What Kept You?

Squirrel by feeder Wm


2017-11-10T08:57:51+00:00March 4th, 2013|Tags: , |


  1. haggiz March 4, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I was brought up with Tufty (can anybody remember him?) so have a bit of a soft spot for squirrels, I know they are a pest, but we are lucky not to be bothered with them here, I’m sure that would change if they started digging up my garden! Julie x

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Oh goodness, I do remember Tufty squirrel. And the Tufty Club. He was a red squirrel, they are the good guys. Although it would probably be different if we had some too!

      • Bilbowaggins June 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

        That blasted Tufty Club has got a lot to answer for! Best marketing campaign in history if you ask me (she mutters darkly).

        As Jessica knows, with native red squirrels in our garden I absolutely ~hate~ greys :}

        • Jessica June 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

          They stop at nothing, as the picture shows.. 🙁

  2. Em March 4, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Tufty the road safety squirrel – I’d forgotten about him so it’s a wonder I get across the roads safely these days! What a great photo.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      It did take a bit more patience this one.. the squirrel is apt to fall off the window sill!

  3. Annie @ knitsofacto March 4, 2013 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I’m just catching up here, so started with the Black Hole, and finished with this, and now a great big grin. Perfect post title, and a great pic!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. 🙂

  4. Denise March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I am looking forward to the photo of a badger clinging to the window!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      I don’t know about a badger, but the pheasant has been looking at it long and hard…

  5. Rosie March 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    It was just a matter of time!!:)

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      I’m afraid so.
      But I will defeat them this year. They are on my list with the slugs and the mice..

  6. Countryside Tales March 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Perfect Jessica! We have one just the same. CTx

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      The more I chase him off the more he enjoys it..

  7. Jo March 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I got one of those window feeders for Christmas, I do love watching the birds. So far I’ve had a robin, a blue tit and a great tit use it, though no squirrels, yet. Great photo of the robin in your last post.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo. I hope the arrival of the squirrels does not put an end to ours. They have destroyed so many feeders in the past!!

  8. Wendy March 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I’m not surprised you were expecting it; where the birds go for food, the squirrels like to follow. They are a pest, but they’re also clever little devils when it comes to feeders.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      They are. This one knew full well that we were watching it.

  9. Jill Chandler March 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Lovely pics today and yesterday. Greysquirrels are not allowed in Scotland. Only red, sadly not spread into ourgarden, but are close by.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill. The reds are beautiful. The greys far too bolshy.

  10. CherryPie March 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Probably just as well the window wasn’t open…

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply


  11. BadPenny March 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I have a bit of a soft spot for squirrels too – naughty Squirrel Nutkin ! The children loved feeding the squirrels & pidgeons in the grounds of Christchurch Abbey when they were little.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      I would love them too if they were prepared to share. They can eat three of the birds’ fat balls in less than an hour!

  12. Anne March 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    We had squirrels in our last garden – they provided us with lots of entertainnment. I shall have to look in my archives for photos of the little blighters eating my raspberries and strawberries!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      They stripped two large blueberry bushes last summer. I think they left me about four..

  13. Viv March 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I know squirrels like Museli as they were eating it out of my hand when we went to Centre Parks in Thetford one year – could hardly keep them out of the chalet. We have no squirrels resident in our wood in Scotland but Pole cats have been mentioned.
    I wonder if squirrels like mirrors – some animals don’t like spotting themselves and they might be a deterrent, not sure how you would do it though, place one on the window sill?

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Now that would be funny.. just need to think about where to put it to avoid also deterring the birds..

  14. steph March 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    you definitely can’t beat them……might as well welcome them!!!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      It’s become a battle of wits..

  15. Sue March 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Oh but he’s so cute and all.

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      He’s cute and he’s smart. I have to admit a grudging respect.

  16. Judith March 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    You are certainly popular with the local wildlife! The robin pictures in the last post were great. They are so bold and train us so well and quickly too! And now that squirrel is trying it on. I don’t think I could harm one, but I am less fond of squirrels because of the damage they do. Not many hereabouts-they tend to get shot. But then, so do most things!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t harm one either.
      Our predecessor did shoot them. There are bullet holes in the bird table to prove it!!

  17. Sharon March 5, 2013 at 3:01 am - Reply

    We have a family of gray squirrels in our back yard…most times they are happy to eat the spillage on the ground around the birdfeeders but from time to time they climb that &*%# pole and eat all the suet from the feeders. They are so cheeky but I have a soft spot for them.

    • Jessica March 5, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Hi Sharon and welcome to rusty duck!
      Yes, they love suet. It’s so annoying when we buy it for the birds and the squirrels have the lot!

  18. Anne March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I loved the pictures of the robin, but less fond of the squirrel because they’re so destructive. That said, they’re fascinating to watch as they leap about from branch to branch.

    • Jessica March 5, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Being surrounded by trees we are inundated with squirrels. They work the bird table in packs! Finding a truly squirrel proof feeder will be the key I think. If they can’t get at the food they’ll go elsewhere. I hope.

  19. Natalie March 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I see the squirrels are still keeping you on your toes!

    • Jessica March 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Some things never change!

  20. Jacqueline March 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica,
    Well, I think that we spend as much on bird food as we spend on our own !!!! We have so many birds in the garden and there is one little squirrel who is so cute. He just picks up all of the bird food that spills to the ground !! I don’t think he’s a very clever squirrel !!…….. he’s not like the one I saw on tele, who ran a gauntlet of tubes, ropes and other obstacles to get to the food.
    I love the photo that you have captured …… we must get ourselves one of those window bird feeders ! XXXX

    • Jessica March 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      I remember that programme too… squirrels will stop at nothing Jackie, it is only a matter of time!

      • Viv March 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

        Perhaps you set up a squirrel training centre with an assault course and some death defying challenges!

        • Jessica March 7, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

          I think we will.
          The feeder was lying on the ground when we got up this morning.

  21. Simone March 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Not so secret squirrel!

    • Jessica March 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      No, they like to be seen. I’m convinced they enjoy the thrill of the chase as much as the food.

  22. snowbird March 9, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Oh!!! You’re showing off now!!!! I’m green with envy!xxxxx

    • Jessica March 9, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

      The feeder is on the window no more – they nobbled it!

  23. Rose H March 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I haven’t seen a squirrel in our garden for years, maybe that’s a good thing?
    Rose H

    • Jessica March 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Rose. They are cheeky things and their antics are so amusing. The problem is they would steal (if they could) all the food that I put out for the birds. And dig up any bulbs that I plant in the garden too. So I guess the answer is yes and no!

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