Who Killed the Squirrels?

“In nature everything is valuable, everything has its place. The rose, the daisy, the lark, the squirrel, each is different but beautiful.” Diane Dreher.

This weekend, over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC, the Photo Challenge is Visitors.

SONY DSCMaking its debut appearance, and almost as soon as the newly purchased nut feeder was strung, was a grey squirrel, and since that long-ago day, the grey squirrels have been regular visitors to our garden; some with brownish markings as above and others simply grey. 

Over the years we cursed the squirrels many times for stealing the nuts and forcing us to stock up and fill the feeders more often. 

SONY DSCEventually, I purchased three squirrel proof feeders, but watching the squirrels perform acrobatic antics in fruitless efforts to feed themselves began to tug at my heartstrings, so I gave them a feeder of their own. Unfortunately, most of the birds prefered this feeder too, so I still had to top it up often!

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Nonetheless, as a family we enjoyed watching the squirrels as they chased one another up and down the trees and saw off rivals for food, but once it was clear who was in charge, the others would either sit on a branch and wait their turn or try their luck on one of the squirrel-proof feeders.

At the start of September, we heard gunshots, not too unusual if it had been the weekend because that’s when a farm a few fields away holds a clay pigeon shoot; but the shots we heard were random, and at different times of the day so we assumed a farmer from another farm was shooting rabbits or crows.

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A few days later I realised that the squirrel feeder was still two thirds full, so I put myself on Garden Watch, but although there were plenty of birds, not a single squirrel appeared.

Remembering the random gunshots, it began to dawn on us that someone had been on a killing spree! We asked ourselves who could do such a thing, and why?

As winter takes a hold, I Look out upon the squirrel free garden, and over and over this same question runs through my mind; Who killed the Squirrels?

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Visitors from Weekly Prompts

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40 thoughts on “Who Killed the Squirrels?

  1. “Unfortunately, most of the birds prefered this feeder too, so I still had to top it up often!” haha 🙂 Alas yes they are so often seen as pests. I do happen to like them – even when stealing the bird nuts – I have never thought of looking for a squirrel feeder.

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    1. It’s actually a bird feeder but the holes in the mesh are a little wider which make it easier for the squirrels. I used to have seed feeders but the squirrels would tip the feeder sidewards to spill the seed on the ground, this attracted the rats so I stopped.

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      1. A lot of the houses around us have seed feeders around us, ourselves included. And yes it does tend to attract the rats if left to build up, to say nothing about the interesting grasses that grow.

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      2. Seeds tipped onto grass by squirrels are very hard to clear away. The rats were spotted in daylight so I removed the seed feeders. Nuts tend to stay in the feeders.

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  2. 😦 😦 😦
    This makes me very sad, Sue.
    Squirrels have brought me such joy in my life. I love watching them work and play. I think they must be very intelligent because of the things they think of to do.
    Please let us know if you see any of them in the days and weeks to come.
    (((HUGS)))
    PS…that is a wonderful quote!

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      1. I’ll see if I can put a video here.

        You put the food up inside the “horsehead” for the squirrels. A friend of ours had one and said it worked well and was safe for the squirrels.

        Let’s see if this works.

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    1. These came from woodland at edge of a couple fields, they were comical to watch running across the fields, always took the same track hugging the edge of a stone wall as they ran along. Thank you Derrick.

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Beautiful squirrels. Good grief, what is wrong with people! Squirrels need to eat too. So more seed has to be added to the feeder. Hardly a reason to be killing them. I hope your squirrels return soon. Maybe they’ve just vacated the area for awhile until they feel safe again.
    Ginger

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    1. I agree it really is not a good reason to kill. I cannot understand hunting/killing of any animal. With one exception… Rats! But that’s another story waiting to be told. Thank you so much Ginger 🙂

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    1. I agree with you Louisa. Most of the squirrels seem to run across from the woodland in the scout camp. Could it have been the Warden or one of the farms on Occupation Lane? Has to be someone from that area wouldn’t you say. Thank you for commenting I appreciate it. xx 🙂

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  4. Oh, this is so sad, Sue. We have so many squirrels here–between all the oak and pine trees, the squirrels love jumping from tree to tree for a tasty snake. I stop my car when I see them running across the street. One car behind me honked his horn at me as if to say, “It’s just a squirrel, lady. Get a move on.” He was so lucky I didn’t come flying out of my car and show him a move or two of mine! Hopefully yours return.

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    1. Thank you Lois. Yes, it is very sad. I cannot understand those who do not gain pleasure from seeing wildlife all around us. Squirrels are such ingenious creatures too they were always fun to watch. Thank you Lois. 🙂

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    1. Graham used to call them Tree Rats, but he started this whole bird/ squirrel feeding thing in the first place, I inherited his wildlife cafe and continued.

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  5. I’m not a fan of the squirrels, but they can be cute, as your photos show, and I think they’re smart. We had too many at one time and an enterprising hawk took care of that problem.

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    1. Just found you in Spam Folder!
      Yes, I think one or two of the local population around here have, over the years been taken by the winged predators. Thank you for your comments, Lisa🙂

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  6. Our ‘squirrel proof’ feeder is nothing of the sort. The birds and squirrels share it and I love seeing the squirrels hang upside down to use it. The seeds they drop on the ground are hoovered up by our half dozen local wood pigeons.I know some folk don’t like them but I do. We still get tits,sparrows, a robin and the blackbirds.

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    1. It’s raining and windy here but still the birds are clinging on the feeders. Like you we get everything that is happy to live up north, I’m particularly fond of seeing the Jays and woodpeckers. and I don’t mind wood pigeons either. A comfy chair in my kitchen is perfectly positioned to bird watching.

      I was happy for bigger birds to pick up the seeds but when the rats showed up in broad daylight I had no choice but to remove the seed feeders.
      Thank you Julie 🙂

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  7. We have a neighbor that shoots squirrels. I don’t even know what to say. They don’t even live here, they only come sometimes on the weekends and I really can barely say hello. I have always had squirrels at my feeders and I happily tried to supply them with what I thought they liked. I mean, you just deal with it, I think. I don’t know, I guess the squirrel killers are just on another plane of existence.

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    1. I really do not like those that hunt. A neighbour once asked if he could come on to our land and shoot the magpies, his reasoning being there were too many of them. I refused his request. That said, one year we had eleven newborn lambs killed by crows. My late husband and another farmer spent a day shooting the crows in the hope that the killers were amongst them. Thank you Candice. 🙂

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  8. Also, if the squirrel killers were eating the squirrels they killed then that’s one thing but these people just kill for no reason. The squirrels lay dead in their front yard, I mean, what the heck? I’m getting so mad now, I better stop.

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    1. Candice, I spotted your pingback on Weekly Prompts. The deers in the storm were absolutely lovely, but I couldn’t find a comments box to say so.

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      1. Thank you for letting me know. Even though I have comments checked as on for my website, I have to go and still check it manually in some individual posts. On this one, I had two versions and WordPress asked me to delete either the web version or the app version. Of course I deleted the wrong one and had to practically start over and republish. Ach! Now it says I have -5 likes. I always learn the hard way! LOL!

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      2. Do you know how to reset the comments box. If not, we have a help section on Weekly Prompts named How To. One of the pages explains how to reset it.

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