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Squirrel on the bird feeder

Hey, how do I get into this thing?! Photo by Karen Turnbull, Hayward, CA
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For the first time, I have a squirrel visiting my bird feeder. Of course, the birds don’t come around when he’s there. It was such a hoot watching his acrobatics, trying to figure out how the heck he could get to the food. Should I set out a separate feeding place for the squirrel? Is it OK to feed him? He is kinda cute and he’s hungry.
Karen Turnbull, Hayward, California

It’s OK to feed the squirrel, although you may be creating a monster that spills a lot of seed. The bird specialty stores (like Wild Birds Unlimited, and many pet stores) often carry squirrel feeders that have dried corn and other tasty tidbits. You can hang them away from the bird feeders and enjoy both. By the way, they are ALWAYS hungry. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011
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Black fox squirrel spotted in Livermore

Black fox squirrel. Photo by Christina Frederickson, Livermore, CA
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Hi, we just found your blog and love it! I found you while Googling black squirrels. We’re in Livermore and get the usual reddish-brown tree squirrels coming to our back yard for peanuts. Recently a single black squirrel has been showing up, so we were curious about its origins. Still haven’t figured out where he came from.
Steve & Christy, Livermore, California

Steve & Christy:
The reddish-brown fox squirrels you normally see are not native. They are eastern fox squirrels, introduced in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1930s. Reddish-brown is the most common color, but they also come in black and gray phases, though not so common. The reddish fox squirrels are now pretty much all over. The black phase is often found in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and for some reason, also in Livermore. Maybe someone raised some orphan babies there are released them? Anyway, that’s why they are occasionally seen in your area. /Gary

Reddish-brown fox squirrel. Photo by Christina Frederickson, Livermore, CA
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Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2011
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Cats & Squirrels: Whose tree is it?

Whose tree is it? Photo by B. Keeble, Concord, CA
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What fun this was to watch! Three of our 4 feral/tame kittens (year and a half old; born under the shed; all neutered) and two of the extended squirrel family we have been feeding (note squirrel feeder box) for years, all “playing” in this picture taken through the bedroom window.

The confrontation happened when squirrel on the right came down the branch, with all  three cats and the other squirrel watching. Buster was closer to the feeding box when the squirrel jumped from the roof to the tree and came down branch for some sunflower seeds. Squirrel stopped about where he is and Buster rushed up to …

The squirrel simply jumped down and found sunflower seeds to eat on the ground. LOL!! All the cats sat where they are wondering what to do next. The squirrel in the background didn’t stop eating until the pic was snapped, then went right back to finish it’s breakfast.
B. Keeble, Concord

Whose tree is it? Seems kind of obvious. /Gary

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Fox squirrel: ‘Hello? Is anybody in there? Where are my peanuts?’

Hello? Anybody in there? Photo by Darlene DeLeon, Pleasanton, CA
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“Hello? Is anybody in there? Where are my peanuts?!”

Derlene DeLeon of Pleasanton, California, feeds peanuts to the fox squirrels in her backyard. Her daughter says this is what happens if she doesn’t get to the back door fast enough to give them their morning peanut feeding.

“Hello? is anybody in there?

Sound familiar? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
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Squirrels: Why do they keep digging in my flowerpots?

Squirrel digging in flowerpot. Photo by Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA.
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Why do squirrels dig? They aren’t planting any nuts. There is nothing in the pot but dirt, but yet they dig and dig. There is dirt all over the deck and plants are getting destroyed! Why?
Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA

Sometimes when squirrels see freshly turned dirt … anywhere, on your lawn, in pots …  it stimulates them to dig to see if anything tasty has been buried there. Squirrels and jays are always uncovering and stealing seeds, etc., that they see each other burying.  Other times, they just make the rounds of your yard, checking out what’s in the pots to see if there’s anything edible. They do this especially in fall, when it’s starting to get cold (winter’s coming!). Yours is the third note I’ve received this week on this subject. My own backyard squirrel broke 2 of my wife’s pots and she’s (my wife) not a happy trooper.

Squirrels hate the smell of vinegar, so spraying a little apple cider vinegar around the edges and on the outsides of your pots MIGHT back them off (there are always exceptions). I wouldn’t spray inside the pots because I don’t know what effects vinegar might have on your plants. Let me know how it works. /Gary

Squirrel digging in flowerpot. Photo by Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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Squirrels are eating my Halloween pumpkin!!

Squirrel “pumpkin diving” and eating. (Photo by Maureen in Lafayette, CA)
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Squirrels Eating My Pumpkin!!!
Are we in for a long, hard winter? The squirrels don’t usually start snacking on my pumpkins until AFTER Halloween!
Maureen in Lafayette

Looks to me like that squirrel is just getting an early start on trick or treating to make sure it beats out the other trick or treating squirrels in your neighborhood.

I used to have the same problem until I started planting 10-foot-tall sunflowers in my backyard garden.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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A squirrel and a cat … have a little “chat”

Photo by Joanne Ouimet, Concord, CA
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Kind of cute!
Joanne Ouimet, Concord

I don’t think they were discussing the weather. /Gary

Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2010
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Fox squirrel and black cat give each other the evil eye

Photo by Elke & Walt Torgersen, San Ramon, CA

Hi Gary:
We thought you would like to see this fun picture. Our neighbor’s cat, Kiby, loves our backyard as we have several bird feeders and a large flower garden. Kiby enjoys hiding in the roses and flowers. She often encounters our squirrels and as you can see in this picture, Kiby and our squirrels often check each other out.
Elke & Walt Torgersen, San Ramon, CA.

Hi Elke & Walt (and Kiby):
This is a great photo. It’s a nice thing to come back to after I was gone last week (Thanksgiving week) on vacation.

Sigh … but now … back to reality. /Gary

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009
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Fox Squirrel: You won’t believe this photo of a “Squirrel feeder”

“Squirrel Feeder” (Michele Brynjulson/San Ramon)
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Michele Brynjulson of San Ramon took this great photograph of a “Squirrel Feeder.”

Think about it. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2009
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Fox Squirrel: A dip in the POOL keeps you COOL on a HOT day!

Squirrel takes cool dip in birdbath on a hot day. Photo by Chris Peeters, Livermore, CA
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As you know, last Sunday (June 28) was a bit warm, especially here in Livermore. We touched 109 degrees F. and around 4 p.m. found our newest resident young squirrel taking a dip in our bird bath. We figured you and your readers might really enjoy the photos we took.
Chris Peeters, Livermore, CA
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
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