I May Have Made An Enemy

 

Squirrel 025 Wm

 

“Hey, Human…”

 
 

Squirrel 024 Wm

 

“What did you do with the bird feeder?”

Me: “It’s gone.”

 
 

Squirrel 019 Wm

 

“Gone? What do you mean, gone??? I’m hungry!”

Me: “You spoilt it for the birds and you spoilt it for me. It’s gone.”

 
 

Squirrel 026 Wm

 

“Arghh Humans! Always over-reacting.”

 
 

Squirrel 023 Wm

 

“Put it back.”

“No.”

 
 

Squirrel 021 Wm

 

“OK, I’ll ask nicely.” (And deploy my cutest, hurt and most regretful face..)

“No.”

 
 

Squirrel 016 Wm

 

“Right then, I’m coming in. I’ll chew through this window. You see if I don’t..”

“Sorry. Double glazing you see. Virtually impregnable.”

 
 

Squirrel 017 Wm

 

“So I’ll just stare you out. I can keep it up you know, until you put that feeder back”

 
 

Squirrel 020 Wm

 

“I can do it. See? SEE? Persistent is my middle name. I NEVER give up.”

 
 

Paper in window 001 Wm

 
 

Squirrel 018b Wm

 
 
 

I May Have Made An Enemy

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2017-02-15T19:22:44+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Tags: |138 Comments

138 Comments

  1. Marian St.Clair April 8, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Thank you, thank you! What a great way to start the day. I’ve never seen a squirrel stick its tounge out! I’m almost rolling off the chair:^)

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure it’s a pretty sight, but better than all the calling cards he’s been leaving on the window sill 🙂

  2. Christina April 8, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

    But a friend here, I kept smiling more and more – always a good thing! Where have you put the feeder?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      It’s temporarily back in the shed. I may have another go this weekend, I’d like to get a video of the squirrel leaping on to the window ledge.

  3. ontheedgegardening April 8, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I think you have! 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Last time I had to amass defensive weaponry it was the pheasant..

  4. Backlane Notebook April 8, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Oh what a scream.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I will if he catches me unawares..

  5. Pauline April 8, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Oh Jessica, what a laugh, I’ve never seen a squirrel pull tongues before, fantastic post!
    Where have you put the feeder, don’t worry I won’t tell it?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      I didn’t realise he’d done it until I saw the photo, it’s a classic! The feeder is back in the shed for now, but I will have another go with it. Not least because I want a video of the squirrel on the window ledge. It’s proving a challenge to get.

  6. willow April 8, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    That is the best little photo story – I will be smiling at the squirrel’s many expressions, though of course he deserves it!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      They are impossible. The birds have hardly had a look in since the squirrel found the feeder. And the mess…

  7. Julie.C April 8, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Oh bless, that was so funny I was not expecting him to stick his little tounge out.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Nor me Julie! Cheeky little wotsit he is.

  8. Rick Nelson April 8, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Brilliant! You will have to watch your back now jd 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      I know. He’s too stealthy by half. Thanks Rick.

  9. Amy at love made my home April 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    He literally is sticking his tongue out at you!!! They are little wotsits aren’t they!! xx

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      They are. And as ever he shows every sign of enjoying the chase.

  10. New Moons For Old April 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Just the funniest thing!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      🙂

  11. Bumbleabdme April 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    So funny!!! I’m laughing out loud. Xxx

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hannah.

  12. Vera April 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    The battle continues………am now going to wipe the rice pudding I am having for dessert off my computer because I had a spluttery moment as I was reading your blog. Not to worry, the laughter you gave me was worth the task of cleaning up! And yes, we do eat our lunch at our computers!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Sorry Vera. Hope it didn’t get between the keys 🙁

  13. Sam April 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Ha ha brilliant 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sam.

  14. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD April 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    You should have told him that HE ruined it for the birds! Such cute faces and such annoying critters.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Looks can be so deceiving!

  15. Linda April 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hhaha! How hilarious! Love picture posts…this made my Friday morning…for sure!
    They can be so annoying…and so cute at the same time…
    I have my moments with my little “Red” as I am sure you have seen!
    Have a wonderful weekend…we are still cold here….way below normal temps!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Their antics are extremely funny, the trouble is the birds don’t get a look in. Mr Squirrel comes along and scoffs all the food in one sitting!

