First published: 27-Dec-2012
I feel a bit like Little Thumbling at the moment. In the place where I have been photographing the squirrels for the past three or four years the trees have grown much higher and the area has become so much darker. So I have decided to lure these squirrels to a brighter bit of forest not far from where they hang around now. Within the patch of forest where I have been feeding and photographing the squirrels I can sit almost anywhere and they will just come to me, but they need a bit of encouragement to find the feeder in the new place, eventhough it’s still close by.
So instead of Little Thumbling’s bread crum trail, I have been leaving a hazelnut and peanut trail from their usual place to the new place. Yesterday I realised I was maybe a bit over-ambitious and had to move the feeder back a bit, so that I’ll move it in stages. I’m sure I (or rather they) will get there eventually, but it may take some time. It is not all that easy to find a bright place where there is still plenty of cover for the squirrels. It is very easy to find a bright spot with a photogenic tree trunk (or drag some branches or trunks to a lovely spot), but I always take care not to lure the squirrels out in the open to much, because of the local sparrow hawk, buzzards and domestic cats.