I have a love/hate relationship with the squirrels in my garden. I should perhaps say ‘squirrel’, because I have only ever seen ONE squirrel at the time, and I don’t know if it is the same squirrel that I see every time, or if there is a whole colony of squirrels queuing up to come into my garden and make havoc, but squirrels can live for 20 years so you never know, might be just the same one that visits me.
I always had this image of squirrels just eating nuts. Well, ‘my’ squirrel eats just about anything! The latest craze on the menu is the new shoots on my rosebushes, he breaks off the shoots, eats the inner parts and throw the shoot on the ground. If he continues like this I won’t have any roses this year. In a desperate bid to save my roses I have resorted to do something I never thought I would do, I have given the squirrel a peace offering, to try to make him leave my roses so they can grow up to produce beautiful flowers. I have offered him one of the bird feeding stations, complete with a mix of first class bird food and sunflower seeds – daily topped up.
The station is shaped like a bird house and I moved it down right in front of the roses so he would come to the bird feed BEFORE getting to the roses, hoping it would work. Below is a short movie of day 2 of the experiment. Halfway in the movie you will see me jump closer, much closer, that’s when the squirrel is heading for my roses because it is too complicated to get into the bird feeder. Despite standing just feet away from the squirrel he isn’t scared of me at all.
My videos are filmed in HD, if you have a good download speed you can watch these in 720p and if you click the ‘Full Screen' button in the bottom right corner you will see the details much better (but only do so in HD).
It is amazing how the squirrel can manage to do intricate acrobatics to get what they want, but today I have secured the feeding station so it will be a bit easier to climb in to for the squirrel. Hopefully that will make it less interesting to go for my roses!
And after a day of lots of climbing and jumping around it is great to go for a lovely swim in new, fresh compost. Watch those poor, just planted fuchsia cuttings of mine getting a real beating – amazingly they survived all that!
I do enjoy watching the squirrels in my garden but boy do they make a lot of damage! And my cat is of no use, he can’t be bothered to chase them anymore and is more than happy to let them jump around in the garden while he has a snooze on the bench. Not much of a help! Apart from laying a glass roof on the whole of my garden, does anyone have any good tips for keeping them out of the garden – without alienating my cat in the process ?
Until next time, take care.