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.
A startled squirrel is wary of Sam the dog’s sudden appearance in the backyard. Things calmed down quickly when Sam showed no interest in the squirrel so it went back to grazing on the feed that the birds had spilled to the ground from the feeders overhead.
Kudos to this enterprising squirrel who has found a way to climb up the side of Audubon House, then dangle himself down to drop onto the bird feeder that had been placed in what had been hoped was a squirrel-proof location. His maneuverings can be watched closeup through the heavily-tinted windows, even allowing for closeups as he eats his sunflower reward. Note the large round Audubon House window reflected in the squirrel’s eye. Also note the sharp claws, which must […]
A Squirrel with its own ideas of up and down finds no problem relaxing inverted at the bird feeder eating while defying gravity. Taken through one of the office windows at Audubon House set amidst the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
The antics of the squirrels and other wildlife using the bird feeder one morning at (Pelican Island) Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, bird feeder, Florida, Indian River County, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Red-bellied Woodpecker, squirrel
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.
Here are a few photos from a Sunday visit to the beach starting with sunrise through the sea oats just south of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Fresh tracks in the sand reveal overnight a Loggerhead Turtle came out of the ocean to build a nest up by the dunes and then went back into ocean. Researchers use stakes and orange tape to mark off a sampling of sea turtle nests on the beach at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Boaters […]