Sunflower Seeds

Squirrel on the fence

We sneaked a few days away last week for a little cycling break up on the North Norfolk coastal area – beautiful! While we were away our youngest son, who was keeping house for us, sent this photo of a squirrel eating the sunflower seeds from one of our dead sunflowers.

When I went to investigate on our return I found no evidence of the sunflower head at all, it had been completely bitten off. There was no sign of it on the ground nearby. I think he must have carried it off and possibly buried it. I’m now a little worried that next year I might have sunflowers popping up in all the most unlikely spots in the garden!

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Industrious

Super industrious squirrel,
back and forth
collecting walnuts from the tree,
seeking to bury them
in the lawn.

Hazel

Rogue sapling of a hazel nut tree
growing in the rockery,
no doubt planted by a squirrel.

I dig it out, roots and all,
pot it in mixed compost and loam
ready to find a more suitable home.

Meerkat

Squirrel
thinks he’s
a meerkat, stands
alert on the lawn.
Scarpers.

Squirrel

Squirrel,
wrecker of the bird feeder,
I do not begrudge you your meal;
it is winter and you are hungry too.
How I enjoy your antics but —
a little less destruction
if you will.

Feed the Birds

Something keeps knocking
the bird feeders down
and spilling the seed
all over the ground.
It might be a squirrel
so just in case
I’ve re-hung the fat-balls
in a different place!

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One of the feeders was actually broken, so I bought a new and better quality one today, filled it with seed, went to hang it up but dropped it – and guess what; it’s broken!

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