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A possible cure for marauding squirrels...

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Just passing on a funny episode from the garden.

I have a butterfly garden in which I placed a birdfeeder on the tallest shepherd's hook I could find. Well, the neighbor's cat likes to hide under the viburnums and launch himself at the birds. emoticon I did temporarily leave my garden hose positioned so that I could just turn on the water at the spigot and squirt the little devil when I saw him--but he quickly learned just to leave as I came out the door...sooooo I remembered I had a rather sprawling cactus my cousin gave me just sitting in a pot as I didn't know quite where to put it. emoticon I drug it carefully under the feeder. That seemed to help the cat problem. emoticon

Later that same day, sipping some tea and looking out the window I noticed a couple of squirrels enticed by the smell of fruit and nuts in the feeder. They were used to grabbing a bite at the feeder but had noticed the new prickly neighbor. They reconnoitered the area, did lot of sitting on their haunches thinking. One (the smart one) walked away from the temptation but the other (who thought he was smarter) attempted to pull himself up the shepherd's hook. He must've bumped into the cactus because he suddenly dropped to the ground at which time he bounced like a ping-pong for a bit (must've got some of those tiny pricks in his feet) then he tore off into the trees like the devil was after him.... emoticon If only I could've gotten a video! Poor lil' fella'! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/27/2012 7:51PM


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DHARRIS10 5/15/2012 11:23AM

    Just reading this today. Made me laugh! Squirrels are a pain out my way, too.

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W5VEOTX 5/2/2012 6:19PM

    Oh so just ! Fantastic!

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MARYANN2323 5/2/2012 4:51PM

    Chuckle, chuckle. Reminds me of our old persian cat, years ago, who sat next to a cactus on the window sill. He walked around REALLY FUNNY like, so I checked him out. Poor baby had a large piece of that prickly pear cactus well entangled on his "boys." Got him shaved up and he never went near that window again. Hmmm....wonder why? lol.

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WILSON425 5/2/2012 1:04PM

    Too funny. Would have made for a good video.

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NAYPOOIE 5/2/2012 11:12AM


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SUSANFD 5/2/2012 10:18AM

    good idea! emoticon

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IDLETYME 5/2/2012 10:15AM

    Very good solution! That squirrel will probably find a different cafe for his morning snack. It probably is a problem keeping pests away when you have a garden. Good luck!! (Great blog)! emoticon

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