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I began making a comment on Mr. Peeper's Complain and Nag About the Weather thread, but like usual, got timed out, and after I logged back in, lost my post.



So, although this post may not be as clever as my original post -- I will talk about the grey squirrel, and provide a great link to an article -- Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds, Researchers Say






J. and I have a grey fuzzy visitor to our back deck railing around dusk, checking if J. has left her some unshelled peanuts, lined up in a row, on the railing. She often presses her nose up to the window overlooking the deck railing, as if to check in on these humans who leave her these rare nut treasures, from time to time


J. calls to her, softly, and she stops to listen, not scared in the least. So, perhaps it's not only bird-song that this squirrel listens to for comfort -- perhaps J. is the peanut-wielding squirrel whisperer. ❤️️
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I know the grey squirrel is an 'invader' or introduced species in the UK but this thread actually made me look up where they're originally from. I was curious because I'd never thought about it! We had a lot of beautiful red squirrels here before they came and now I can't ever say I've seen one. The grey ones are everywhere though We went on holiday two years ago and it was a lovely cabin in the woods type thing (as in a romantic getaway... not the horror film!) in Sherwood Forest. One problem we had was when we used the hot tub the gnats would come and try and bother you. I googled how to get rid of them and they said leave them fresh orange juice out in a bowl and it'll trap them and keep them away. The next day I open up the curtains to find three very angry grey squirrels fighting amongst themselves for the orange juice! One eventually won and drunk the whole thing and it must have been high in natural sugars because he went nuts (no pun intended) afterwards. He came back every day to see if we had refilled the bowl and we ended up being eaten by gnats because the orange juice was never full hahaha
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I know the grey squirrel is an 'invader' or introduced species in the UK but this thread actually made me look up where they're originally from. I was curious because I'd never thought about it! We had a lot of beautiful red squirrels here before they came and now I can't ever say I've seen one. The grey ones are everywhere though We went on holiday two years ago and it was a lovely cabin in the woods type thing (as in a romantic getaway... not the horror film!) in Sherwood Forest. One problem we had was when we used the hot tub the gnats would come and try and bother you. I googled how to get rid of them and they said leave them fresh orange juice out in a bowl and it'll trap them and keep them away. The next day I open up the curtains to find three very angry grey squirrels fighting amongst themselves for the orange juice! One eventually won and drunk the whole thing and it must have been high in natural sugars because he went nuts (no pun intended) afterwards. He came back every day to see if we had refilled the bowl and we ended up being eaten by gnats because the orange juice was never full hahaha

That's quite a story, catalinadee. Our lady squirrel has been very well behaved, and has been bringing along one of her little ones, lately, to check out the peanut situation. When J. goes out the side door, he often sees the two of them amongst the front yard maples, so he gives the tin can full of unshelled peanuts a shake and lets them know he's heading for the back deck to replenish the nuts on the railing.



Today we also caught sight of a bluejay on the deck railing, so the peanuts bring 'em all to our yard. xD


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