold when they are hungry! :) Nice post!

Donna Marie

Mary Bergfeld said...

This was really fun to read. The antics of your squirrels are a good way to start a busy morning.

Becky K. said...

He looks well fed to me. Happy too. I think he says, "thank you!"

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Sue said...

What a brave young squirrel to come down from the trees and eat! That or he was just plain nosey! LOL