Saturday, September 16, 2017

Please Don't Feed The Squirrels!

So how will the squirrels eat? Do these people think that the squirrels get their food from the forest?

Squirrels, unless under some sort of duress, are normally friendly and rather shy. Not only that, they're extremely polite when they're being fed! I'm often charmed by that observation when I'm feeding them.
I've been remiss recently due to other concerns and was looking forward to getting back to a regular feeding cycle with them in the fall, as the cooler weather starts up and appetites increase. Plus, the last few times I was at PCV, it was disturbing to see so many squirrels hanging around garbage cans. That told me that they're not getting enough to eat. And now they're going to get even less? I doubt they'll be able to survive. There won't be any more charming "cohabitation" at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.
Maybe what they need is a more formal program to feed the squirrels, or maybe they could  just enforce feeding restrictions around the playgrounds. But as their letter states, the well-being of humans is above all of the utmost importance, and wild animals will always play a poor second to that.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pinky: Son of Spunky

Well, actually more like great-grandson or great-great grandson, I guess.
This little squirrel had so much spunk that he reminded me of my dear old friend Spunky, who was featured a lot on this blog. He had the same cute face and spunky personality. It was good to think that Spunky's genes had survived!

Pinky managed to survive the entire winter not only with no winter coat, but with no coat at all, due to a bad case of what looked like mange. But that didn't phase him: he would always run circles around the other larger squirrels, and managed to evade their bullying. We had a lot of fun playing "peanuts" with him: we'd throw a peanut, he'd grab it, go bury it, then come back for another. This went on forever. 

I was really looking forward to this little guy getting better and growing some fur and bonding with me the way Spunky used to do. But it was not to be. Right after I took these pictures there was a big Nor'easter, and I never saw Pinky again.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

National Brownie Day

Happy National Brownie Day!

Hobo Nickel Squirrel

Hobo nickels are a type of human folk art created by etching and carving coins.  This one is particularly well done.
From ‏@MuhlenSquirrel

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Winter is Coming

But some of the trees don't know it.

A tree blooms in December

And some of the squirrels don't know it.

The first day of winter - the winter solstice - is only weeks away.  This time of year, we usually see the big winter coats coming out, along with the cute white mittens and ear muffs.

But so far we haven't been seeing much of that. Another concern: while there are usually many mouths to feed as soon as there's a chill in the air, now there are not so many. Where have all the squirrels gone?

Conjecture: maybe the drought and extreme heat of the summer months killed many of our squirrels. Yes, it's not just happening out west -- the state of New York has also been in a drought, as has the neighboring state of New Jersey. New York is somewhat improved, and is currently in a drought watch, which is the first of four levels of state drought advisories ("watch," "warning," "emergency" and "disaster").

I'm concerned that our little friends may be victims of climate change.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

National Cookie Day

Yes, I know it's , but I think I've had a little too much cream filling.
Photo by Beebz the Squirrel @SquirrelBeebz

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Squirrel's Thanksgiving

Wasn't it nice of Peter Cooper Village to put out this spread for us!

is that a squirrel on that pumpkin?

I do believe it is!

Thanksgiving bounty


taking a break

it's different...

it's all mine! 

pumpkin diving
digging in

 making headway
God is good!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the little critters!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BT: A Star is Born

Move over Mama - a new ET has arrived! In this case ET stands for enfant terrible, but since we already have an ET (that's Mama, the evil twin) we're calling this new arrival Baby ET, or BT for short.
Today I was able to get up close and personal with BT - well, sort of - when she came over to the big tree where ET likes to sit and sat right on ET's throne.

It's funny to see her mimic ET when she probably doesn't even know what's up yet. It's the old question: how much of behavior is genetic and how much is learned? Well all I can say is that ET has had quite a few generations of babies, and this is the first one I've seen that acts exactly like her. Oh joy, another ET!

Mean Mama
 She's a delight to watch. I call her "she" because of the way she commandeered the tree today. This is common behavior among adult female squirrels, but seeing it in a baby squirrel was cuteness overload. It was so funny to see the baby acting like queen of the universe! She loves chasing her siblings, but I have yet to see her confront ET.
Skirting the issue: don't mess with Mama!
But for now she was just having fun taking on a flock of pigeons that were there searching for edible scraps among the peanut shells. The fact that they were much bigger didn't bother her at all. That's the spirit! The little devil is just like her Mom. Oh, and she's a natural beauty as well. Get ready, boys, here she comes!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The babies are down!

ET's babies have started coming down from the tree! 

In the last few days they've been venturing out of their safety zone, going father afield and sampling some of the bounties of the new world.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day! These nutty facts might just make you embrace the bandit, the acrobat, the gardener and the trickster within each squirrel today:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cats and Squirrels

Cats and Dogs

Thursday, October 30, 2014






Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Book

More pics of ET's latest crop of gorgeous babies! They are so funny to watch at this age, as they come down the tree to explore a new world beyond the nest. If you throw them a nut they run the other way! But then they come back to explore (and hopefully find a nut) after the dust settles.

was that a peanut I saw?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The new babies: first glimpse

The babies have just begun to come down the orange tree and we had our first glimpse of them. Gorgeous!
Coming Out

New Guy in Town

ET has met her match: a  gray male  has shown up and has been giving her a hard time.
We thought this was notable as we've never seen ET being challenged before. She has ruled the orange tree for some time now. Usually she delights in chasing squirrels out of her immediate area, pouncing on those that fail to move out of the way fast enough. She even does this with her own offspring. This guy has no problem standing his ground and even pounces on her, making her squeal with anger!


The newcomer is  young and strong whereas ET has been around the block. The good news is, he's a male, which means he would not be challenging her tree the way a female would.
The Bully