Squirrel McDonald’s 

It’s another dreary day here in the Midwest. The clear, bright, new windows we had installed don’t make it look any more friendly outside. It’s February… In Illinois… what do I expect?

Although the day is dreary, I do enjoy watching the gray squirrels taking care of business in the front yard. There are many spruce and large trees in my area, which allows for a large population of these furry, funny entertainers.

February is an exciting time in a gray squirrel’s life… It’s MATING SEASON! Woo hoo! Time to frolic, play, tease, fight, love, share, chase, eat and all other forms of craziness!! You can easily identify the sexes without seeing their undercarriages during this time. The female is in the lead, with a dominate male directly behind here, if there are any other following in line, they are young, subordinate males… waiting for their chance.

Males will fight for dominance when there are no females around to chase. You’ll hear the “Chu-chu-chu” noise or see the squirrel stomping its feet and swishing its tail as a form of war dance! To adorable.

**Click here to learn how smart squirrels are**

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I have many bird feeders and perch areas to feed the wildlife at work. At my home, not so much. I do have a suet holder and otherwise, I only toss ‘left overs’ out to the wildlife I share my space with. Left overs can vary from bread to nuts to fruit to seeds, nothing I think is dangerous to the wildlife, nor anything I want out there that attracts unwanted wildlife, like skunks or ‘possoms. All approved items get thrown on the front lawn at dawn. The front lawn is devoid of crazy Border Collies and if thrown out at dawn, all trace of food will be gone by mid-day, thus won’t be attracting any nightlife creatures of the stinky variety.

As I know I might catch some flack from feeding the wildlife anything but proper foods… I did consult the ALL KNOWING INTERNET to back or deflate my decision to give my furries bread. Seems there are as many pro’s as con’s out there for feeding any type of wildlife (ducks, birds, squirrels…) bread. In my opinion, and how I try to live my life (mostly)… It’s all about moderation. Going to McDonald’s twice a year isn’t going to kill you, in the same as giving wildlife bread will kill them. I don’t share it that often and they seem to enjoy their Squirrel McDonald’s!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

 

17 thoughts on “Squirrel McDonald’s 

  1. ooooh love is in the air :o) we normally have dreary february’s too, but since two days it is like spring… sun and very mild temperatures… and I bet after I wrote that and shared my joy it will change and we get rain and fog…

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  2. There is a real joy when you invite the wild ones in and they come. When I was a boy back in 1958 there were American Grey Squirrels in the gardens in Ballarat, but eventually feral cats wiped them out. which was a shame.

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  3. This morning, I opened the curtains to see…a possum ambling across the neighbor’s backyard. Better than a coyote, I suppose!

    Perhaps the possum is the one who has taken to knocking my bird feeders off of their hooks. I’m guessing he isn’t to blame, but the squirrels. I may set up the video camera tomorrow in the hopes of catching the culprit in action.

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      • It was definitely the squirrels! The video showed them all over the little feeder. They didn’t get it off on camera, but I am sure it was them based on the amount of swaying that thing did with them on it.

        More importantly, I went to our local feed/pet food store yesterday, and they had reject peanuts! I’m heading out there shortly to refill the feeders and tempt the squirrels with something other than sunflowers!

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