What's a fella gotta do to get a meal 'round these parts?

United States
July 8, 2019 4:32pm CST
Sneak, lay flat 'pon the tree makin' slow movements. Grab a piece 'n scurry back'p the tree quick's lightnin'. Seek shelter'n thin, high limbs to nibble 'way whilst heart 's raicin'.... When that don't seem effective, fluff 'p yer tail (so ya look 3 times bigger'n ya'd be) whilst tossin' 't to 'n fro 'n chatter angrily 't those who wish to disturb ya. Started off nice 'n peaceful, 'til the Blue Jay spotted 'im 't the feeder. Many squabbles ensued, which brought the 'ttention 'f the feral cats. Yup, they came from outside my lil sanctuary 'n multiple pairs. Luckily, the lil squirrel can go from tree to tree to tree (make the rounds through all 16 'f 'em without touchin' the ground) from high'p'n the tops. Swingin' from vines like Tarzan, he made 'is way to safety. Once 't all settled down 'n the cats 'n bird gave 'p their pursuit, he returned, though cautiously to the feeder. Grabbin' a piece 'f corn 'r a nut 'n racin' back'p the safety 'f the canopy to dine. I've yet to see the lil fella today, perhaps he returned to 'is original home? Someplace without so much competition.
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@RubyHawk (34170)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 Jul
I like to see little squirrels scampering around. they climb up a tree near my deck and run over the roof, sometimes scamper up the stairs and go through the hall.
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• United States
9 Jul
don't they jest make ya smile, ms. ruby? i know some see 'em 's lil pests, but i 'dore 'em. this lil fella's brought me lots 'f joy since his 'rrival :)
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@RubyHawk (34170)
• Atlanta, Georgia
10 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I love watching them.I tried to get a picture of one climbling up an elm tree at my deck but he was too fast for me.
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• United States
10 Jul
@RubyHawk when they're movin', 'tis most diff'cult to get a decent shot 'f such. e'en with my camera set'n the highest speed possible such's jest a blur, lol.
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@velvet53 (19578)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Jul
I love the way you wrote this. It made me feel like I was sitting right there watching everything that was going on. Bless the little guy. It is sad he has to grab and run instead of sitting and enjoying his food. Shame on the Blue Jay and the cats.
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@velvet53 (19578)
• Palisade, Colorado
12 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I try to answer the best I can and I love to talk about animals. By George they mean lot to me just like family and friends do. I love hearing about what is going on at your place. I feel like I am right there with you.
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• United States
12 Jul
@velvet53 ya can tell when folks read'n when they don't, eh? ya do jest fine, hon. i believe i've weeded out most 'f the others. 'tis kind'a sad, but 'twas necessary fer what'd be left 'f my sanity. i 'dore critters, love sharin' their stories 'n pics 'f mother natures great gifts. fer myself, my critters're what've kept me strivin' fer my health. my fear 'f what'd happen to 'em if'n i kept declinin' 'n left this earth. perhaps some day ya could come fer a visit :) such aint all rosy 'n sunshine, but i bet we'd a grand time :)
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@velvet53 (19578)
• Palisade, Colorado
12 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I would love to come and see you. I know that we would have a good time. I love animals of all kinds. I used to draw animals but I haven't done that in ages. I am not a good drawer but it is fun to try. Mother Nature has blessed us with many wonderful things. I wish I lived closer to the mountains but tons of people are. I love to sit on the hillside and just look around. I am glad that your health is getting better. I know that you love your animals and want to be with them.
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@bunnybon7 (41414)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Jul
poor baby. maybe he snuck out there during evening or night whilst birds were sleeping
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• United States
11 Jul
he showed'p 'bout suppertime. 't times i wonder why i worry so o'er these wild critters?
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@bunnybon7 (41414)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx because you are a kind and loving soul like we need more of your kind. the world would be so much better
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• United States
11 Jul
@bunnybon7 mercy, i've sure got'cha fooled, eh? lol, nah, i try to be, hon. i've my fingers'n more pies regardin' critters 't aint e'en funny. gonna need to slow down a bit i reckon 'n put more focus'n a couple. i spread myself mighty thin the past few years.
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@sophie09 (8485)
• Indonesia
9 Jul
cute bunny! i wanna grab him
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• United States
9 Jul
'tis a squirrel, not a bunny :) if'n ya grabbed this lil fella, he might jest shred ya with those cute lil claws 'n teeth, lol.
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@sophie09 (8485)
• Indonesia
9 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx wait what LOL it is not a bunny then?
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• United States
9 Jul
@sophie09 no ma'am, 'tis a squirrel. here's a bunny fer ya
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@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
I never seem them but this one is a cutie. Great photo!
