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Squirrels Being Squirrels

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There are lots of Grey Squirrels in this neighborhood.  The streets here have many larger trees that are perfect squirrel habitat.  These squirrels eat acorns, berries, seeds and some insects.  The squirrels here have been up on my front porch several times.  I recently had a squirrel climb all the way up the screen on one of my living room windows!   The squirrel likely was chasing a bug but it may also have been curious about the happenings inside the house.  This type of squirrel gymnastics is a startling thing to experience when one is sitting on the sofa inside.

The squirrels have been uprooting my potted plants by trying to bury acorns within the soft dirt.  I am hopeful that the squirrels will stay out in the yard where they belong!  I am not interested in hurting the squirrels and will simply discourage the squirrels from porch sitting.  So, shoo squirrel, shoo!  On the plus side, squirrels are pleasant for the most part, and are very entertaining!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

P.S. My thoughts and prayers are with those in Southern California who are affected by the terrible brush fires there.  I am thankful for those fighting the fires and providing related assistance.

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White-Breasted Nuthatches

I took these pictures of the little White-Breasted Nuthatch in my yard on February 17, 2012, and again on February 18, 2012.  The tiny birds were walking all around small branches of  large Oaks next to the pond.  White-Breasted Nuthatches live here in the Oaks.  They find small hollowed out spots in the trunks of the trees and make themselves at home.  These birds are white with grey backs and heads.  They have slender pointed bills that they use to find insects and seeds to eat.  They also enjoy eating berries, and some fruits.  The White-Breasted Nuthatches make a sound that is quite similar to the sounds that the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers make, a rapid-fire “chiff-chiff-chiff-chiff” that is thin, and soft. The nuthatches have discovered my newly installed bird feeder near my porch.  I am always happy to see the White-Breasted Nuthatches out and about!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I sure hope you’ll enjoy these pictures of the acrobats in action!

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