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Squirrels - Adventures of Chip, Dale and, Bob (it is a new generation)

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Shyron is a retired Customer Service Rep. for Verizon. Colleges attended: Triton, Melrose Park, Illinois and Elgin, in Elgin, Illinois.

How Three Squirrels, Raided Our Birdfeeder and Stole our Hearts!


When we first put-up the bird feeders, Hubby was filling them up daily. He said "the birds are eating us out of house and home." Just days later, I hear Hubby yell, "Come look at this little son-of-a-gun!" Hubby tapped on the window, and the squirrel scampered up the tree behind the detached garage.


I named him Bob - i.e. bob-tail

Bob - the bob-tail squirrel
Bob - the bob-tail squirrel | Source

Lucky to be alive!


Shortly after that another squirrel joined the first. And then there were two, and then three. The third one was different.

When I first saw the third squirrel, and saw that he did not have a tail, just a stub. The bob-tail squirrel probably got his tail bit off by a coyote, he was lucky to be alive.


Weeks and pounds of bird seed later


My husband was playing with the squirrels, at the same time, trying to; figure-out a way, to keep them out of the birdfeeder. For the next few months they kept getting into the birdfeeder, and had broken it many times, and every time we saw one of them, Hubby or I, would run outside with the little alarm, that when the pin is pulled sets off a piercing sound, and the squirrels would run behind the detached garage and up the tree.

Some weeks, and pounds of bird seed later, the squirrel that was on the birdfeeder that day, stopped running, and just sat and looked at us, and only ran when, I got within a foot of him.


Hubby tried to lower the boom on the “son of a gun."


So Hubby rigged up a boom, out of two cans, with weights on each one, tied with strong string, so that we could drop them on him, as he was eating. Guess what? I think the squirrel is psychic! I watched as Hubby tried to lower the boom on the “son of a gun”, while he was feasting on the bird seed, Hubby opened the front door, the squirrel looked at me, in the window when he heard the beep of the door being opened, it was as if, he knew what was about to happen, he jumped down, and the boom missed him. When I told Hubby what happened, he said “you talk like; you think the thing can reason.”


Hubby lowered the boom!

Within half an hour, squirrely was back, I watched as Hubby lowered the boom and this time it hit squirrely, squarely on the rump. Squirrely jumped down, onto the ground and one of the cans fell off the string and onto the ground beside him. He turned around and went up to the can to inspect it. I guess when he did not find it a threat; he decided to eat the seed on the ground.


The next morning he was back, and I was wishing I had studied how to do the short films on my digital camera. This time, it was my turn to lower the boom. Hubby was watching as I went out and unwound the string, to lower the boom. And "boom"! I made a direct hit with the one can that was left, and again he ran away.


Hubby and I both love watching the squirrel's antics

When I came back inside, Hubby was laughing, because Squirrely was back, and upon the T-Post that the bird feeders hang from, and he was inspecting the boom, cans, and weight that had fallen on him. Squirrely, was like a puppy, slowly sneak up to the can, sniffing it, and then jump back, then cautiously walk up sniff, and then jump back again.


This is hysterical!! We both loved watching the squirrel's antics. But it was getting expensive to feed bird seed to the squirrels.

I have to learn how, to make mini movies with my digital camera. I told Hubby.


That is when I gave them names!

I had begun to tell my cousin about them, and that is when I gave them the names Chip, and Dale, because I love the chipmunks, and Bob, because he has a bob-tail.



Trying, to out-fox the squirrels!

The raids on the birdfeeders went on for weeks, as we kept trying, to out-fox the squirrels. I would look out, and there was Chip or Dale. I would tap on the window, but after the episode with the boom, they were no longer afraid of us, and would just keep on eating, like we were not there.


I took careful aim, and gently squeezed the trigger!

I looked out, one day and saw Chip or Dale (funny! I don't think I ever saw both, on the birdfeeder at the same time, one would be on the feeder and the other two on the ground) raiding the birdfeeder.

I tapped on the window, and the squirrel, just looked at me, and kept on eating. I went outside through the garage, so he/she would not hear the beep, of the door being opened. I peeked around the corner of the house, and he/she was too busy eating, to notice. I took careful aim, and gently squeezed the trigger, hitting the greedy little thief, square in the rump.


They were back the very next day!

I am sure it must have burned; the hose had been lying in the blazing sun, because, the pistol grip of the sprayer handle was hot, and the squirrel jumped at least, 5 feet higher, than the birdfeeder. I thought we had seen the last of them, but they were back the very next day, but only one on the birdfeeder.


