How To Confuse A Squirrel

 

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 Now, where was it.. ?

 

 

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 There!

Ducks mark the spot.

 

 

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Thing is, nights are getting chilly..

 

 

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Tucked back up in their winter pad.

 

 

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Huh?

 

 

2017-03-03T19:28:08+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Tags: |87 Comments

87 Comments

  1. Sue@GLAllotments November 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Lovely shot of the confused squirrel. Hope that he;locates his nuts!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. There are plenty more acorns around if not!

  2. Amy at love made my home November 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    That is gonna be one confused squirrel!!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      He He 🙂

  3. Antoinette November 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Ha! Sneaky you! That will fix them 🙂
    Love seeing our red ones burrowing away trying to find their nuts — they are so cute. They’ve done well out of our walnuts this year.

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Very envious of your reds. They are so cute!

  4. Rosie November 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I laughed out loud at your cunning ruse – much to the consternation of the cat snoozing on my lap – that squirrel looks very confused indeed:)

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      My apologies to the cat!
      Thanks Rosie.

  5. Denise November 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Hilarious! Good to see ducks all ready for the cold. By the way – purchased the F&B!!!!!!!!! Strong White and Pavilion Grey! Woop Woop!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      My colour chart is to hand… it’s going to look SO classy!!

  6. Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots November 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    haha. Hope the squirrels don’t decide that they’ll break into the winter quarters to hide their nuts in the large pot housing the ducks.

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Oh gosh… if they do though, they’ll have to share with the mice. Their Home Sweet Home signs are already up in the shed.

  7. Anna November 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Jessica 🙂 I’ve come to the conclusion that they forget most of what they have stashed away judging by the amount of horse chestnut seedlings I pull out every spring.

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Quite. Here it’s baby oak trees…

  8. Jenny November 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Brilliant, l love your first photo of the squirrel slinging to the ducks. I’m glad your ducks are safely tucked up for the winter now.

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I didn’t realise the squirrel was actually hanging on to the ducks until I enlarged the photo, I took it from so far away. We need a longer lens..

  9. Simone November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Great photos Jessica! That poor old squirrel really does look confused!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Simone. It does. As long as he doesn’t now dig up the whole lawn looking for the nuts… Not that it was pristine, after the cow.

  10. snowbird November 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Hahahahaha, I LOVE it! The squirrel and those fab rusty ducks.xxxx

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks snowbird. Ducks safely put away for winter, as I’m not sure if they’re frost proof.

  11. Cathy November 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    That’s a great series of photos, Jessica! And Anna is right – they don’t have a clue where they bury their nuts, although I used to think they buried them in one big store. Experience now tells me otherwise (hazels in our case)…!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      If they spread them around a bit sooner or later they’ll dig in the right place. They certainly make enough holes in the lawn!

  12. Vintage Jane November 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Ha, so funny!!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks VJ!

  13. ournewlifeinthecountry November 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Haha ….. you’re soooo cruel 🙂

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      What’s a girl to do? 🙂

  14. Denise November 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Poor squirrel! But Jessica’s revenge, n’est ce pas??

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      C’est moi?

  15. Janet/Plantaliscious November 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure what delights me more, that you bring the ducks in for winter, or that it confused the poor squireel so! BTW, I think we need an update on that “spin the squirrel” game you have…

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      I’m hoping we’re coming into squirrel spinning season again. They’ve pretty well ignored it all summer and obviously at the moment there are rich pickings elsewhere. But when it gets really cold and they have forgotten where they buried the nuts…. I’m thinking of trying a video. Apparently WordPress has a plugin now.

      • Janet/Plantaliscious November 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

        Oh dear, I am now hoping that something comes and devours all the available squirrel food really soon. I so want to see a video of a spinning squirrel. With sound. Pretty please…

        • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm - Reply

          I shall do my best. But they’ve got to come back to it first… It might be that Twirl-a-Squirrel has actually worked!

  16. Jacqueline November 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Poor little squirrel ….. he must think he’s going mad !!!! I’m sure that he’ll find his booty if he’s anything like our squirrels ….. we watch then digging up the lawn daily !! XXXX

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      There are still plenty of acorns around if he gets hungry. I was watching one literally hanging off a very thin branch over a 20 foot drop onto concrete (and holding my breath). They are so agile!

  17. countrysidetales November 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Now that sounds like petty revenge to me Jessica. I had expected more of you. Next thing you’ll be telling me you’ve put mouse traps down….. 🙂

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Ah, but think of all those lovely birdies, like the long tailed tits, that will have more food to keep their little bodies warm over the cold harsh winter, if the squirrels aren’t around..

  18. Freda November 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Lovely story, beautifully told!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Freda.

  19. Em November 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. Lovely to see the ducks tucked up too!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I don’t know whether ice would start to eat into the rusty layers. Better safe than sorry. Thanks Em.

