Grey squirrels visit our garden, munching on sunflower seeds and scrumping the peanuts left out for the birds. However I discovered quite early on in our now 3 year relationship that they seem to prefer the peanuts unshelled. No problem, I can keep in a stock of those as well.
A few days ago I was in the kitchen, finishing off a batch of chutney, when I spotted a squirrel, sat bolt upright and staring directly towards me. I knew immediately what to do.
I collected a few peanuts, still in their shells, and opened the door to the garden. By this time the little fellow had come a lot closer to the house and was sat waiting for me. Speaking softly to him (assuming male) I gently threw a peanut forward. He ran to it and put it into his mouth and waited until I had thrown a second and took that as well. He tried for the third but never can manage that many so turned tail and sped off back down the garden to who knows where, presumably to stash the bounty in readiness for winter. I returned to the kitchen to carry on with my task and about 10 minutes later he was back and the whole procedure began again.
People say they are pests/rodents but I like to see them - who could resist such cheeky charm?
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