The bob-tail squirrel falls on the ground, as he lay dead or dying, I knew Bob's luck had run out!

One day when I was outside, doing some yard work. I heard Bob screaming, I looked up and saw Bob on his first, and, last flight, and I don't think he was screaming because he was not flying first class. I can just see, poor Bob, as the hatch opens (hawk claws), and he, the bob-tail squirrel falls on the ground, unconscious/dead, as his luck ran out. I wonder, if the fall does not kill Bob, will the hawk eat him alive?


Make, the squirrels, their own feeder.

My husband, a retired carpenter, decided to make, the other two squirrels, their own feeder in hopes, they would leave the bird seed alone.


First he made a squirrel out of wood, attached to a perch, attached to the Burr Oak tree, outside the kitchen window, about ten feet from the birdfeeder. And every day, he would put pecans on the perch for the squirrels, and they would take the pecans, and bury them, and then go and eat the bird seed.


Nut on the wire

Nut on the wire
Nut on the wire | Source

You win squirrely, you win!

Hubby thought if he cracked the pecans, maybe they would eat them...so, he cracked some pecans, and the squirrels ate them, but still ate the bird seed also. You win squirrely, you win. But Hubby does not give up easily.


Just for fun, and to see what the squirrels would do, Hubby drilled a hole through a pecan, and put a wire through it and fastened the other end to the wooden squirrel. And, we watched, as Chip or Dale got the pecan off the wire. Now I have to learn how to make a video clip.


Learning how to make a video clip.

After I studied my camera's manual, and was all set I asked Hubby to put another pecan on a wire. And I waited the next morning for what seemed like an hour. And, I made the video clip of the squirrel getting the pecan off the wire, but that still did not stop the daily raids on the birdfeeders. (Now I have to learn how to put the clip on Hub pages.)

Hubby, who is adept at sheet metal work, solved the problem. Hubby cut circles out of sheet metal and fashioned skirts out of them, for the birdfeeder posts.


Nut on a wire

Skirt on the birdfeeder post.

Skirt on the Birdfeeder post
Skirt on the Birdfeeder post | Source

We anxiously awaited Chip and Dale's arrival

The following day we anxiously awaited Chip and Dale's arrival. We were not disappointed, as we watched them chase each other around and around the Burr Oak tree. Then one of them ran up the birdfeeder pole, under the skirt, and slid down onto his bushy tail, and did a back-flip. The other one got on top of the evergreen shaped into a ball, sat up on hind legs to look longingly at the bird seed, but could not get to them.



You won, Honey Bunny, you won!


The Crow Convention

Patty Inglish ask if I have a Crow Convention. Here it is Patty
Patty Inglish ask if I have a Crow Convention. Here it is Patty | Source

The Crow Convention Continued

Funny thing, I have relatives named Crow.
Funny thing, I have relatives named Crow. | Source

Just for fun - The Mississippi Squirrel Revival

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments.

      We do enjoy the birds and other wild life, but the quiet is not a friend, in the quiet I can still hear Steve's words when he called to say that Kev's gone, and I keep thinking this must be some kind of cruel joke and I will wake up from this nightmare and Kev will still be there. His daughter called me and of course the phone is still in his name and when my phone rang and the caller ID said Kevin Shenko I almost jumped out of my skin.

      We are trying to hold it together, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 months ago from North Texas

      I always loved watching the birds and the squirrels in our backyard. They were so fun to watch, and therapeutic too. There is nothing like the wide open outdoors for bringing peace and balance to life. I miss them so much even after all these years.

      I was so lucky to have a backyard full of trees and plants and wildlife that I could look out at from inside my air-conditioned house, because it was so awful hot outside. And so I benefitted mentally from just looking at nature and observing wildlife even at times when it wasn't possible to be outside in the country away from all the man-made things and events that add so much stress to life.

      Quiet time with nature (created by God) and time to think and be with God without the clutter of 'stuff' and 'things' or even people who couldn't possibly understand the contents of my life was an incredible, and indescribable, blessing. Perhaps it could help you and John to get through this horrible time too.

      I'm sure I don't have to tell you that the pain of losing someone you love never goes away, but time can help a person to accept and to maintain and strengthen their faith that God will make it right when all is said and done. We are all only here for a little while, and I think it's easy to forget that and get bogged down with worldly things and events and to let those worldly things matter too much.

