When you have an incredible little grey squirrel in your life, naturally every day is Squirrel Appreciation Day but today is the official one and so
Squizzey told me to mark it, I’m sharing some of our squirrel pictures.
For just over two years now, I’ve been spending time watching and photographing the grey squirrels in the woods behind our garden. They’ve been some of my favourite moments. It’s been fun to watch their acrobatics through the trees and them bouncing around the garden like Pepé Le Pew, marking out new paths; to see them chase each other up fence and down trellis, and scamper around the lawn; to see tails whip back and forth warning of feline hunters in the undergrowth, and hear them barking their annoyance at those stalking them when there were nuts to be eaten and buried for later. They’re feisty little creatures who’ve seen off the pheasants, magpies, jays and rooks from their nut stash. I’ve watched their coats change with the seasons and seen the females become heavy with first kittens and then the milk to feed them. They never fail to put a smile on my face and take me out of my working day for the length of my tea break, and I always go back to my desk a happier and calmer person for spending time with them.
It dropped below freezing here last night, so we’ve put some extra peanuts and seed out for the birds and squirrels that come into our garden. And we’ve already spent some time this morning watching some squirrel acrobatics and tag along the fence and trellis to win control of the bird table. And our indoor squirrels won’t be going without, either. There are some nutty treats in store for them, too. So everyone knows they’re appreciated.
Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!