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jmorth
Sep 17, 2013 7:28 PM CST
Munching on a sunflower seed head I think.
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Bonehead
Sep 18, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Although I know I am lucky, I find it odd that I live in a rural temperate area and have NEVER seen a squirrel or chipmunk in my yard in the 34 years I've been here. I guess they have enough natural habitat in our woodlot to just stay put back there. So, I really enjoy the antics captured by photos.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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JuneOntario
Sep 19, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Did you plant sunflowers for the birds, jmorth? I tried that one time, and just as the seedheads were ripening a deer ate the lot, just leaving a row of headless stalks.

Squirrels don't hang around my garden much during summer, but I see them a lot in winter when they are attracted by seeds that fall out of the bird feeders. Do you have bird feeders in your yard, Deb?
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jmorth
Sep 19, 2013 4:36 PM CST
June, in regards to your query...Sunflowers have been self-seeding here since 2004 when they were originally planted to provide shade to two new Paw Paw tree seedlings (forest understory tree that needs shade for first couple of years to survive). Original cultivar of sunflower was Kong, a multi-flowering giant of 12 ft tall (or taller). Goldfinches love them, Cardinals sometimes visit as well.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Sep 19, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Wow, those are amazing sunflowers, self-seeding for 9 years and still going strong! I must see if I can find some 'Kong' next year. At 12ft tall, they'd be safe from all browsers except giraffes.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Oct 22, 2013 10:23 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing
Nice pics, jmorph! I'm pretty safe from giraffes munching my flowers! Actually, the deer are pretty small here because of the drought and adverse climate, so they would be unlikely to reach 12 foot-tall sunflowers! They DID munch on my Golden-Eye plants on the other side of the shed, outside the fence. But since the dear little deers took off for their fall feeding areas, the plants came back and are now blooming. One plant is bigger, because it's growing in a ditch by the shed and somehow wasn't touched.
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jmorth
Oct 22, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Fine fall feature there Linda.
Don't know if this is the same squirrel, but it is the same telephone pole.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 28, 2013 7:27 PM CST
I like that last shot in the first set of photos J. The balancing act. Boy! Your squirrels sure are red aren't they?
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terrafirma
Oct 28, 2013 7:45 PM CST
Those red squirrels sure are pretty! We've got the grey squirrels here…Not so much to look at…Just your basic nuisance.
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jmorth
Oct 28, 2013 9:44 PM CST
About 100 miles SE of me is a town (Olney) renowned for it's population of white squirrels.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 29, 2013 4:59 AM CST
So when are you taking a road trip, camera in hand, & get us some photos of those white squirrels J? Hilarious!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 29, 2013 5:02 AM CST
Hey! I found some articles!
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2666

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/29067

Cool!
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Gleni
Dec 4, 2013 10:53 PM CST
Those squirrels just blew me away. So terribly terribly cute.
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Marilyn
Jan 14, 2014 12:18 AM CST
I agree Hurray! Lovey dubby Thumbs up

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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Jan 14, 2014 3:45 AM CST
Do the squirrels hibernate over winter?

Most of our mammals are nocturnal. I have two Brown Bandicoots that come in for the seed under the feeders at night. I am thinking of getting a trip camera.
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jmorth
Jan 14, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Yes, they hibernate, when they come out in spring, we'll hear their pitter patter on the roof again.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 14, 2014 3:41 PM CST

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I don't think they do here. I had to capture one over the weekend, so I could release it outside. It got in the house and the cat wanted it (but it's so fun to play with, Mom!).
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mcash70
Jan 19, 2014 12:08 AM CST
They don't hibernate here, I have a red squirrel that comes to the feeders just about every day, saw it this afternoon, cute little thing. Green Grin!
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jmorth
Jan 19, 2014 1:47 AM CST
Referring to an answer above regarding a query fron Glen regarding winter squirrel hibernation in my neck of the woods.

A little research acknowledges that tree squirrels don't hibernate though the winter here, though they do display periods of less activity, hangin out in the tree hollow they've settled into and emerge only on warm days to feed on what they can find from secreted caches or opportunistic strikes. Some species in the squirrel family may enter a geared downstate.of Torpor but this isn't considered true hibernation.

I guess I'm trying to amend a statement alluring to my earlier stated observation that the squirrels here hibernate. The reality is some of these cute tailed rodents slow down their activities to maximize time with family in their tree houses and are seldom cavorting round on the roof; if if they venture onto the roof there may enough snow to cover the sound of their pitter-patting locomotion.

Summer time is different for sure, they not only pitter patter on the roof but skitter, scatter routinely.

As n aside, I read that ground squirrels can hibernate.























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