      A horrible experience for Kevin, but it is passed now, and he is now with God, the place all Christians say they want to be. No more pain and no more sorrow. Contemplation in the great outdoors watching the wildlife and enjoying God's creations can be very helpful in accepting that God knows what He's doing and in the end, all will be well.

      Your step-grandson didn't know what he was doing and couldn't control himself. One day, like we all must, he will leave this world too, and be free at last of the affliction that has caused himself and others so much pain in this world. One must keep faith in Jesus Christ that all things work for good in the end. So hard to accept this sometimes, but I know you understand how important it is to remain steadfast in your faith.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend. My thoughts are with you . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and thank you for sharing on FB and AH. Yes all the birds, squirrels and all the other animals are looking to feeding their brood.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 5 months ago from North Texas

      Now is when all the new mothers (and fathers) out there need help feeding their broods. Birds and squirrels are working their hardest right now taking care of babies and now is the most important time to put feed out for them to make their jobs a little easier.

      Sharing this on FB and AH. Stay cool and take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comment. I do enjoy the antics of the squirrels.

      Hope all is well with you, take care and many Blessings.

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      C E Clark 11 months ago from North Texas

      There is what I call an entire 'crew' of squirrels at the library I visit and they are so fun to watch! Still not the same as when I had my own squirrels in my backyard that were half tame, but very comical just the same. There seems to have been an abundance of nuts created this last summer so the squirrels don't likely need much except water.

      The birds are another matter. It doesn't seem like it after a night like las' night when it unexpectedly dipped below freezing, but in fact our hot weather will soon be back and shortly before that the birds will start their first family for this coming year. That is when birds need the most help finding enough food, when they have hungry little mouths to feed and not enough time in the day to get it all done.

      Just think about it. Wouldn't it have been great if when your children were small a lovely meal would have appeared like magic on your table so that you didn't have to take time to obtain the groceries and prepare meals yourself?

      Blessings my friend, take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliment and for sharing this again.

      We are doing our best to stay cool, and hope that you are doing the same.

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Hi Susan, I thank you for visiting me and my squirrels, and for the comment. I do appreciate you.

      I Hope the foil pans work, it sure can make a person frustrated to have feeders violated by the squirrels, my hubby made the skirt. He did a big one on the tree that is close to the house and the squirrels were trying to get into the attic from that tree they would drop down onto the roof, but the skirt stops them.

      Blessings and good luck with you solution.

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      Susan Deppner 16 months ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great description of the antics of your squirrels! I definitely can relate. It's hard to get mad at the little critters, they're so cute, but this past week I was bound and determined to keep them off of the hummingbird feeders as they were knocking them down to the ground which, of course, let all the good hummingbird "tea" just spill out. No one gained there but the ants! What I need is a skirt like you showed above. What I used, though, were foil pans and duct tape to block the path from the ground, up the pole and on to the feeder (our feeders hang on shepherd's crook hangers). So far, so good. We'll see how long the solution lasts.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      I really miss being able to feed the birds and squirrels and to watch them. They were always so entertaining. Came back to share this article, one of my favorites because of the subject.

      Hope you and John are staying cool. Take care dear friend. Blessings always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, yes and we are having a time with the new brood of squirrels. They got on the roof and are trying to get inside they got the flashing loose around the chimney and one got in the attic and like the commercial where the lady says to her son the father won't call the exterminator he says it's personal this time.

      John put a skirt on the tree that the squirrel had been climbing to get up there, but it found another way that we haven't seen yet.

      Hope you are out of the rain, I have to go to the doctor tomorrow and I hope I can get out without getting stuck.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      It's that time when the birds and squirrels are having their babies. Love watching their shenanigans. This is when the birds especially need a little help the most -- when they're trying to feed their new brood. Came back to share this great hub.

      Hope all is well with you and John. Supposed to start raining tomorrow and keep it up for 8 days! We're going to be swimming before it's over. Take care dear friend. Hope to talk soon.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      It was so beautiful this morning, I thought about you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sitting here watching the squirrels through the window this afternoon. Won't be long and they'll be getting ready for winter if they aren't already. Guess they don't hibernate here like in some places. Don't see may birds.

      Hope you plan to stay inside for the next few days while Texas gets the rest of the heat out of its system for a while. Hope John is better and that you didn't catch whatever it is. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, I really appreciate you.