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• United States
10 Jul
ya aint got squirrels neither?? i'm still tryin' to figure where this'un came from. 'tis a good 12 miles to where some reside i'm told. thanks :)
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@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx No and I have plenty of trees and I used to see feral cats but not any more and still no squirrels.
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• United States
10 Jul
@CarolDM if'n such's any comfort, these lil critters aint native to these parts. aint seen a squirrel here outside 'f a local golf course'n 40 yrs. i'm startin' to wonder if'n i ought not trap this lil guy 'n release him there? then 'gain, maybe he's not bothered bein' the 'nly squirrel out here?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I hope the little squirrel is staying safe. At least he has the advantage of being able to function so well in the tree-tops.
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• United States
12 Jul
yes ma'am, he's stayin' safe, though i dunno how, lol. he sure 'nough tests the limits quite oft. i'm watchin' the blue jay off with 'is peanuts 'gain this morn. i'd thought 'bout cuttin' out some more vines, but i reckon they'll stay fer the lil fella. confuses the cats how he can manage 'em 'n when they try, they fall to the ground. critters, ne'er a dull moment, eh?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx There is always something to see around here too. I'm sure you enjoy watching all the antics there.
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• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv i bet so! with all yer roos 'n such millin' 'bout :) yes ma'am, the downfall 'f such bein' that 't times i totally lose track 'f time 'n find i've spent several hours doin' so 'n snappin' hundreds 'f pics most oft.
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@shaggin (44400)
• United States
14 Jul
What a lively day it was there with all those critters
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• United States
14 Jul
yes ma'am, most interestin' watchin' 'em not get 'long. each bein' very determined to dominate their territory, lol.
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@May2k8 (9325)
• Indonesia
13 Jul
I was reminded of a mouse climbing a water pipe, except that the squirrel is more agile than that.
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• United States
13 Jul
those water pipes'd be mighty slippery :) i've seen mice climb 'round the trees, e'en caught a few'n the bird feeders. purty amazin' to watch 'em climb those skinny metal wires back to the safety 'f a limb.
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@Susan2015 (24968)
• United States
9 Jul
I hope that he's okay. He must really like your bird feeders.
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• United States
9 Jul
he'd be 'lright, ms. susan. showed 'p 'bout suppertime unscathed'n hungry. yes ma'am, he likes the feeders, but i've 'lso seen the lil guy eatin' berries off the juniper 'n cedar trees. seems rather fascinated with the pond, too.
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@myklj999 (29021)
• Olney, Illinois
8 Jul
I had a scurry of 'em high up in the Squirrel Tree chasin' each other yesterday morning...like a mini-riot goin' on...must have one 'in season' because it was nuts up there
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• United States
9 Jul
oh my, i bet that 'twas somethin'! this lil fella seems to still be the 'nly squirrel out here. i've taken loads 'f pics'n compare 'em to make certain, lol.
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@NJChicaa (61045)
• United States
8 Jul
If the squirrel has found a place to eat, it will be back!
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• United States
9 Jul
yes ma'am, he finally showed 'bout supper time. i admit to bein' relieved 'f such.
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jul
Cute picture of him. He does have trouble getting a good meal.
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• United States
9 Jul
thanks :) he 'twas a bit disappointed 's the blue jay seems to've gotten all the pumpkin seeds 'n left 'im with jest corn'n a couple peanuts, lol. all critters 've those strives. i 'twas tickled to see 'im slinkin' down the tree 'bout suppertime. all that worry fer nothin', lol.
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I'm glad he's still around. I hope he got a good supper.
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• United States
10 Jul
@just4him yes ma'am, he dined 'pon pumpkin 'n sunflower seeds, peanuts, couple 'f pecans 'n corn.
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@noni1959 (5743)
• United States
11 Jul
We have a huge gray squirrel running around here. He must find a lot of food here since he's so fat and as big as a cat. I've yet to get a photo of him. He's really fast.
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• United States
11 Jul
yes ma'am, sounds he's findin' plenty, but then ya'd be'n the woods. still aint certain how this lil fella got way out here 'mong the plains 'n arid clime?? he does battle with a blue jay. earlier 'twas fluffed 'p, chatterin' 'way givin' ol' momma cat the what fer. 'twas funny coz she jest laid down'n the cool pavers'n the shade'n took 'erself a nap. no doubt gettin' a break from those kittens. he seemed most cranky she paid no mind to 'is hollerin', lol. yes ma'am, they're really fast! i gotta catch this'un most oft whilst eatin'. right now he'd be stretched out'n a tree limb. takin' a break i reckon from the battles with the jay.
