problem than to ask every single person in the blogosphere?! My problem involves squirrels. And notice the (s) that means I’m talking about more than one. I’m actually talking about six to be exact.
I was incorrectly calling this group of squirrels a gang but that’s completely wrong. A mother squirrel and her babies is called a dray according to Wiki. Some people refer to a group of squirrels as a scurry but there is NO OFFICIAL name for a group of squirrels. This is
because they are solitary animals and they do not travel or hang out in packs.
Say what?! I have six of these beasts that are
relentless when it comes to my bird feeders. They ALWAYS arrive and leave together and none of them are babies. So that means I need National Geographic,
the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the leader of Squirrels.org to pay me a visit and pronto as apparently I have something rare and undiscovered in nature
going on in my back yard. Maybe we could do a new reality series?!
And because I am the first person to discover
such a phenomenon I believe that gives me naming rights. The new OFFICIAL name for my gang of squirrels is bastards. Yeah, that seems fitting.
I have tried everything short of a gun to keep the bastards away but they just keep coming back for more. I really enjoy feeding the birds, we have some amazing species here. But the bastards scare them away. I have squirrel proof bird feeders but every few days they figure out how to get them down and then they hog all the seed. I’ve even tried feeding the bastards separately but they just eat whatever I give them and then head for the feeders.
I’ve tried the following:
Running over them with a remote control car.
Squirting them out the window with a spray
Yelling ‘SQUIRREL’ and having my kids run outside
screaming to scare them away.
Running outside myself screaming to scare them
Throwing cookies at them out the window.
I would appreciate any advice on how to keep the bastards away from my feeders. And shooting
them has to be at the bottom of the list. Even though I detest them, I would still feel guilty if I killed the bastards.
This isn’t the greatest picture but you can see 4 of the 6 bastards quite clearly. Solitary animals that don’t hang out in groups?! Looks to me like they’re really
enjoying their meal at café Tam-a!
I received another note from William’s teacher
regarding ‘foul language.’ This time a child in his class was wearing a shirt that said, “Cool As Joe.” Will repeatedly called the boy Cool Ass Joe and then
claimed he sounded it out and ‘as’ sounded like ‘ass.' He does have a point and the note did make me smile but he’s in trouble again. What am I going to do with
this child?! Feed him to the bastard’s maybe?!
No one is safe with Ginger & Alex around.
Here they are breaking into Diamond’s aquarium. (They are inside the tank.) They've also played tic-tac-toe on the kitchen window and dumped a bucket of marbles all over the bedroom floor. Geeze, how many days till Christmas?!