      I hope that all is well with you too.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      With all the creatures busy with their babies, feeding, and especially making water available during this beastly hot time is so important. I never had any serious trouble with the squirrels. I fed them too. They were my pets as much if not more than the birds. Loved them all and they knew it.

      How about that guy who shot the lion in Zimbabwe? He's in hiding so I'm told, even from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, who are actively seeking him at Obama's order.

      Hope all is well there. Take care. Blessings dearest friend, to both of you. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, thumb-up, compliment and for sharing this again.

      Hubby went to the doctor today and things have improved a lot.

      I hope everything went well for you.

      Blessings and Hugs to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Creatures are getting ready for their second and sometimes third family of babies. They need assistance with fresh water and food more than ever because raising a family is a lot of work.

      Sharing this again and voting it up. It's a great story!

      Hope all is well there and that you are well and staying in where it's cool. The humidity is really outdoing itself today. Blessings and hugs, dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Moonlake, I have missed you, I am so happy to see you, I hope all is well with you.

      Sorry you have a chipmunk bandit eating all the birdseed.

      Thank you for the visit, comment and up votes.

      Blessings and hugs

      Shyron

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I have a chipmunk eating all the feed right now. His cheeks are full when he gets off the feeder. Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, and for sharing. You could write a hub about the critters that you fed and shared with. Opossum's we haven't had a one who use to come around until the persimmon tree was cut down. We had a Road Runner who came to visit yesterday when we came home from the doctor.

      We had so many of our neighbors who came by to help us get the truck out of the quicksand. That is what Texas soil is in the winter and spring quicksand and concrete in the summer heat.

      We worked at least 3 hours yesterday to get the truck unstuck then took it for the state inspection.

      It was a long and tiring day.

      Hope all is well with you, and that you have a Blessed day.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      There is a squirrel here that seems fairly friendly, but not too friendly, which is good. Somebody might try to hurt her if she trusts too much.

      It's that time of year when birds are nesting and needing a little help feeding all those hungry little mouths.

      What a lot of trouble you went to trying to get the squirrels off the bird feeder and still they broke it again and again.

      They never broke my bird feeders. I always put seeds out on the ground, several piles of sunflower seeds, so that the squirrels had no reason to get on the bird feeders, which wouldn't have been easy for them anyway.

      Mind you, one of them did get on it once and the rope it was hanging from must have been easily 10 feet long from the branch it was hanging from. Just to show me she could I suppose. Rarely did the squirrels bother with the feeders because I always made sure there was plenty for everyone.

      Squirrels can't share. I quickly learned that. Better to have several small piles of seeds equal to perhaps a cup full than to have one huge pile of seeds. Only one squirrel can eat from each pile at any given time. They can't share and will fight if there aren't enough piles of seeds. They will also look for a way to get on the feeder.

      I even had one squirrel who would come to our patio door and tap on it and look in when the selection of seeds was getting low. She was the same one that practically tripped me up whenever I went outside to change the water in theirs and the bird's water dish, and to refill the feeders.

      I miss the wildlife I always fed when I lived where that was possible. Possums like sunflower seeds too, and they love those big tree roaches, crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside. They like baby mice and baby rats. Possums take care of far more problems than they cause.

      Sharing this again.

      Hope you're enjoying this day. A little too warm for me, but I know compared to what it will soon be outside, today is on the cold side. And I hope everything came out well at the doc's.

      Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Poetryman6969, thank you for the comment. I would not like to see the squirrels drowning. Maybe you could get some "Small Animal Repellent" it is sold at Lowes and Home Depot, it is granules, cost less than cages, and no hassle trying to catch the little critters.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I don't like it when the squirrels dig up my flower bulbs. They are looking for a nut so they don't eat the bulbs. Makes me wonder if squirrels can swim. Inside a cage. While it's sinking...

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Susie, thank for the comments, and compliments. Yes our bird seed goes really fast, too fast.

      Have a Blessed my friend.

      Shyron

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      The shirt works slick as can be to keep squirrels from getting up poles with bird feeders. I still have some hanging feeders I need to find suitable metal roofs for so squirrels will slide right off the tops. You get enough squirrels, flying squirrels and chipmunks around and the bird seed goes too fast. We just have to be smarter than them critters!

      Fun hub, Shyron, with helpful advice and interesting reading.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I sent you something in the mail. Hope it works for you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing. We feed the birds all year even on the ice I went out to fill the feeder.

      Today the weather was nice, we were at a meeting held outside by Channel 8 news. The one who did the interviewing said she was going to present our story and our concerns. Then she goes on TV at 6:00pm and gives the developer's propaganda narrative.

