Squirrelly, that’s how Friday turned out to be in my garden. The sun was out and so were the squirrels. Even the tiny chipmunks have returned from their winter hibernation. These Townsend’s Chipmunks visit every spring. At first we only see the parents, and later in the season, they bring their offspring along.
These critters are tiny, and super speedy! The little guy sitting on the branch was keeping a close eye on me for quite a while!
The most common squirrels around here are the “regular” brown ones. Despite chasing them off the bird feeders, they aren’t afraid of me me at all. They are my least favorite! They have destroyed some of my bird feeders and chewed holes into our cedar deck. When the feeders are empty they’ve come right up to the patio door and stare inside, as if they’re saying “Hey. we need some seeds and nuts!”. They are definitely on the aggressive side!
My favorite by far is the Western Grey Squirrel. For the first time this spring I spotted three of them from the upstairs office window. They were doing what squirrels seem to do best, chasing each other through the underbrush and scampering up and down the tall Douglas Firs behind us.
The Western Grey Squirrel is a threatened species. Human encroachment and environmental issues like wild fires and other habitat destruction are a big part of the problem. I sure hope they survive!
Do you have any squirrels or chipmunks where you are?
Have a fun rest of the weekend!