  16. justjilluk April 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Ha ha. What a poser. Brilliant.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      He seemed fascinated by the window. We wondered whether he could see his reflection, or had heard something in the roof. Thanks Jill.

  17. Denise April 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Poor chap. Reduced to licking bird food residue from your window like that…he’ll be setting up a pitch on your window ledge, you know, with a sign and flat cap with a few manky nuts therein – ‘Wife and 35 children to support. Please give generously.’

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      He doesn’t look exactly malnourished though does he. Bright eyed and bushy tailed I’d call it. And the 35 children will have done well out of the last lot of nuts we paid a fortune for I have no doubt.

  18. Jayne Hill April 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Oh, glorious – you couldn’t make it up!!

    Be careful The Media don’t get hold of your dastardly behaviour – I can see the headlines now “poor defenceless squirrel deeply traumatised by actions of callous householder!”

    BTW, where did you move the feeder to, and is the swirly-twirly thing back in action for the summer?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Poor defenceless squirrel my butt. I shall claim extreme provocation and the natural actions of a woman subjected to sustained stalking. The feeder is in the shed for the mo. And the swirly-twirly thing would be in action had they not run down the batteries. Again.

  19. Julieanne April 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    A genuine LOL moment!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      It is amusing seeing the squirrel on the window ledge I must admit. Even banging on the glass doesn’t shift him now.

  20. germac4 April 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Very funny, and so cute. Well you just have to give him capital P for persistence don’t t you? We don’t have squirrels here, but I have often heard they are a problem…I can see why!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      I’m sure there are plenty of other equally problematic critters over there.. possums?

  21. Kristin April 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve just started reading your blog, and I am staying! This was fabulous, and I have tears in my eyes from laughing.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristin, thanks and you’re very welcome. Please do stay!

  22. Jennifer April 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    How funny! Your squirrel and mine need to form an alliance, then they’ll get plenty to eat.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      An alliance of squirrels could be a dangerous thing.. I’m quite convinced they’ll take over the world one day. Either them or the mice.

  23. Simone April 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I love it Jessica! What a cheeky little squirrel. I will swap you a squirrel for a fox! 🙂

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Simone! No need to swop, I’ll happily provide as many squirrels as you would like 🙂

  24. Glenda April 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh,the absolute best post EVER. I got the biggest chuckle out of it, HILARIOUS, I hadn’t expected the ending. I always look very forward to your posts. Happy Spring to you and all of your readers.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Glenda and thanks! And a very Happy Spring to you too. It’s the very best time of year 🙂

  25. Archie The Wonder Dog April 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Brilliant post – I’m still laughing!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Archie. That last photo makes me laugh every time I look at it, even though it’s been quite a few times now!

  26. Rosie April 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, I think you have made an enemy! The blobbed out tongue is so funny:)

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      They are such a pain aren’t they, but you can’t help laughing at their antics 🙂

  27. Tahoe girl April 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Oh my, that is just hysterical…. It made my day… such great pictures and of course dialogue from the critter!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks. I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

  28. pollymacleod April 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    LOL brilliant, priceless. I will keep re-visiting and chuckling. A very clever capture, well done.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      A purely by chance capture. I was looking at the squirrel from a different angle to the camera so just kept clicking and then went back to see what I’d got. The technique Mike disparagingly refers to as ‘press and pray’.

  29. Anne Wheaton April 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    He’ll be in through the thatch before you know it! Great photos.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      There is something in the roof space. He’s on the list of potential culprits. Thanks Anne.

  30. Freda April 8, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Jessica!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks Freda.

  31. AnnetteM April 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    So funny! Still laughing. How could you resist? Well I know how actually, but great photos.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      It’s in the squirrel’s best interests to be restrained occasionally. Seeds and nuts contain a lot of fat 🙂

  32. Anna April 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Aaaaaaagh! The stuff of nightmares. You have to admire the sheer persistence.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Now I’ll be having nightmares about squirrels waiting for me outside the window. As long as they stay outside..

  33. sadasilva April 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Oh dear. He will be picketing next..!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      It wouldn’t surprise me. Or bring all his friends and relations along in support..

  34. wherefivevalleysmeet April 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Jessica – made my evening. Hope he doesn’t discover another way in though.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      You and me both..

  35. KarenB. April 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Hahahahahahahahah that is so funny! Thanks for posting!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome! Thanks Karen.

  36. Alain April 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I wonder who will win…

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      It won’t be me.