      I hope the weather stays nice for a long time to come.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Now is when the birds and squirrels need out assistance because here isn't much food out yet and they're already building nests here in the South. Birds need the most help when they're feeding their families and I expect squirrels are similar. Sharing this once again.

      Looks like tomorrow we'll stay above freezing for a while. I'll like it if I don't have to run either the heater or the a/c. Hope you guys are well and not trying to overdo. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I just discouvered that the Crows like corn chips. Yes we do feed the birds and squirrels.

      I appreciate the votes and pin and sharing.

      Thank you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is the time when birds need our help because they have lots of little mouths to feed and it wears them out trying to keep up. I always put bread crusts or any crumbs of that sort out for the birds, but they really love sunflower seeds and they're very nutritious too. Mother squirrel will appreciate them too.

      Voting this up and useful, BAI too. Pinned to AH and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comment, votes, pin to AH and sharing.

      We had a good night, and yes I too love the God's fire works and the thunder, glad your students enjoyed the storm with you.

      I hope all is well with you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Hope this excellent article will remind people to help out the wildlife who are overworked about this time trying to keep up with all the little hungry mouths. Voted up, BAI, pinned to AH, and shared.

      Hope you and John are having a good night, and glad the rain was good all around. I personally loved the thunder and lightening and hail and my students enjoyed it with me.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, you know that John keeps the feeders in good repair year round.

      I am glad that you enjoy this, I was thinking about you as I watched the squirrels take the pecans I put out for them yesterday.

      Thanks for the up votes and shear and pin.

      Hugs and Blessings.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Despite the cold snap Monday night, spring really is finally here. Soon there will be baby squirrels and baby birds, etc., everywhere, and they will need a little help raising their families. Time to get the bird feeders and squirrel feeders cleaned up and filled up with sunflower seeds.

      Always enjoy this hub! Voted up and BAI, and will share. Also pinned to AH.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I just added a song that Mike (mrarcher) reminded me of.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Chinared, thank you for your comments. My squirrels don't come into my house, but I do feed them.

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      Just call me, Rick 3 years ago from Asia, and all over

      I love squirrels. An elderly friend of mine hand-fed them peanuts when they'd enter her home. It was incredible to see.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika for your comment. If you watch the squirrels, sometimes you can imagine what they are thinking.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your visit. Spring has indeed sprung. I placed a hand full of peanuts on the platform of the wooden squirrels, so I could watch as I eat breakfast. The Crows were also here, looks like it is going to be a splinded day.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome squirrels with such a lovely story to it. I like the cute bushy tailed creatures. We do have some around our place.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I often see squirrels in my travels around the county. I miss not being able to feed them along with the birds, and being able to watch their antics. Voting this up and awesome again and will share. Looks like spring is finally about to 'spring' here in North Texas and birds will be needing a helping hand in feeding their families.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, you are right they need food more now because, also the harvest of fall is depleted and the new crops have not sprouted up yet. We feed the birds year round, and the crows call us at 7:00am everyday. They call out and, when they have food the eat and fly to the north of us, unless they have babies the they nest and roost by the creek to the south of us. That is how we know they have babies.

      Thank you for your comment and votes up and for sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Time to start feeding the birds again. I know a lot of people think the time to feed them is in winter when food may be sparse, and that's a good time to feed them too, but the time they most need help is when they are raising a family and they are wore out trying to keep up with all those hungry little mouths that pop open the second they return to the nest. So, make food and water readily available and close to them during this time so they don't have to work so hard finding it and transporting it to their babies.

      Voting up and awesome. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hugs to you my friend Au fait. Thank you for sharing this again. I am glad you like it.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Giving this another share as we need to help our birds and other wildlife through the times when food may be scarce and I really enjoy this hug, too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, Thank you again for reading this and your comments, your up votes, sharing and pinning.

      I also hope that all our critters found shelter from the storm.

      I hope your power did not go out. I saw on live television this morning 288 at 35, people getting stuck.

      Stay warm my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Really enjoy this article and I hope all the little creatures are managing to get in out of the ice storm we're having now. Might be a good idea to put some food out for them since anything outside right now is frozen solid.

      It's just after 4 AM right now and for the first time in hours I don't hear shards of ice hitting the leaves, pavement, or vehicles outside my window.

