Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Patches is gone and so is his nest!  I've been calling out to  him for several days now but he has not appeared. And then today the large nest that managed to  survive Tropical Storm Irene was no longer there! And there have been no storms or real winds.
A wonderful nest
What in the world could have happened? Where could the nest have gone? Could Patches  have packed up his home on his back and moved on? No!  I can't believe it!

Oh where oh where has my Patches gone? 
Precious Patches
 Squirrels are an eternal  mystery.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Last Time I Saw Patches

A feast for my little friend

Dig in!

Are you lookin' at somethin'?

I know, my patch doesn't look that good today...
But this nut tastes great.   

Friday, September 23, 2011

Last Day of Summer

Also known as the Autumn Equinox, the last day of summer in 2011 is September 23.

It's time to look back and review the summer, which has been good to the squirrels on the whole. Most of the squirrels stayed healthy throughout the season and had plenty to eat. They were able to flourish, with time to relax and play, with not too many weather concerns other than a few hazy, hot and humid periods. This summer's heat wave came early, in July, and was followed by two months of many beautiful days in August and September. Most of the squirrel rescues were of babies fallen from nests.

A sudden cold spell the other day was enough to remind us of what's in store.   Do the squirrels even remember last winter? Do they have memories of the bitter cold and the short dark days and those ferocious snow storms? Or has it all been forgotten?

For now, we'll continue to enjoy the good weather and the long days of light, as we enter the beautiful season of Autumn.

To the Squirrels, to Make Much of Time

Gather ye acorns while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Squirrel Alarm

I love this video of Piggy responding to an alarm call.

 I know that particular call well. It's sounded around here when a hawk is in the area, or when Riley the Cat walks around. Riley the Cat drives the squirrels crazy, although he doesn't appear to be the least bit interested in them (although he's very interested in the dogs).

I do question the idea of upsetting the squirrels. I've seen squirrels that became so rattled that they couldn't stop squawking and shaking long after the threat had disappeared. I recall one who kept eating nuts (to calm down) and kept on squawking between chewing. It was like trying to cure the hiccups! Apparently once they get started it can be very hard to stop.

But that wasn't the case with Piggy, who was able to handle the alarm without panicking and remained watchful throughout. I think Piggy has the makings of an alpha squirrel. You know, one of the squirrels that stays behind to challenge the invader after the other squirrels scurry.

I'm fascinated by the human-to-squirrel interaction that went on here.  Our friend has the squirrel sound down pat and did an amazing  (and amusing) job of communicating vocally with Piggy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stalked by a Hawk

If anybody doubts the intelligence of squirrels, just read this story about a baby squirrel who had the presence of mind to know just what to do to outsmart a hawk!
Florida woman saves baby squirrel from hawk

Happy Birthday, Piggy!

I just love this little guy named Piggy. Here he is posing for  his  birthday pictures

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bernhard Goetz New York's Infamous Subway Gunman on WBAI 911

Goetz was interviewed by Paul DeRienzo on WBAI 99.5 FM on 9/11/01 just minutes before the attack on the twin towers.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


There was a general feeling of release in the park today. First a squirrel, then a pigeon. Let freedom ring!

Releasing a Squirrel

The time has come, little one.

tail snipped for easy reognition

lower chompers only, no upper teeth.

Off you go!

Releasing a Pigeon

He's a pretty little bird

I'm not a big pigeon fan but babies are always cute

Get ready, get set, go!

The pigeon's release was not quite a success however. Two hours later he's still sitting in the same spot on the lawn, acting bewildered.

Where am I?
Where am I going?

When Bernie approaches he flies away 

Only to crash land on the tarmac a few seconds later! He sits there and lets Bernie scoop him up. 


No damage done.

Wings look fine. He may have strained a wing muscle.
Knocking on Heaven's Door

Paradise found: a friendly bird rehabber who gives us some pointers.

There are two elements involved in releasing a pigeon:
1 - every day for 3-4 weeks prior to release let bird free to fly around in the bathroom for a few hours
2 - for 4-5 days put the bird outside in a cage with birdseed nearby so it gets used to other pigeons being around

Ok little fellow, home you go. You'll need to practice before you go out again. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

I Remember Momma

The story of Momma
From our friends in Canada

When we moved into our current house six years ago, the first animal to greet us was this squirrel. We had only been in our new home a few minutes, and suddenly there she was, peeking in at us from … Continue reading --->

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spunky by Starlight

I'm sitting on the bench when all of a sudden Spunky is there beside me. Oh hullo, Spunky! What a surprise!

She's looking fine, all black, silky and shiny.

I offer her a strawberry.

Not having any of that! I'm into the big stuff. Where are the nuts?

That's better.

Oops! Gotta be moving on...

Where's Spunky?

Right over here, kid!

Oooh Spunky, we LOVE you!

Love you too, kids! I know I'm a STAR.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Feeding the Hungry

I walked right by the man who was calling out to me. I was halfway down the block before I turned around and went back to where he was sitting on a stoop. He had apparently seen what I had in my bag, and was asking: "Could I have some of your peanuts?"  I thought to myself: shame on me for passing him by! If I gave peanuts to hungry squirrels in the park, why not to a hungry dude on the street? He took the peanuts and was all smiles and very grateful. He even offered to share the sandwich in his knapsack with me!  Hmmm...

It's in the Bag

Hmm... what's this?

Very interesting...

Go for it!

Well worth the effort.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Life of Riley

Just managed to catch these quick pics of Riley the Cat as he disembarked from his car and made his way in haste towards his apartment door.
 click on an image to see Riley up close and personal
Just a quick stop to sniff the squirrels

Then headin' on home
Home sweet home, after the long drive back from Labor Day Weekend in the Hamptons.

Ah, the lux life of a New York City cat!