  37. Kris P April 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Hilarious! Your squirrels are more gutsy than mine, not that that’s something to be proud of, I suppose. I can’t imagine “my” squirrels hanging about if I were that close, even with a window pane between us. They’re equally persistent, though. They’ve been back to the “guaranteed squirrel proof” feeder, seeking entry from new angles but they’re still failing (thus far).

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      I really will have to get one of those. There is no device yet that has withstood the attentions of the English squirrel, not here anyway. I now have to open the window and put my hand out (cautiously) to get him to move off. Banging on the glass doesn’t do it anymore, even when he’s right on the other side of it.

  38. Caro April 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I love that you resorted to putting sheets of paper in front of the window to block him out – classic! Does he visit every day?

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Several times every day since he discovered the bird feeder (see previous post). I’m hoping that if I leave the feeder down for a few days he might forget about it. Faint hope maybe..

  39. ann hyde April 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    NOTICE TO SQUIRREL – DON’T GIVE IN!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      He won’t need telling Ann. I’ll end up papering over the whole window 🙁

  40. Janet/Plantaliscious April 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Only you could provoke a squirrel into poking is tongue out!! Such a shame you’ve had to nix the feathered office entertainment though.

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Yep, I miss them. They’d become part of the office scenery. A bad mannered squirrel just isn’t the same.

  41. CJ April 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Oh I laughed out loud at those last two photos. Poor squirrel, it’s a hard life. You have made sure the back door is closed haven’t you..? CJ xx

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Whatever is in the roofspace is having a good old scratch around up there this evening. Tunnelling maybe.. eeep.

  42. elaine April 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Hilarious

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elaine. Hope things are improving for you now.

  43. Helene April 8, 2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Oh my, I am still laughing!!! I must admit I have much fun with them here in my garden too, even though they do a LOT of damage. Still laughing 🙂

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      There was one around this morning, possibly the same one, I’ve never seen move so fast. They are so very agile, great fun to watch. Thanks Helene.

  44. Amy April 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Oh drat! But how pathetic 😉 I’m sure this post will be long remembered, except by SN, who is undoubtedly moving on to future strategies…!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Yes, I’m quite sure they are busy plotting their next move. Wherever there is bird feed there will be squirrels. Little monkeys.

  45. angie the freckled rose April 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Oh my, this is hysterical! All those picture definitely struck my funny bone because I couldn’t stop laughing! Those rodents are smart and determined, I don’t care what anyone says. They totally know what’s up and won’t stop until they find food. I love the photo of the squirrel’s tongue on the glass. Priceless!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      They’re extremely intelligent, no doubt why they have been so successful both sides of the pond. Thanks Angie.

  46. Beth @ PlantPostings April 9, 2016 at 3:59 am - Reply

    This is the best post I’ve seen in a long time. I was laughing out loud and had to share the story with my better half. Thank you for sharing, and what an amazing series of photos (and dialogue). Bravo!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Beth. I was lucky the squirrel hung around and gave me such a great choice of shots!

  47. Susan Garrett April 9, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    That last image is a classic

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      It’s great isn’t it. It still has me laughing every time I see it.

  48. Chloris April 9, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Wonderful. Did he confine himself to sticking out his tongue or did he swear at you too? I have a friend who used to feed her squirrel , but if she forgot or was late, he used to curse her very aggressively through the window, or follow her round the garden shouting at her.

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Lovely! That ought to be held up as a lesson to all those who think about feeding squirrels. Although it’s the robin who is the terrorist here. When they run out of seed he stands on the bird table looking in through the kitchen window and tells me in no uncertain terms that I have failed in my duty.

  49. Natalie April 9, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Bahahahaha! EXCELLENT! Little bastard… why do squirrels always have to go and ruin everything?!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Why indeed!

  50. Indie April 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Bwahahaha!!!! That is one awesome post. Your squirrels seem to have the same amount of attitude as mine do! Love that tongue-sticking-out pic!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      They have attitude in abundance. Coupled with an unending sense of fun. It makes for great pictures.

  51. CherryPie April 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    The last photo made me laugh out loud 🙂

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      A classic case of being in the right place at the right time.. I wish I could get more like that one.

  52. derrickjknight April 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Jackie got to this one first. I just had to ask her what was making her shriek with laughter. Brilliant

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Derrick. Glad I could get the squirrel to oblige!

