Squirrels In A Spin, THE MOVIE!!




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  1. Chloris August 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    A lovely film, so funny. You obviously have a new career in the making. Where will it all lead?
    That squirrel is nothing if not determined. You could see he was getting annoyed by the way he kept fluffing up his tail, but there was no way he was going to give up.
    Did you plan all this whilst you were lying awake because of your noisy owls?
    I am so impressed by your film making skills- wonderful!

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chloris. It’s been in the planning for quite a while, but took time to get the footage (there’s never a squirrel around when you want one!) and even longer to do the editing and learn software etc.

  2. Marian St.Clair August 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Worth the wait! Looking forward to the sequel.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      The squirrels never give up, I’m sure there will be one!

  3. snowbird August 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    OMG…..how can that squirrel keep going! I felt dizzy just watching it. Loved it, and the woodpecker….I hope a fragment of peanut was gotten!xxx

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      The original ‘Twirl-A-Squirrel’ seemed to just keep on going till the batteries ran out and there are some hilarious videos of squirrels hanging on for several minutes at a time. These days they twirl for 20 seconds and then stop for five, three cycles. The squirrels know this, of course. But at least there’s less risk now of them being harmed. And as you see, here at least, they don’t fall far and have a soft landing on top of my herbs!

  4. Amy at love made my home August 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica!!!!!!!!! This is so funny!!!! They seem to be getting better at hanging on, but they don’t seem to be able to get anything out of the feeder so you wonder why they keep trying! It is almost as though they just enjoy the ride. Your film is great, I love the music and the production of it all. Are you sure that you and Mike are not filmmakers and you are just keeping it secret from us! I loved the way that the woodpecker was busy having a go at the bird table and the got chased off and when a bird flew in for a peck at the feeder and then flew off again when he saw the squirrel in full spinning action. I hope that you have good weekend watching the squirrels spinning. xx

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      The twirler does stop after a bit and then they do get their nuts! It takes them a while to learn this but once they do they just hang on for dear life until they get the reward at the end. The squirrel early on in the sequence is still learning the ropes, that’s The Rookie!

  5. Jo August 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    It doesn’t look like it’s going to give up, I was starting to go dizzy just watching it.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      No, they never give up. And it’s not as if they’re desperate for food. The paths in the wood are littered with cob nuts now, the squirrels could just wander along and pick them up. I can only conclude that they enjoy the spinner, or at least relish the challenge!

  6. Anna August 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Jessica! It’s amazing just how tenacious they are. When I’ve recovered my equilibrium after all that spinning I’m going to invite our squirrels in to watch a late afternoon matinee performance of your film. After laughing so much I might even provide some nuts in the interlude.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      They’ll be wanting one of their own!

  7. angiesgardendiaries August 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Scream if ya wanna go faster!!
    Amazing video Jessica – thoroughly enjoyed it. He’s persistent, I’ll give him that. The thought of Mr Squirrel will keep a smile on my face all night. Thank you so much for allowing us to share such a wonderful garden moment with us.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Angie. My editing was obviously too good though, it’s more than one squirrel really. There are four around the garden at the moment but three in the film I think, duly credited at the end. I’m still smiling too. It may not be the best deterrent but for entertainment value alone the twirler is worth every penny.

  8. sustainablemum August 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Utterly brilliant. You have very persistent squirrels! I take it you were using a tripod I wouldn’t have been able to hold the camera steady!

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      I used a highly sophisticated set up. My iPad, balanced on a pile of cookery books on the kitchen window sill!

  9. wherefivevalleysmeet August 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Ten out of ten and a gold star to that squirrel for his tenacity – and ten out of ten and a gold star to you Jessica for your excellent film.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary. There are some continuity issues.. sometimes there are fat balls in the holder and sometimes not. And the film also manages to document the progressive removal of the astilbes, all there, half there and gone! It won’t get me an oscar.

  10. Antoinette August 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Great bit of film! ๐Ÿ™‚ Persistent blighters aren’t they? But oh so cute and lovely to watch. Thanks for making me smile.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome. I still smile every time I see it and we’ve had the twirler over a year.

  11. Sue@GLAllotments August 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Lovely it made me dizzy just watching. I did feel like giving the squirrel a round of applause for determination.

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      If they’ve gone the three rounds that the twirler turns they’re a bit dizzy themselves.. it doesn’t stop them leaping straight back on though. They’re like kids at Thorpe Park.

  12. hoehoegrow August 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    And the sequel – ‘Carry on spinning’ ! Very amusing – except where the naughty squirrel scared off the woodpecker.
    I would lay bets that the squirrels are currently planning their next move – perhaps some flying machine, which they can fly wearing Biggles – goggles ?

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      I’m amazed they haven’t yet found a way of breaking it.. I thought for sure we’d come down one morning to find the batteries neatly extracted and left on the bird table for all to see.

