Thursday, December 28, 2017


Right now it's 17 degrees, going down to a low of 12 later tonight. Today was the coldest so far -- 23 degrees. Some squirrels did not even come out, and those that did show up did not stick around for long. I can only hope that it's warmer for them when they're all packed in together in their trees.

The squirrels are rebounding, but day after day of cold weather is going to finally take its toll. I did not see Fat Boy for the first three days of this cold spell  so was worried about him, and was very glad to see him yesterday. I think I understand his strategy (Yes folks, we know that squirrels do strategize): thinking the cold spell would pass, he waited a full 3 days before coming out, before realizing that he couldn't go without food any longer, and the cold weather had not passed. 

It's already been five days and it will be over a week before we'll see any relief. And by relief I mean out of the 20s and into the 30s -- low 30s.

Even the dogs are out only briefly with their dog-walkers. Some wear blankets, some wear little boots, and all will soon be in their warm comfy homes again. The squirrels are given no such relief. This is why I'm heartbroken.  Each day it gets harder and harder to go out there. 

The Twins

Fat Boy


Baby Mama

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

National Maple Syrup Day

Happy #NationalMapleSyrupDay !!

photo by @SquirrelBeebz

Monday, December 4, 2017

National Cookie Day

Yes, I know it's #NationalCookieDay, but I think I've had a little too much cream filling.

Beeb the Squirrel

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Oranges are Back!

This is the tree we call the orange tree. Years ago it was the home of a family of "orange" squirrels. These squirrels were not truly orange: they were gray or "brindle" squirrels with bright orange tails. We had babies that froze to death during a couple of cold winters, and after that the oranges disappeared. Now we're happy to see these pretty squirrels back in the orange tree again!

The mother

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


For All Good Things We Give Thanks



Fat Boy

Friendly Fire

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed


Pretty Girl
Baby Mama

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Remains of the Day

When I was here the other day Momma Gray Squirrel started making a strange growling sound, before making a dash for the tree. When a few other squirrels picked up on the theme I looked up and saw a huge red-tailed hawk sitting patiently in a nearby tree. I was sorry to see it so close to the baby tree. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me so I don't have a picture of the hawk, but when I went back there today, I found the remains of an adult squirrel under the orange tree.

Sadly, it was one of the black ones, which are a bit rare here. I hope it wasn't the babies' mother. You don't know which squirrels are the mothers, as they never have anything to do with the babies when outside of the nest.

On the brighter side, the babies have become much more approachable.
There are three browns and one gray, and all seem to be from the same litter. Three of them were down when I arrived:

I managed to get some great pictures of the cuties (click to enlarge):

Some children came by and were ecstatic watching the squirrels. Their father, who was on his cell phone, didn't seem to be paying much attention, but as soon as their mother arrived, she started telling the children to stay away from the squirrels as if they were some deadly enemy. Then she started lecturing me about feeding them. I wasn't supposed to be doing that. 

Her children gathered around and formed a chorus: "Don't feed the squirrels!"

I explained: "I only feed them because they're hungry and need to be fed."

She replied haughtily: "Oh, they are well-fed, I assure you of that!"

"Oh, really?"  I asked, "Fed by whom?"

That seemed to stump her. End of conversation.  :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Squirrel Day Afternoon

I enjoyed spending time with my two favorite mother squirrels who were just taking it easy on a beautiful autumn afternoon:

And here's my little gray friend on her favorite perch:

I was delighted to discover that there are new babies in the orange tree! Here's one of them. They're still very shy and don't come down from the tree much, but I did manage to catch this one on the ground:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Ladies in Waiting

I've been feeding two squirrels recently who look like they're about to give birth... one is gray, one is black. They're always hungry!

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.