  53. Donna@Gardens Eye View April 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    wow he has personality and persistence….I have never seen a squirrel at our window like that! That last photo is priceless!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      After taking the feeder down I left the camera at the window on the off-chance the squirrel would come back and to see what he did. I was amply rewarded.

  54. pagedogs April 9, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    I half expected to see him knocking on the glass. But the tongue (… !!!) was even better.

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Knocking on the glass will be the next thing I’m sure..

  55. Cathy April 10, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Wonderful combination of words and photos Jessica – I laughed all the way through and forwarded it and your last post to the Golfer who was equally amused. Wonderful stuff ????

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cathy.

  56. Island Threads April 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    what a shame, squirrel nutkin up to tricks as usual, (I know he was a red squirrel but I think they are all mischievous), the photo where he/she is leaning his/her head on one side, to me he/she is saying, pleassse, pretty pleassse, the birds in the previous post are a delight to see so close, though I can imagine they would be a great distraction and not much work would get done, Frances

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      They were a distraction but such a pleasant one. It’s so quiet without them!

  57. ginaferrari April 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    That is so funny. I can’t keep bird feeders in my garden either… Pesky squirrels!

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      At least we are getting to the time of year when the birds can look after themselves. I shall just keep the peanut feeder for the woodpeckers, protected by the twirler. They are on it all day if they are raising chicks.

  58. Helen Johnstone April 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    You are so mean!

    • Jessica April 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      It looks like the squirrels agree.. 🙁

  59. Sue C. April 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    That is so good – laughing out loud here. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this battle. Shame to lose your window feeder though.

    • Jessica April 11, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      It is a shame. But I think if we’d left it there the squirrel would have pulled it off the window and that really would have been the end of it.

  60. Jo April 11, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    There were two blog posts on Friday that made me smile throughout the day & yours was one of them. I adored scrolling through each of the photos and laughed & laughed when I got to the last one. It went some way to brightening up a bad week. Thank you xx

    • Jessica April 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Very happy to be of service Jo. It must have been a very busy week for you, at work certainly. I hope this one is a bit quieter.

  61. jannaschreier April 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    FABULOUS!

    • Jessica April 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Wretched squirrels… 🙂

  62. Sarah April 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Which of you will win this battle, or will there be another challenge to overcome?!!!!! Sarah x

    • Jessica April 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      It will run and run.. He may have won this round but I will be forever on the lookout for a truly squirrel proof feeder!

  63. Tanya T April 12, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

    The pages in front of the window… priceless!!

    • Jessica April 14, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      The squirrel was back yesterday.. I heard a scuffle on the window sill, turned around and there he was looking in at me. He hasn’t given up yet!

  64. SmallP April 12, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I actually laughed out loud! That is brilliant. The last photo is absolutely priceless 🙂 xx

    • Jessica April 14, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks. What a gift that photo was. I couldn’t have set it up if I’d tried 🙂

  65. snowbird April 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! He is clearly angered!xxx

    • Jessica April 14, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

      He’s very cute. But feeding one squirrel is definitely the thin end of the wedge.

  66. Josephine April 16, 2016 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Ooh Jessica, absolutely hilarious 🙂
    Those squirrels are absolutely determined, keep your eye on that window frame…..I have a feeling he is not walking away that easily !
    ~Jo

    • Jessica April 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      He isn’t. He was back yet again this morning and it must be a week now since we took the feeder down. He just sits there peering in at me..

  67. Val April 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    That is brilliant! Poor squirrel! But poor birds, too. Try some chilli on the bird feeder, birds aren’t bothered by it but squirrels are. My husband used to use chilli sauce smeared on it and it worked.

    • Jessica April 19, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Hi Val and welcome.
      I think we’ve tried everything there is going.. the chilli powder did work for a little while but the squirrels came to terms with even that! They are so determined.

  68. Peter/Outlaw April 30, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

    This is adorable! Thanks for the smile to start the weekend. I removed my bird feeders because of other rodents that were fond of visiting at night, the squirrels didn’t bother me all that much. Good luck with your new enemy!

    • Jessica April 30, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

      There’s always something isn’t there. Squirrels can present themselves as oh so cute but they’re such a nuisance.

  69. annie_h May 3, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Oh that made me laugh so much!! It sounds like he’s going to be persistent.

    • Jessica May 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      That’s squirrels alright. Persistent. But he’s lost this one. Now it’s just the garden feeders I have to keep chasing them away from! Thanks Annie.

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