  13. Freda August 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply


    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks Freda.

  14. Mark and Gaz August 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Cool, and funny!!

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      The funniest are the new squirrels on the block, before they’ve got the hang of it. I once tried, actually was volunteered to try, a bucking broncho machine in Arizona. When the options are staying on or getting flung off you find an awful lot of resolve. Even after a few glasses of wine.

  15. Vera August 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply


    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      The birdies nut budget is looking a lot healthier these days. Even taking into account the cost of the twirler’s batteries.

  16. elaine August 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Hilarious – but you have to feel sorry for the poor old thing

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      They come back every day and it’s their own choice, there is plenty of other food around. They either like the thrill or they’re just determined to beat the damn thing.

  17. CJ August 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I’m laughing, they’re so persistent. I’m surprised they don’t get travel sick. Brilliant video, I loved it. Hope you have a good weekend, watching your mad squirrels trying to get at the nuts. CJ xx

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      I know, but they still leap straight back on. These days I’d be headed for a darkened room.

  18. Attila August 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    My cat loves your video ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Attila and welcome to rusty duck.
      The birds all sit in the surrounding trees and watch.. I think they rather enjoy the spectacle as well!

  19. Marigold Jam August 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    What a hoot! A lesson there for us maybe – Never ever give up! But was it worth the effort for a peanut I wonder? Loved the titles at the end you have definitely missed your vocation!

    • Jessica August 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      If they hold on long enough they get their peanuts. I kind of feel they deserve it by then!

  20. nataliescarberry August 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Oh, I love it, Jessica. The little bugger got exactly what he deserves. I wish I had one of those on my bird feeders. Hugs, Natalie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

      The twirler came from your side of the pond, so it should be easily available. It’s called ‘Twirl A Squirrel’!!

  21. Alain August 9, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    It certainly was worth the wait. I thought the music was well-chosen for the action. These squirrels don’t give up, do they! Good luck in your new career!

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I was a bit limited in choice of music. The whole area is a minefield so I decided to play safe and go for royalty free. As it turned out, it does work very well, I could almost have edited the action to match the beat although it’s happened that way by sheer chance. By the time I’d listened to it a few times though it was beginning to grate I have to admit.

  22. Sigrun August 9, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

    You are an artist – and the squirrel to – it must be drunken now! A wonderful video.


    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 10:09 am - Reply

      They do look rather drunken if they’ve been for a long spin. It doesn’t last though, not long enough to put them off trying again! You would think there would be easier food elsewhere.

  23. Denise August 9, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Andy and I enjoyed this ENORMOUSLY! Primrose and Daisy are setting up a series of Squirrel Spinners in the back garden as we speak in an Alton Towers for Animals theme park kind of way. Misplaced entrepreneurial spirit, I think, but it’s keeping them away from my herb garden!

    Thank you for the laugh! X

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      It might work, but Primrose and Daisy need to ensure they charge enough per ride. Batteries (and nuts) are expensive these days.
      You’re very welcome. Glad you had a good holiday x

  24. Helen August 9, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    That’s hilarious! I think you should be a YouTube sensation!

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helen. The squirrels, of course, must take all the credit.

  25. rachel August 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I did enjoy it, thank you. But are those squirrels intelligently persistent, or just slow learners, d’you think?

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      They are smart. If they can hold on for 20 seconds the twirler stops and they get 5 seconds worth of nibbling time. After three such cycles it stops altogether. Once they’ve cottoned on it’s down to grim determination for the reward at the end. It’s the new squirrels on the block who provide all the entertainment value!

  26. steph August 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    this is definitely due to go viral any minute!!!!! can’t wait for the sequel!!!

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      For the sequel I will need to refresh the batteries. Then the twirler goes so fast we get a horizontal tail..

  27. Em August 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    OB and his friend found it highly using too!

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      We do have to keep an eye on it.. sometimes the squirrels upset the calibration. We have been known to twirl-a-woodpecker, and even a blue tit!

  28. Crafty Gardener August 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    What a determined squirrel that was.

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      They never seem to give up Linda!

  29. Rosie August 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Oh, what fun! Well for us watching anyway – I don’t know how the squirrel felt about it all but it kept coming back for more so not totally put out about the experience perhaps? Love the woodpecker trying to get his five minutes of fame:)

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      I do get the feeling they quite enjoy it, they keep coming back for more and food is not exactly scarce at the moment. Which wasn’t the idea really, the twirling is supposed to put them off!

  30. Cathy August 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    We did indeed enjoy it Jessica – worth all your filming and editing efforts. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome!

