Not looking obviously comfortable but it must be to this Eastern Gray Squirrel who found a spot to relax using the perch on the large bird house outside of Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). It probably helps that he is near two large bird feeders in which the messy birds are always dropping seeds from much to the squirrel’s benefit.
Was amused the old mid-1960s Hanna-Barbara The Secret Squirrel Show cartoon that parodied the spy movie hype of that era is kept alive today by a phrase used by U.S. intelligence experts, at least according to National Public Radio (NPR). Describing something as “secret squirrel stuff” puts the information beyond the reach of the public and slightly into the land of absurdity. Trying telling that to this squirrel in the backyard.
From my office desk I can watch a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers who have selected a dead palm tree right outside the window to hollow out a nest cavity. Remember, folks, dead trees can be a home to wildlife just as easily as a live one. Keep that in mind before you cut down that old snag you think is an eyesore. For the past few weeks they have been diligently excavating the cavity, oftentimes with excavated material being tossed […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: bird feeder, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Florida, Indian River County, Melanerpes carolinus, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, palm tree, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Sciurus carolinensis, squirrel, Vero Beach
Ahh, the life of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the suburbs. All those nice people who attract birds by dotting the landscape with feeders that are just ripe for the picking. Fat, seed-filled repositories in almost every backyard ready to be pounced upon and emptied for the sake of a full squirrel belly. Thank you, bird lovers, everywhere! Sciurus carolinensis takes a break from raiding the bird feeder. Editorial note: This blog is pro-squirrel.