child at heart


There are hundreds of red squirrels around those feeders in the park, that I’ve written so much about before. They run around like maniacs … it’s dizzying to watch them.

Then, there’s this grey squirrel. He’s much bigger, he’s timid … moves at a slow pace. Not at all aggressive like the red ones … rather stand-offish.

When he comes around, I throw a peanut towards him. The first times, he seemed to get a little scared and backed off, before he went back and picked it up. Now, this has happened so many times, so …. when he comes around [and that’s not always], he stops and looks at me. I throw a peanut, he immediately picks it up … runs a little bit, then he halts and looks back at me! Like he wanted to say thanks!

This is childish on my part, but it’s kind of nice to indulge in those fuzzy feelings… that he reallyΒ recognizesΒ ME, of all the people who go there every day.

22 Replies to “child at heart”

  1. What a shot! So happy with his peanut —
    The squirrels this year around here have incredibly bushy tails, fatter even than this —- I had thought it meant a cold winter, but was wrong.

    1. Yeah, he’s such a sweetie …

      All these guys, in the park, are well fed, regardless of season πŸ™‚

    1. It feel that way, when he looks me in the eye πŸ˜†

      The white powder?! It’s the same substance that Coca-Cola used to contain about a hundred years ago…

    1. Thank you, Karina … He’s one of the easier ones to capture — he’s not all that fast..

  2. When I was a kid, there was a gray squirrel that lived by the window of our apartment. Every day when we got home for school, we’d wait for him to come out. It was so much fun to watch him – so cute! πŸ™‚

    1. How sweet! πŸ™‚ Another friend told me about an [also grey] squirrel, that used to stand outside her patio door, looking in … until she gave him peanuts.. They really are cute!

  3. HI,
    I think that is just so sweet that he is starting you recognize you, that is great that you have got a kind of friendship with a wild animal, good on you for keeping it up. He is gorgeous. πŸ˜€

    1. Yes, it is …at least I think I have πŸ™‚ He’s such a darlin’, since all the others are extremely aggressive towards one another..

  4. If you go there on a regular basis, he probably is recognizing you; animals like routine and you have started one. He’s so cute. Great shot of him with the peanut Rebekah!

    1. Somehow … even though he has a very little brain … I think he does πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Barb..

      1. Chickens have small brains and I always thought they were stupid – till I raised some. Not so! And I would think a squirrel has a bigger brain than a chicken!

        1. I think so too πŸ™‚ …and anything that’s food-related, they probably remember first!

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