I'm glad you gave a clue there are 2 different squirrels...I didn't pick up on the tail rings at first.
Last Saturday, while I was eating breakfast, I thought I heard knocking on the sliding glass door. When I looked, there was a grey squirrel, trying to get in for sunflower seeds. I knew it sat there & ate because of the mess it leaves, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would knock politely for more. (I'm sure knocking politely is just my thought...it wanted in where the sunflower seeds are.) We'll have to be careful when the screen is there...the squirrel will be able to chew right through it....doesn't seem like a fun thing to have a squirrel loose in the house.
I like to see the squirrels when there's just a gentle rain...they lay on a branch & pull their tails up over their backs like a blanket.
Speak of the devil, Cathy. You are so right that squirrels are not always polite and screens are no barrier.
In uni, I lived in a walk-up flat without air conditioning. On lovely summer day during the summer holiday, I decided to bake a dozen carrot nut muffins. They were brimming with walnuts and pumpkin seeds, carrots and lots of other good stuff.
Anyway, I left the flat for a little while, and the muffins were cooling on a tray on the kitchen table. All twelve of them.
When I came back, I saw nothing but the wire cooling racks, some crumbs and a hole in the screen window,....and two black squirrels making away with the last of the muffins on a tree branch nearby.
(Black squirrels are the robber bandits of the squirrel world and are plentiful in Eastern Canada.)
And, for the record, I do like coriander/cilantro. I can vaguely taste the soapiness sometimes, but it doesn't bother me.
They actually broke in? Ours are timid wee things..
I can believe the squirrels broke in...I can't believe they left!!
How entertaining! The red are much smaller, and not so destructive thankfully.
How wonderful to have red squirrels in your garden - such beautiful little creatures. I dislike the taste of coriander but do enjoy curry which nearly always has coriander in it - conflicting information there.
We do love to watch them. Isn't it interesting about the coriander?
I've never seen red squirrels (in person) - those are some very long tails! I have a lot of grey squirrels in the garden around nut time as there are two big hazel trees. They like to sit on my gate wearing their tails as umbrellas if it's raining and there's always a huge pile of hazelnut shells under the gate. They often make sort of screeching noises that don't sound like they would come from a squirrel!
We have hazel trees here, but never see nuts - maybe the squirrels get them first. They make a lot of noise when our neighbour's cats are around.
What an interesting racoon like tail. Are the interbreeding with greys?
I used not to like coriander at all. I like it now, but buy and waste far too much. Every other recipe seems to call for it but it really doesn't last.
Cilantro/Coriander is like basil. It doesn't keep in the fridge well.
I have found thatfreezing it in oil in trays works well for soups, sauces and other recipes that don't need it to look good.
Thanks for the good idea there.
The reds vary from pale ginger to russet to donkey brown but we've not seen one like this before. There are no greys here and great efforts are being made to keep it that way!
I hope you can keep the grey squirrels from infiltrating. The greys can be aggressive and the blacks more aggressive still -- they can be very cocky coming right up to people if they smell food and so on. The blacks are a colour variant on the greys that are slowly taking over for various Darwinian reasons.
Love the feeders - did you buy them locally? I'm guessing it's peanuts in them. We both like coriander here and always grow it in the vegetable patch. Going to let some go to seed now and bring a bunch indoors.
I did buy these locally - I love their simplicity (of course) but the chains sometimes break with the weight of jays and crows and we have to strengthen them with wire. Yes, peanuts in them!
How long and strong are those tails, that last picture is amazing!
Lifting both my hands up here...
They also have ear tufts that blow in the wind - very cute. I see your two hands up!
The red squirrels are so lovely to see it brought a smile to my face. My hands are down I like co rinader. Sarah x
They do make you smile, don't they!
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