Tomorrow brings high winds and thunderstorms, and yet just a week ago we had snow. The squirrels are very wise and they have stayed dressed for winter. They still have their fur coats on. Actually, they leave them on all year, but they do wear layers until summer…(interesting side notes…squirrels are not comfortable in short sleeves, shorts or bathing suits. I have learned this through careful observation and a squirrel who likes to give away squirrel secrets.)
I feel the need to advise my fellow humans regarding this squirrel behavior because I know many humans get confused on the issue of seasonal changes.
Here is my advice to all of you who like to run around in shorts and flip-flops as soon as the outside temperature hits 45 degrees…don’t do it. I know, I know, it feels GOOD. The air feels warm and you can almost smell summer after our long winter. The facts are, it isn’t summer, you’ll probably get sick and make me sick and you’ll make me feel stupid for wearing my winter coat.
I’d like to make one more argument for keeping your clothes on…if the squirrels are smart enough to know it’s too early to be going around underdressed …don’t you want to be at LEAST as smart as a squirrel?
Our snowfall wasn’t just a fluke…we’ve had little bits of snow floating through the air the past few days and the temperatures have DROPPED! It was five degrees Fahrenheit this morning.
I have to admit that I’m getting my information from a new weatherman in the area. Dave the Squirrel, weatherman extraordinaire, is giving me regular updates. He’s been very accurate so far, we shall see if that continues.
We had four inches of snow the other day! We’ve had a lot of rain, but not much snow up until now, so it was a very pretty change of pace.
The snow may have made it easier for the squirrels to get to the feeder, I know it had to be softer than walking on the rock hard clumps of dirt. No matter what the reason, I was glad to see this one and today we had TWO!!
Someone came for just a bit this morning. It was a VERY short visit, it saw me and ZOOM, the squirrel ran back to the woods.
I promise I did nothing to discourage it from spending time outside the window. I may have to put on a squirrel costume in order to reassure the poor thing that squirrels are welcome here.
In my official capacity as a judge of squirrel jumping, I’ve seen many jumps and I would give this leap very high marks. I would like to see the front legs a little straighter, but other judges consider this acceptable so I’ll let it slide.
I did want to address the minor violation…accessories are not allowed in jumping contests and the peanut falls into that category. However… this was such an audacious bit of flair that I added a point.