Red the Squirrel - the poser.

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  1. Melody Mc.

    Melody Mc. Young Pine

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    I know the love hate relationship with these little guys all too well. Our red squirrels are half the size of the larger grey and black squirrels that most others have. Everyone has an opinion and a story about how much they dislike their destructive nature and the depths they go to remove them.

    This post is simply to show off this little poser. They are still wildlife, and cute looking scoundrels.

    The more squirrels I remove, the more come by from the forest. I can always tell a new comer because they are wondering what I am, and are not fearful. This little fella showed up while I was in the garden, and was quite happy to pose for a few photos.

    I'm not sure how long until he is asked to relocate, but if he just choses to wander by and not be a bother, I may see him again.

    As impish and greedy little goblins as they can be, he is a cute one.

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    Squirrels (aka tree rats) are cute! We don't have them since they stay in the pecan groves along the creek about one half mile from us so I can enjoy your photos without grinding my teeth!
     
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    Melody Mc. Young Pine

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    HAH! We call them rats with fluffy tails. :) Red has already been relocated - he thought the porch was a good hangout. Nope. :)
     
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    They are a huge pest in my area. They like to bury the hazelnuts from our trees for winter. Every spring I find hazelnut seedlings coming up everywhere. Anyone want a hazelnut tree seedling?

    They tease the dogs til there feet are sore from trying to climb up in the trees, lil stinkers. Then they snicker and laugh as the dogs because they can’t climb up the trees. They are mischievous creatures.
    I’ve seen a stellar blue jay chase them round and round a tree trunk. These lil guys are gymnast's
    I did catch my big collie trying to swallow one whole and just in time to make the dog spit it out. YUCK.
    Holes made by the ground squirrels in the built up berm looks like swiss cheese dug into the sides of the berm where the Portuguese Laurel and photinia hedges are planted.

    They dig out my dahlia tubers and bury hazelnuts in their place. Although they are quite cute and fun to watch they have also been a bit destructive. The ground squirrels like to dig under the foundation which is a huge job cleaning up their dirt mountains and replacing the soil back under the foundation.


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    A few lil trouble makers around my garden.
     
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    My grandfather used to sit on his porch, hand - feeding nuts to the squirrels. Then they would steal his peaches and he'd curse them and shoot at them with his bb gun.

    I'm certain they are why I never got hazelnuts, so I removed the hazelnut trees. If I'm not quick, they get my chestnuts. However the chestnut hulls are covered with hundreds of sharp needles until they pop open, which gives me a little more time.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Get one of these and no more squirrel problems. Other frustrations….probably.
    Her name is Trixie and she has rid the yard of squirrels and keeps the night marauding deer at bay (so far). She wakes me up when she hears them enter the yard and insists I let her outside. IMG_8657.jpeg IMG_8661.jpeg

    Don’t know how she can hear them from inside the house.
    She is a decker rat terrier. They are bred as an all around farm and hunting dog. Terribly quick and smart but quite the character.
     
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    Aww what a sweetie..Trixie is doing what she was bred to do. Dogs are great helpers and very motivating. Keeps us company and so smart …lil angels are always by our side.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Yes, she is great company. My 13 and 17 year old dogs have “elderly” conditions so it’s nice to have some activity around.
     
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    Jewell your pups are great companions as they have always given you happiness and love. They extend our life time with peace and love. I have always had a dog or 2 or 3 or more at once. Can’t imagine a life without a dog .
    So faithful, smart, loving, funny characters they bring a joyful life , and so much more to our lives in this complicated world of today. Hugs to Trixie.:smt060
     
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    That Trixie looks like she's up to anything :) What a lovely girl.
     
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