  31. Isabelle August 10, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    When is your next film coming out? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I’m sure they will give me enough material for a sequel. Maybe when we put new batteries in the twirler.. it goes faster then. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Janet/Plantaliscious August 10, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Wonderful, thank you, well worth the wait – and the teaser! I fear they are learning to love the twirling though, and may start queuing up…

    • Jessica August 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      I have a horrible feeling you are right.

  33. AnnetteM August 10, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    That was so funny and great music which added to it. I have dabbled a bit in editing home movies and know how long it takes – really worth the effort though as it was so good. Do the squirrels actually get dizzy when they fall off?

    • Jessica August 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks, fun though too isn’t it?
      They do get dizzy. There are a few head twitching moments while they readjust, then some foot stamping and tail fluffing in what I can only interpret as frustration. Then they leap straight back on for another go..

  34. SeagullSuzie August 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, I love squirrels and they were always great fun to watch, but that spinning feeder does the job, that squirrel looked dizzy as it jumped off. Well done, it looks very well put together and with the credits too…wow!

    • Jessica August 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks. I was using very out of date software and was amazed at what it could actually do. Might stump up for the upgrade next time!

  35. Chel @Sweetbriar Dreams August 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! Really enjoyed this and laughed all the way through. Such a dizzy squirrel ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chel. They are very funny. Even after several months if I hear the twirler start up I rush to the window and watch. We’re just waiting for the revenge attack really, a banana skin of some sort left outside the back door?

  36. Sarah August 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    It made me quite dizzy watching! I’m amazed the squirrel kept coming back for more! Daisy enjoyed watching your video too! Sarah x

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Twirling must be addictive for squirrels!

  37. Suzanne August 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Absolutely awesome!

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      It’s the leap straight up from the ground that impresses me. Gravity defying.

  38. CherryPie August 11, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Crikey!!! That is one determined squirrel….

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Three determined squirrels!

  39. casa mariposa August 11, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Too funny! I wonder what they were saying to each other after they finally got off the feeder! But they’re the eternal optimists so they’ll probably keep going back again and again…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      They get so protective over the feeder. If another squirrel turns up there’s a fight.

  40. Annie August 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    You realise don’t you that the ultimate sanction for squirrel parents in your neighbourhood is no twirler time at Jessica’s.

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      They do seem to treat it as one big game. Before the twirler we used to chase them down the garden with a water pistol. They’d shoot up a tree and sit on a branch that was just out of the pistol’s range. Infuriating. Especially as I could see them grinning.

  41. Anne Wheaton August 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Hahaha – determined aren’t they?

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Just a bit!

  42. frayed at the edge August 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Fabulous – I was starting to feel dizzy by the end!

    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      They can only manage to stay aboard if they keep their heads tucked in, close to the feeder. If the head starts to wobble about that’s it. Terra firma.

  43. Sue. August 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Great movie. Have a look at John Greys blog ‘Going Gentley’ re amusing video of an a Magpie and a dog.


    • Jessica August 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue. Thanks, I will.

  44. SmallP August 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    That is absolutely brilliant. I would never have guessed that they would have had such determination. You must find a competition to enter it into. I am sure you would win ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica August 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      It was just done for a bit of fun.. Our furry friends seem to enjoy themselves too, either that or they get so infuriated with the thing they’re determined to beat it!

  45. Laura August 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I had no idea the squirrels would be so large and so fat!

    • Jessica August 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      They eat far too many of the birds’ nuts!

  46. Linda@arichtapestey August 15, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

    A funny movie – just what we needed right now to start our day. It also entertained our young grandson (waiting at ours before going off to his sport activities).
    Have a good day yourself.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      The squirrels do keep us amused. Except that they have just started digging up the lawn again to bury their nuts. I’m glad your grandson enjoyed the movie!

  47. Ken B. August 16, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Those appear to be those obnoxious North American gray squirrels. I hope they are in England and not in France!

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Ken and welcome to rusty duck.
      They are indeed. And we seem to provide a home to an unfair proportion of the UK population at that.

  48. Caro August 17, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Great fun and beautifully edited, Jessica. I hadn’t realised that the feeder was battery operated but now would really like one for the garden here! Nice to see your herbs have grown well under the bird feeding table; I remember your earlier post where you wondered what would survive! Caro x

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Caro, I’m pleased with the herbs too. There’s just a gap directly under the nut feeder.. birds pecking, squirrels falling and mice undermining my poor chamomile, it doesn’t stand a chance!

  49. Natalie August 20, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    HAHAHAHAH! THat was excellent!! They just won’t give up, will they? That poor little woodpecker!

    • Jessica August 20, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

      They never give up. And now they’ve started hurling nuts at me from the trees as I walk underneath. Retaliation??

  50. islandthreads September 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    well done Jessica, they are a very determined little creatures, Frances

    • Jessica September 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      They certainly are. And now of course they’re into storing their bounty for the winter so the lawn is peppered with holes. Nuts from the trees and from the feeder.

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