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

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Lame Duck

Yes, I must confess... I've been feeding the ducks on the Cloud 9 raft. There's this one duck that never leaves the raft. I'm not sure why, but apparently he can't swim or fly. So I fed him some bread one day and the next time I came by he recognized me! Each time I pass the raft he wags his tail like a dog. He seems to recognize me even though I'm some distance away. Who could resist that? I can't feed them sushi, so it's just bread. I've been told that bread isn't good for them but they gobble it up. I try to get bread with seeds on top. I also bought a bag of that expensive bird food with seeds and fruit but they don't go for that too much.

If it doesn't look like a duck

If it doesn't look like a duck
doesn't swim like a duck
and doesn't quack like a duck
then it's probably not a duck.

If it looks like a rat
and acts like a rat
then it's probably a rat.

Mr. Rat comes to tea

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Showing off my camera

I really like my new camera. It's a Canon Powershot SX510 with a 30x optical zoom. The pictures of the view from my window really are better than before, I think. Here are a few that show what I mean.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All Thru the Night

Armed with nothing but coffee and a camera, I was ready to take on  the Great Lunar Eclipse of October 8 2104, New York style. Here's what I got with my Canon Powershot SX510:

You can kind of see the orange now.

Looks better live streamed by NASA :(

Dawn's early light


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hornets Nest

By the basketball court at Peter Cooper Village

it's as big as a basketball!

A squirrel is watching

Don't worry, I won't get any closer!