Sorry, awhile back I mentioned that I would wrote about our squirrels…so here goes:
We moved into our house in December of 2007 it was between two Nor’easters that both dropped 2.5-3 feet. The one day in between we came a runnin’ to the new home. It is a nice house located in the same neighborhood I grew up in. The back yard abuts the local public school yard and play ground. On the property line to our left is a beautiful maple tree about 53 years old. The folks next door moved in after he returned from WWII and planted this tree.
Right away we notice a family of squirrels. On the tree itself our new neighbor had created two picnic tables that are attached to the tree. Each has a screw poking up for …squirrel feed to be placed (dried corn on the cob, available at all Walmarts stores). In the school yard are many many trees with thousands of squirrels running through them. This was our neighbors way of keeping them at bay and it has been successful for decades!
So, every morning around 6.00 our neighbor goes out and places two large cobs on the screws of the mini picnic tables. The kids watch from the table, as the family of five living in that tree, come out around 7.15 or so. One goes to the ground for the scraps, one goes to each table and two stay above watching. They rotate every few minutes until the corn is gone and each is fed… an amazing process.
There happens to be five and my daughter (Erica) decided that two must be parents and three are children so she named them the Jonas brothers! They run across the roof but never come in, they run along the fence all day and they keep the grounds clean. They are amazing to watch when you are home with nothing to do. Jumping from house to tree and vis-a -vis.
When we pull into the driveway they look at us and we stay in the car, a few minutes, until their task is complete. Usually involves eating! The Jobros do eat a lot of stuff and one of their primary burial places is our front garden. No damage but sometimes I get fed up with all the little digging spots. However, we realize that this was their home long before ours.
We make sure they have enough food because recently the Coyotes have been making public appearances at night. We do not want them looking for our lil friends for lunch, dinner or breakfast!
Funny, we live in suburbia. 12 miles N of Boston in a good size small city and my recent concerns are squirrels and coyotes! Over development for sure!
So, there it is. We have come to be very neighborly with the squirrles in our yard and they with us. I know there are many of you out there thinking… “…suburban rats…” but we really can’t screw up the natural balance of land, people and animal or else you start having coyotes tipping your trash barrels, right? I remember as a kid we had dogs tipping the trash but not my barrels. When they go over it is due to an eager builder and the city needing a new golf course.
Easty science projects for KNox and Erica (in the future).
Well, that’s it…the squirrel story. Not much just a little story about our backyard friends…
be well all…