      Voting this up, awesome, and interesting again. Sharing and pinning to Awesome Hubpages!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, my dear friend Au fait, I know, I would miss them if they went away or we went away. That rhymes! */:-)

      I hope your job is less stressful today. Glad I don't have to go somewhere else to work. The work around here is to much for hubby to do alone.

      I hope your day is Blessed.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Love this article and whenever I see it I miss my squirrels and birds that I used to feed. Sharing again and another vote up and awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for sharing my hub again and voting it up with interesting awesome. I appreciate you. --Shyron

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I really enjoy reading this story. Squirrels, birds, and wildlife can be so entertaining and fun to watch. Voting this hub up again along with interesting and awesome. Already pinned to my 'Wildlife' board, but will share again because it's such a fun article for those days when a person needs a bright spot.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your continued support.

      Yes everything is better but clumsy still but not painful anymore. Had to go to ER to get rid of migraine. Finally gone. Thank God.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is one of my favorites and just wanted to come back and share it again. Squirrels can be so entertaining. Yes, and another awesome, too.

      I hope your thumb is better and I'm so sorry you had awful migraines and on the same day as your surgery too! I'm so glad I don't have them anymore. You should ask the doc for the extra strength Motrin that is only available by prescription. They helped me and in a matter of just minutes -- usually 20-30. I hope everything is better now and that your surgery has proven helpful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, I am glad you like it, and thank you for sharing it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent hub and video! Sharing and awesome!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing my hub. Thank you also for the complement. Yes it is a lot of work, but beats living in an apartment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Really enjoy this hub. You have a nice backyard. Lots of work I'm sure, but it's yours and you have some privacy. Not like living in an apartment complex. Shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Patty, thank you for the comment and pinning my picture of the Crow convention.

      Your friend must be an interesting person. My brother had a pet Banty Rooster. I don't remember what happened to him.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I see that you do, indeed, have a crow convention - great picture! Crows might get pretty big. They might tire of calling and follow your husband to the door and knock, wanting dinner! I pinned the crow picture.

      Your squirrel video is certainly cute as well.

      A friend had a pet chicken for a few months that stood on a dining room chair and ate her feed from a plate as the family had dinner. when she grew too big for indoor life, she went to live on a farm.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Suzanne, for reading and commenting.

      Thank you Au fait for reading and commenting, I am glad this is oe of your favorite.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Good ideas for squirrel feeders and cute video! Voted up and funny! :D

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is one of my favorites of your hubs. I've had a long day and I just want something easy and fun to read where I don't have to think too hard! This is perfect.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait. I am so glad this is one of you favorite hubs.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      My poor brain needs a rest and this is one of my favorite hubs that you've written. It's great to read just for fun!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comment, I am so glad you like my video, it was fun to make.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I love this hub and the video is so cool!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments and reading my hub.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      The video you made is very good. I love to watch squirrels. The ones here near my apartment aren't as friendly as the ones that used to live in the tree in my yard. It's probably just as well since everyone isn't always nice to them. Great hub!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for reading my hub, and commenting on the and for being my friend, you are always appreciated.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This continues to be one of my favorite hubs. I really enjoy reading it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Love this story. Great story. Living in an apartment I really miss being able to feed the squirrels and birds.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your most welcome comments.

      It is fun to watch these little creatures and their antics.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I think this is such a cute story! Fun to read!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, appreciate you, Glad you like my hub. And, thank you for recommending my hub.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks again for your comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comment and for reading my hub.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I always love this story. It reminds me of when I lived where I could feed the wildlife and the squirrels were always so funny and entertaining!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comment. I was just watching two squirreels each trying to bury more pecans than the other one.

      I really enjoy watching them.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Marina & RT thank you both for reading and commenting on my story.

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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

      funny story, glad you figured out how to do the video clip

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      Marina 5 years ago

      Awesome story Sharon. Squirrels are awfully smart little critters. Had a close-line once in my back yard and watched a squirel crawl upside down across the close- line trying to get to the bird food that I also put a disk in the way to save my seeds. They are smart and very descrutive also.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Au fait, My greedy squirrels, did not want to share what belonged to the birds, with the birds.

      But the skirt worked.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      This is a cute story. I love to watch squirrels and birds too. You might be surprised at how they interact with blue jays especially. I used to put heaps of sunflower seeds around on the ground for the squirrels and for the most part they didn't bother the feeder so long as there was plenty on the ground. You do have to have several piles of sees for the squirrels though, because they can't share no matter how big the pile is.

      Voting you UP, and all across, and sharing with my followers!