Petidote of the Day 2012-07-06
Regular pine cone (right) and one eaten by "my squirrels"
There are some very friendly squirrels living in the yard. Not friendly to the point of sitting on my lap or anything. But they do funny things to get my attention, like sit on the roof and look in the kitchen window in the morning while they're waiting for their sunflower seeds. One of them has even figured out how to tap on the roof so I'll look up and see him/her. Another one sits upright on a rock outside the front door, like a meerkat, and stares and stares at the kitchen door, like it's willing the door to open. They let me get within a couple feet, but no touching! That's probably for the best. They're doing fine as wild animals, so why mess with Mother Nature?
One thing I've noticed is that the little buggers down the street, who don't have someone to feed them, just love pine nuts. The whole street is littered with pine cones like the one on the left, very neatly chewed right down to the central core by squirrels. It's so methodical looking, I imagine them working their way around, one, two, three, as many times as it takes to get every single pine nut.
What else can squirrels do? Well, here's one example.
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