Monday, May 17, 2010

Eastlake Victorian Gardens: A Squirrel's-Eye View

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Hi! My name is Skippy, and I'm one of the many squirrels who call this yard home. The human proprietors were outside gardening all weekend, so I decided it was a great opportunity to sneak into their house to do a little blogging!

All squirrels are welcome in the Eastlake Victorian Gardens, as demonstrated here by my pal Zorro.

Zorro on Welcome Sign

Follow me. This way. I want to show you something...

One of My Trees

Look at these great seeds! The humans think they are feeding the birds, but we know better, don't we? Please, help yourself!

Bird Feeder

Those seeds are making me thirsty. How about you?

Bird Bath

You thought that was tasty? You ain't seen nothin' yet! Come, this way...

One of My Trees

Stay close...

Secret Passageway

Lamb's Ear, by the way. Very soft...

Lamb's Ear

Would you look at that! The humans made a bird feeder out of a little bird cage! The birds love it...

Sparrows in Feeder

And so do I!

Skippy in Bird Feeder

This is the life! Don't you agree?

Skippy in Bird Feeder

See, even the chipmunks are welcome!

Chippy in Feeder

The ground feeder catches the dropped seeds so we don't miss a bite!

Skippy Eating Seeds

Man, I'm thirsty again. Let me take you to the best watering hole this side of Chicago! Over the obstacle course...

Obstacle Course

There it is! Doesn't that look refreshing?

Pond Reflection

This place has ambience! They serve all species here.

Bird Bathing in Pond

This looks like the drinking perch for us!

Drinking Perch

What have the humans done? This used to be one of my favorite trees. I guess it will have to be just a bench now (sigh). Oh well, on to the next feeder...

Stump

Zorro! You beat me to it!

Zorro on Feeder

Zorro?

Zorro Hanging from Feeder

Hey, save some for us! That's OK. I know of another feeder...

Zorro Close-up

Uh oh! Caught red-handed! By none other than the great and powerful Seed-Guy! OK, so I've chewed through several finch thistle socks. Big deal!

Nut & Seed Guy!

Seed-Guy says we should use the nice nut box he gave us. Isn't it pretty?

Squirrel Feeder

Or, should I say, "was" pretty. The youngsters couldn't figure out how to open the lid (kids these days!) so they started chewing to get at the nuts. Sorry, Seed-Guy!

Nut Box, Chewed Up

Some of my fellow squirrels (who shall remain nameless) like to chew things they shouldn't be chewing. Come, let me show you another example... over another obstacle course...

Obstacle Course

Over here...

Coral Bells

Look at that! Somebody just HAD to get into the garage to hide a nut! Poor Seed-Guy had to cover the hole with some heavy bricks.

Hole in Garage Door

Well, that's the grand tour! Hope you enjoyed it!

One of My Trees

Want to come back to my place to chill for awhile?

Skippy on Tree

Chew the fat with me and my pals?

Skippy & Friend

I understand, you have to get going. Remember, you're always welcome to my home in the Eastlake Victorian Gardens!

Welcome to the Nut House

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Disclaimer: Eastlake Victorian Gardens is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. All animals are welcome. Even worms.

National Wildlife Foundation Certification

12 comments:

A. Kadowaki Busby said...

Wonderful shots of your haven Pam.
Sooo sweet.

Anyes
XX

La Petite Gallery said...

Your house is so sweet. Thoses
Squirrels got into my friends hous and started eating throufg the ceiling in her bedroom. we have red ones here, they can be a problem..but so cute.

yvonne

Eastlake Victorian said...

Anyes-

Thank you. It's a nice garden, I think.

-Skippy

Eastlake Victorian said...

Yvonne-

Those red squirrels are little rascals! We don't have any around here. Just us gray, brown and black ones. Usually we stay out of peoples' homes (unless we sneak inside to do some blogging!).

-Skippy

Dana and Daisy said...

this is so cute Pam! I loved it,a nd so did Daisy, She is chattering at the squirels! She thinks chat on facebook should be called chattering! lol!

GWENDOLYN said...

I enjoyed the tour very much. How nice of the critters to pose for you and such.
Blessings
Gwen

Eastlake Victorian said...

Dana & Daisy-

Only one of the proprietors' cats likes to chatter at us squirrels! The other one looks like a squirrel. As long as they don't come outside to mess with me, we're cool.

-Skippy

Eastlake Victorian said...

Gwen-

Glad you liked the tour! We squirrels can do a lot with our little hands. Taking pictures is one of my hobbies!

-Skippy

The Blackwood Cottage said...

The squirrel pictures are great! I too blogged about squirrels a few posts back and I have not caught them on camera like I would like. They continue to empty my flower boxes and create a wee bit of caos in my backyard garden! But, they are cute....you can see that in your photos! Great post!
Machelle

Eastlake Victorian said...

Machelle-

I read your squirrel post, and your squirrels are cute! Tell them they can always make their way up north and visit my garden. We squirrels can learn a lot from each other!

-Skippy

Martha said...

Gardens should be havens for wildlife as well as flowers. Love the black squirrel -- ours are brown only. And we love it when they visit our feeders! I can't imagine hanging upside down and eating! Does not sound like fun to me!

Great pictures and great story!

Eastlake Victorian said...

Martha-

My black squirrels friends are just gray squirrels in disguise. We're the same species, just with a pigment variation!

As for eating upside-down, you should try it sometime. Variety is the spice of life!

-Skippy

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