Minnesota Squirrel Watching: A Retirees Dream
Three Squirrels Today
We Watch Them - Not Eat Them
I love to watch the squirrels in my yard. My husband and son like to eat them. I find the squirrels to be a gummy, chewy mass of meat.
I don't compare them to chicken. I preferred eating the meat cold after it sat in the refrigerator for a couple days. Even then, I was a little squeemish, knowing that I was eating something that was previously running across my yard. My husband laughingly referred to it as a tree rat, which added to my discomfort of even 'trying it'.
That is NOT my main focus in squirrel watching. I prefer to take pictures of them and watch them.
Although I did look up the nutritional information for you, dear reader, if you so choose to eat a squirrel.
They Find Things to Eat in the Grass
Those 'Squirrel Proof' Feeders: A Review
The First Photo Again... A Little Closer and Bigger
Oh Ohhh... Squirrel Standoff - Backed Out on a Limb
A Barrel of Walnuts for my Sawmill
Yes - I Have a Sawmill for Walnuts
Since I have umpteen million walnuts, I thought it would be cool to build a sawmill to slice them. I was raised around Minnesota in various locations and one location was Grand Marais, where my father worked for a sawmill. We lived across the Gunflint Trail from the mill and I was allowed to visit and see how the mill operated.
This was the inspiration for my own sawmill, plus I had a mother who was extremely interested in basket making and I saw firsthand the various methods of basket making.
The sawmill slices the walnuts and they are then ready for any type of craftwork that you can think to use them for.
These walnuts are one of the reasons I have forty plus squirrels. Well, the walnuts and the acorns play a large part... We have a lot of oak trees also.
Squirrels Eat Black Walnuts - See Them?
Lots of Walnut Trees in My Yard
Again, Squirrel Finding Food in the Grass by Oak Tree - Acorns
They Are Extremely Fast... a Blur!
Constantly Picking Up Nuts and Eating Them
Does a Person Grow Tired of Watching Them?
I don't think so. My grandma, lived in Duluth, Minnesota for 92 years, and she put out peanuts and seed for them, plus her birds.
My neighbor was 101 when she passed away and she put out peanuts for squirrels on her porch. Now, we had a hole in our roof and the squirrel chose to crawl in there and put literally thousands of nuts in the space. Squirrels do that. They are cool like that. That's how they roll,
My Dog Loves to Chase Them - Bertha the German Shorthair
and Then There Are Those Pesky Birds... Bluejay
Bluejay Love to Eat Corn Too
This Squirrel is Eating MY Walnuts!!!!
Don't Get Me Wrong
I'm not extremely upset about the walnuts, but I do have some stories about the truckload of nuts that my aunt and uncle dropped off last year. There were six boxes of nuts that they had raked up and since I was only working on the sawmill and didn't have it functioning, the nuts sat there through the winter.
Of course, the squirrels thought that was great. All these square hollow trees with nuts inside....
I'm sure THEY had stories to tell, too!
More Pesky Birds - Woodpecker
The Target Area - Corn on a Skewer - It's What's for Dinner!
Squirrels Dig in the Snow to Find Buried Walnuts
These Last For a Few Hours
More Pesky Birds - Cardinal
A Beautiful Plume Tail
The Squirrels Rule the Spool
Fairly Tall, Too!
Squirrels Stand Proudly and Tail is Used to Steady
Squirrel Eating from Squirrel Proof Feeder
Three Squirrels at Once
Squirrels Do Not Like to Share
I Think We Need the Fire Department - Or 911
Squirrels are Interesting
My dog will chase the squirrels across the yard and will sit for hours, either staring up into the tree or barking until I am quite sure that she is going to have a sore throat, if not, at least a little hoarse. But, still, again - day after day she assumes her duties in the yard, moving squirrels from tree to tree.
That's it!! She's not chasing squirrels. She's a control hound...
How About You?
Do you like to watch the antics of Squirrels?
I'm sorry to have to break this to you, but just because you put out corn, you may not get any squirrels. I know. I know. It's a hard fact to have to fathom, but it's true and I'm sorry to hurt you.
Cook Time - If You Plan on Cooking a Squirrel
- 1 squirrel
- 8 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salt
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||126|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 14 g||22%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Carbohydrates 0 g|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 96 g||192%|
|Cholesterol 379 mg||126%|
|Sodium 372 mg||16%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|