Sunday, 29 April 2012

Taking The Lid Off Things

Or how to break-in to a squirrel-proof feeder.

Here's the culprit having a drink from a plant container full of rainwater. Fortunately, the container didn't have a plant in it. Although aquatic plants would be quite happy in there at the moment.

And after having a drink, he decided to check out a large plant pot, looking for food.

But eventually he found the bird feeders. These are all squirrel-proof, supposedly.

And at first, he did struggle a bit. That looks painful.

But then he decided to just remove the lid. Easy peasy.

These photos were taken yesterday, because it's raining again today. My camera's not waterproof, and neither am I for that matter. Now I know that rain is not a 'once in a lifetime' event, even though Sheffield had broken its 130 year old record for April rainfall with 153.4mm (that's 6 inches in real money) by Friday. Hang on a minute, that is a 'once in a lifetime' event isn't it ?

Will be interesting to see what the final April rainfall total for Sheffield will be. And would you believe, they are forecasting a heatwave for tomorrow ?  Yes, they are. Really.

21 comments:

  1. Oh you can't beat a squirrel for entertainment in the garden! Little critters don't give up!
    So the 'drought's' back on tomorrow...well there's something to look forward to! Flip-flops out! x

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    1. Well that wasn't a bad day was it? Get your brolly and wellies out now though. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

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  2. Get away with you - a heatwave - seeing is believing! Squirrels are tenacious little devils aren't they - great shots.

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    1. It was a one day only heatwave though. Back to normal tomorrow.

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  3. Hi Crystal,

    Damn clever those squirrels....always good for an afternoon's entertainment.

    The sun has just appeared here, after a morning of torrential rain. We had another inch in the last 24 hours. I have a rain guage in the garden, and so far this month we have had five inches of rain.......
    I am looking forward to that heatwave, no matter how short it is :)

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    1. Five inches of rain ? I'll raise you one, we've had six inches and that didn't include Sunday's deluge. Heatwave over now, back to the rain.

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  4. Those squirrels are monkeys! Rain rain rain in Leeds too

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    1. I bet our rain was wetter than yours.

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  5. Wiewiórka jest zabawna, więc i Twoje zdjęcia też. Uśmiechałam się oglądając je. Pozdrawiam.
    The squirrel is funny, and so your pictures too. I smiled watching them. Yours.

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  6. So funny! They really are very entertaining and you captured the action beautifully.

    This weather is ridiculous!! The high winds brought down my lovely old Lilac tree. I can't see up the garden and it's going to take days to clear it away...then there's the big space it will leave...ShySongbird, News at 10.45, Not Happy....:-(

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    1. Sorry to hear about your lilac tree, but when you've cleared it all away, you'll have a large area to plant something new.

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  7. I just realised I missed your previous post with the lovely Berberis. I wish I could find somewhere to put one in my garden. My friend has one but hates it because she has a severe bee (and wasp) phobia and of course it is a magnet to the bees. Her husband loves it though because of the birds it attracts to its berries.

    I was absolutely fascinated by your 'seven things'! Particularly the music bit. I love music, all kinds so just checked out UOGB on You Tube. I don't know why I'd never heard of them, they're so talented and so funny:-) You're not one of them are you??? I'm really intrigued by your snippet about being a musician and songwriter!! I do hope that one day you will tell us more.

    By the way, shortly after my comment last night we had a power cut and being all electric it was a real pain, a fitting end to a very unpleasant day!

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    1. I do play ukulele but not as good as UOGB. My main instrument is guitar.
      You had a really bad day yesterday, didn't you ? Hope today was better because tomorrow the rain is due back.

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  8. What fabulous photos! I wish squirrels weren't so clever and cute.

    I hope that you kept your fluids up throughout the heatwave and that you are not now nursing terrible sunburn.

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    1. Well that's summer over for another year. Now they're forecasting snow for the weekend.

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  9. It looks like Mother Nature is making up for the lack of rain earlier in the year. Now she needs to have a talk with the squirrels and let them know that bird food is not squirrel food.

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    1. Yes Nature always pays her debts. Might have to put some signs up for the squirrels, not that they'd take any notice.

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  10. Cheeky blighter, we used to enjoy the antics of the squirrels,that was before our horrible council killed them. April was a hellish month here, don't think we had quite so much rain. Parts of the west coast of Scotland are having a heatwave,still bloomin cold here though.

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    1. Our council have done the opposite. They used to employ a man who went out at dawn to shoot the squirrels in the woods. When he retired, no-one else was willing to do the job. We never used to see squirrels at all, but now they are regular visitors.

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  11. Good photos of the squirrel! Hope you get some sun soon!

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