  20. Crafty Gardener November 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    That’s one for you 🙂 See you in the spring rusty ducks.

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      I don’t get many! But I’m looking forward to getting them out again.

  21. frayed at the edge November 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I love your rusty ducks. Poor squirrel – I hope he finds his nuts!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      He will, or failing that he will be after the bird food. They are survivors, the greys.

  22. knitsofacto November 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! The post that is, not the squirrel on the lawn problem 😉 Don’t all ducks fly off to roost in a bucket winter? 😉

  23. knitsofacto November 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Or even ‘in winter’

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. Some do, others stay. Their fatty layers keep them warm. Wish it worked for me!

  24. wherethejourneytakesme November 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Aaaah…I kinda feel sorry for him!

    • Jessica November 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      He’ll be fine. He’s just sitting there planning how he’s going to steal all the bird food over winter..

  25. CJ November 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I’m laughing. Wonderful photos!

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Thanks CJ. It’s not very often I am on the winning side with the squirrels!

  26. Laura November 12, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Just finished clearing out the backyard at the old house, and my poor basset is just as confused as your squirrel!

    • Laura November 12, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

      (s)old house :o)

      • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

        Aw… hope it’s going well. Good luck, but it’ll be worth it!

  27. Michael's Woodcraft November 12, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    LOL,… love your ducks!

    Rich Colors of Autumn

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      They are lovely aren’t they. Thanks Michael.

  28. nataliescarberry November 12, 2013 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness. I love it and I’m laughing out loud about it on this end. Thanks for making my day with this one. Blessings, Natalie 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome. It’s nice to score one up against them occasionally!

  29. Bilbowaggins November 12, 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Sorry I am late to the party, as usual :{ ‘Fraid I can’t add “how cute” to the comments because you know that when I see a grey the ‘red mist’ comes down and I just want the b*ggers exterminated. I do think your spinner is a wonderful thing though :}

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      I must get the spinner into the shed for Mike to give it a pre-season service..

  30. BadPenny November 12, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    aww sweet x

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Pesky things!

  31. Wendy November 12, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Wonderful! Be careful of his revenge, though.

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      I know. They are back under the rhododendrons with the white board. Plotting..

  32. Jo November 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Poor thing will go hungry now and you’ll have that on your conscience, or not, lol. I love those ducks.

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      I wonder if it’s the same one that ate all my blueberries earlier in the year?

  33. Rosie Nixon , Perthshire Photographer November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    lol I don’t think our squirrels ever come back looking for their acorns.

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      They certainly miss a lot. This year I’ve put a few of the germinated baby oaks in a shallow dish to try and grow a bonsai group. I’ll call it Squirrel Wood, if it survives, in their honour!

  34. Linda November 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    You are hilarious!!!
    Great post…and…i love the fact that you answer every comment!
    I try to do the same…more cosier that way ♥

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica November 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Oh gosh, thanks Linda.
      Comments and replies, having a conversation, is the most enjoyable thing about blogging!

      • Linda November 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

        I absolutely….positively agree!!

        • Jessica November 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

          🙂

  35. Janice Cooke (@jabblog) November 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Ah, poor squirrel . . . maybe he’ll find a way into your bulb store and pay you back for your lac of consideration. (I hope that’s not prophetic.)

  36. Janice Cooke (@jabblog) November 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    . . . ahem! . . . lacK

    • Jessica November 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Fear not Janice, the mice have already beaten him to it!!

  37. Josephine November 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    So funny 🙂
    He really does have THAT confused look on his face. I love those rusty ducks !
    ~Jo

    • Jessica November 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      He was running about today, digging up all over. Not sure I’ve done myself a service..

  38. islandthreads November 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    lol Jessica I just lovely bringing the ducks in for winter ……..
    poor squirrel will it find it’s winter store or will you have a tree in the middle of your lawn next year ……………….. Frances

    • Jessica November 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Were it not for the mower, several trees I’m sure!

  39. Chel C November 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I don’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the little thing. He looks as though he is looking to say ‘pleeease help me find them nice lady’! Am I tugging at your heart strings?!! 🙂 xx

    • Jessica November 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Oh that’s sneaky. You know me too well. 😉 xx

  40. Natalie November 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Nothing like confusing the heck out of a squirrel! Sweet revenge for the birdfeeder raiding.

    • Jessica November 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      It may yet backfire… but I’m looking forward to seeing whether they have remembered the twirler on the bird nuts.

  41. Marian November 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    O, love that picture with the ducks all cuddly together in their winterhome! Such friendly looking ducks as well 😉

    • Jessica November 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      They always seem to me to be smiling! Thanks Marian.

  42. woolythymes November 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    squirrels are so tenacious…i’m sure he’ll be waiting for the ducks return in the spring.

    • Jessica November 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      And stealing the bird food in the meantime. Let battle commence..

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