Snow Thief by Skeeter
We are in the middle of winter and I cannot help but wonder how all the critters in the wild deal with cold winter nights. What do they do to stay warm during snowy days or worse yet, during an ice storm? I can only assume their fur or body temperatures help them to adapt to what ever element Mother Nature throws their way.
We feed the birds and have oak trees filled with nuts, therefore we have squirrels all over the yard. I have a love hate relationship with the squirrels. I enjoy watching them scamper about in the yard playing chase with each other and am amazed at their acrobatic skills. I enjoy them until they get into my potted flowers or dig in the landscaping or flower garden. Then I get a bit miffed and tend to call them Tree Rats! I fuss at them and I am sure they go high into the trees laughing at me while chanting, Cant Catch Me, Cant Catch Me! Argggg…
I put 5 small fake pine trees on the front porch as my winter decoration. I have the trees filled with fake birds and fake snow on the branches. I pile the snow high under the trees to hide the bricks which hold the trees in place on windy days. Real birds take refuge in the trees some nights. The fake snow consists of Pillow Stuffing materials. The Squirrels found the stuff last winter and have again returned this year. They are brazen enough to creep up on the porch and steal the snow as the cats watch them from the window! I am not sure if this is only one thief or if he has friends involved but I have seen trails of white fluff all over the yard in all directions! He (or she, or they) have found the perfect nesting materials to keep them cozy at night.
I think they are cute as can be while in the process of their little caper. It drives the cats nuts! They run from window to window for hours looking for the squirrels each day. I was able to snap a picture of one in the act last year. I wanted to get this posted around Christmas time because I thought he looked like Santa with the white beard! I am yet to get a better shot of one this year. They move too quickly and they have great eyesight so if they see me, they disappear then sneak back at a later time when I am not looking. So far this year, I have replenished the snow under the trees three times! But I don’t mind it as I feel I am helping keep the little buggars a bit warmer…
Do any of you do anything special for the wild animals during the winter to help them out a bit?
posted by Skeeter at 1/26/2008 08:30:00 PM