First published: 21-Sep-2013
It's squirrel time again. I found a different spot with a high squirrel probability and good potential for photography, lots of natural features where they can pose for the camera . I put a peanut feeder up about two weeks ago and scattered... hazelnuts a few times since. This was the first time I went there to sit and wait to see what would happen. I was just reading my e-book and drinking coffee and within 15 minutes or so I heard the muttering call of a squirrel overhead. It didn't show itself until about an hour later. Then it went in search of the hazelnuts that I scattered in the area. Initially it was very wary
and there were longer periods where it didn't show itself. A cat on the prowl (that I shoo-ed away) and a buzzard landing nearby interrupted the hazelnut search for a bit. I have made sure that I chose an area where there is still plenty of cover for the squirrels (and birds using the feeder) and trees around, so that they don't have to cross large open areas.
After four hours the squirrel became a lot bolder and it even came to check me out from a tree right next to me. After that he didn't seem scared at all anymore and came searching for hazelnuts within a few meters, running on and off to burry the nuts. After a session of 5 hours my legs were numb and my stomach shouting for food. I was about to go when a second squirrel showed itself, so I postponed my departure to prevent scaring the squirrel off. It never came down from the tree, but it is very promising to see two squirrels on my first visit and one so close by. The place is still a bit of an overgrown wilderness and I need to do some more gardening to get rid of the tall grass and fallen twigs. Once it's tidied up I'm hoping to get some good shots. Looking forward to spending more time there. A good start of the autumn season. The trees are turning red already!