Friday, 23 December 2016

Red squirrel inside feeder during sleet shower

Christmas came early this year with the arrival of red squirrels to the garden. What a great privilege this has been to see. We’ve had another garden sighting of two red squirrels at the same time but this time them both got a start at seeing the other and ran off in different directions. Both were seen using the feeder.

After the successful brief trial of a clothes peg to prop open the feeder it has certainly been well used! It’s been a great distraction from the rushing around at this time of year – when I’ve been at home long enough to see it :-)

An update to my experience using a squirrel feeder, that I would like to pass on after seeing the squirrel inside it, is that if you only fill it one third full the nuts inside have more of a chance of staying dry longer. As there is then more space inside, you might see it being used as in indoor feeder during wet and wintry weather. Good luck with your homemade squirrel feeder John - good job there :-)

You can see in the video below that a visiting red squirrel, during a sleet shower, was quite comical to watch. The lighting was poor but you can still see it inside. By the smear marks on the perspex of the feeder it looks like it’s a common occurrence for red squirrels to dine indoors ;-)

Please note before playing (1 min) I couldn't resist adding a bit of music here.
Also, take a closer look at the beginning of the 2nd clip, you can see how a
squirrel baffle must work as it struggles to go upwards under feeder.

As I uploaded my video just now, one individual (or was it?) was running back and forth again feeding both inside and by stretching from the outside. More stashing of nuts in the wet garden borders were seen too. As much as I would love to sit here gardenwatching longer, there is much Christmas prep awaiting my attention! I'm not alone there, I know :-)

Before I run like the wind to get things done, I’d like to wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and to thank-you for visiting and leaving comments for another year. I haven’t quite managed to post the updates I would have liked but I’ll catch up on them at some point over the winter months. Keep warm and safe. Best wishes to you all, Shirley x

This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in December 2016.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Merry Christmas Shirley. I have enjoyed your squirrel reports and look forward to any and all that you share of your garden. Be well and happy...

Sue Garrett said...

Lovely - I wonder whether your visitors suggest the reds are making a come back. I doubt we will ever have them visiting us.

Happy Christmas and New Year.

SeagullSuzie said...

Fab stuff Shirl, I did enjoy watching that video. Happy Christmas to you.

Shirley said...

Hello again to you all, thanks for visiting and leaving your comments :-)

Lisa, Thank-you, and a very Merry Christmas to you too! I have loved sharing reports of these squirrels and it’s always such fun when new garden visitors arrive. Watching the way the resident regulars of Blackbirds and Woodpigeons have reacted has been interesting too. That was one of the reasons I put up a special feeder away from the other bird tables so everyone was happy :-) Thanks, wishing you good health and happiness as we turn to a new year too :-)

Sue, how comical was that? I’ve been wondering that too and I’m thinking they must be moving around at least as I have never seen one even in the woodland walks around our town. I have no idea as to how many red squirrels have actually found my garden and are visiting this feeder. The colouring of their bodies and tails can vary a little but when light levels are poor it’s not easy to get clear photos or video. I do hope we see them when we have snow to get a chance of capturing images then too. Thanks, and a happy Christmas and all my best wishes for 2017 to you both :-)

Suzie, hello again :-) I’m delighted you caught this. Thank-you, and a very Happy Christmas to you too :-)

Juliet said...

Sorry I haven't managed to keep up with all your posts this year, Shirl, but it's lovely to see your red squirrels.

Happy Christmas, and best wishes for 2017!

Midmarsh John said...

They soon learn don't they.
Very best wishes to you and yours Shirley