Tuesday, July 10, 2012
And the Invasion can begin...
After nine long years of no squirrels, I finally have a squirrel pair living in Myrtle Glen. For several weeks there was only the squirrely-girlie watching me, following me along in the myrtle branches while I did my garden walks and I was waiting every day to see another.
I like squirrels, we had them living in our previous yards and we always got along just fine. Ah yes, there were the occasional difference in opinion on what is squirrel food or collector plant, but seriously, this is not important enough to start a war.
The common Gray Squirrel eats nuts and fruit and smart advice is to not feed them with corn on the cob and squirrel food, since this will attract more squirrels than the natural habitat can support.
Since I do have bird feeders and don't plan on giving up feeding the birds, I now add special treats for 'my' squirrels but just once in a while, like a piece of fruit, some dried corn kernels, or a handful of peanuts in the shell.
We will have to wait and see how it goes with the invasion :-)
Squirrels build nests of twigs and leaves high up in trees. They have 2 to 4 babies twice a year. Squirrels are a food source for their natural predators such as snakes, raccoons, hawks and owls. But more will come, there is never just one couple of squirrels per garden.
This means, if there is a valuable plant like an orchid sending out a juicy soft flower spike, I either move it to safety or place netting around it. I will lose bulbs, but bulbs are not expensive, I just will have to buy more.
Whatever trouble they will make, squirrels are here to stay and we will just have to get along ! :)