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@noni1959 (5743)
• United States
12 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx When I lived in California I had a house up in the foothills that was mostly oak trees and I had more squirrels there than I do here in the forest.must be the acorns.
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• United States
12 Jul
@noni1959 yes ma'am, they'd be purty fond 'f those acorns. puzzled me why this lil fella chose my place. i've no oak trees, no nut trees 't all. i do've junipers though'n hear tell they like juniper berries.
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@simone10 (30828)
• United States
9 Jul
He is so adorable and you are getting such good pictures of him!
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• United States
10 Jul
yes ma'am, 'tis a cutie! i'm purty enamored with the lil fella, prolly coz i've not seen one'n years, lol. he's purty spooked when i go out to get a shot, so's i'm fortunate to've this bay 'f large windows'n my sunroom to capture such :)
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@simone10 (30828)
• United States
11 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx that's good that you have windows like that. Is that where you take a lot your pictures?
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• United States
11 Jul
@simone10 yes ma'am, particularly'n the winter time. i've 8 large, floor to ceilin' windows so's i can look out 'nto my lil sanctuary. durin' the late autumn/winter, i can see most 'f the horses, too.
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@Janet357 (19177)
13 Jul
There in the usa, you see squirrels, bear and other animals we only see on tv, you are fortunate. And good picture!
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• United States
13 Jul
ya don't got critters where ya reside? thanks :) he makes 't easy whilst he's sittin' still, lol.
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@Janet357 (19177)
13 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx what we have are birds. We live in a city so no beautiful critters, again, i like your photo. Very nice shot
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• United States
14 Jul
@Janet357 thanks
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
8 Jul
Hopefully he comes back.
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• United States
9 Jul
he did, perhaps not e'er really gone? could'a jest been hidin' out'n the trees/'r vines. 'bout suppertime i spotted the lil fella sneakin' down the bradford pear to see what goodies might 'wait, lol. i gave him a talkin' to fer makin' me worry.
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
9 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx It was smart to wait until the tattle tale jays was gone.
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• United States
9 Jul
@wolfgirl569 lol, yes ma'am :) that'n the feral cats bein' fed 't that time, too. perhaps he'll learn the routine 'f thingies 'n plan his dinin' 'ccordingly.
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@much2say (35677)
• United States
8 Jul
That's real survivin' there - takin' the risks and doing what he needs to do just to get a morsel to chomp on. I hope he's ok wherever he is!
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• United States
9 Jul
yes ma'am, the ways 'f the wild :) he showed'p come 'bout suppertime 'n i 'twas giddy to see 'im, lil toot.
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@much2say (35677)
• United States
18 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I'm glad he came back again . I can't recognize who comes and goes here . . . our yard is more like a squirrel highway rather than a place to hang out .
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• United States
18 Jul
@much2say me, too! i get a tad worrisome when i don't see the lil guy. soooo many cats! thus far i reckon he'd be the one 'n 'nly?? 've not seen more'n 1 anyhow. i take loads 'f pics from e'ery angle possible, jest'n case, so's i can compare. kinda like i do the birds. 'tis amazin' how a common sparrow can've subtle diff'rences'n their feather patterns i'd not notice otherwise.
@Corbin5 (149360)
• United States
8 Jul
He sure is a fine fellow. Wherever he happens to be I hope he has lots of food and is safe.
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• United States
9 Jul
he's sure a hoot to watch 'n i feel purty blessed. the lil darlin' showed 'bout suppertime, much to my relieve. 'f course, he could'a been hidin' 'p'n the trees all day fer all i know, lol. he's purty good 't blendin' 'n. was gonna share a pic 'f such, but this danged thingy'll not access those pics 'gain. been havin' troubles the past few days wish such. sigh...i thought such'd been fixed?
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@Corbin5 (149360)
• United States
9 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I am so sorry you are having troubles with posting photos here. He sure is an adorable subject when it comes to taking photos.
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• United States
10 Jul
@Corbin5 no worries, hon. 'tis off/on 'n i've great hopes 't don't get worse like 't 'twas 'fore. yes ma'am, he's sure a cutie'n don't mind posin', lol.
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
13 Jul
Glad he escaped and hope no harm to him.
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• United States
13 Jul
oh he fluffed 'n groomed fer a bit 'fter a brief siesta. seems fine though a lil rattled, lol.
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
14 Jul
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
What a great photo. You make these antics sound quite poetic.
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• United States
12 Jul
howdy, stranger! hope all's well with ya'n family'n yer side 'f the world, hon. thanks much'n both 'ccounts. i can get mighty carried 'way 't times, lol. used to be quite descriptive with my dribblin'. thought such 'twas lost. 'tis nice to know i can still make folks feel with my wordin'.
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
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