The Squirrel and the Loquat

Squirrel and Loquat 1

One morning as I was sitting under the apple tree having my cuppa, Sparky the squirrel came scampering by.

Having eaten all the seed I’d put out for her, she came looking for more food.

Squirrel 2

Hopping across the lawn she ventured ever closer to me, sitting up on her hind legs to double check I really was the Food Lady.

Yes, of course I speak back to her!

“You’ve eaten it all. That was it for today. Don’t be greedy!”

Squirrel 3

Realising nothing more was forthcoming, she scooted behind me and climbed up the ancient loquat tree. Here she looks rather rat-like, as she pauses in the lower branches, planning her route to the top.

Squirrel and Loquat 4

Our loquat tree may be over 50 years old. It’s certainly been in better health; many of the branches died so I had to cut them off. It seems to be a fungus that rings the bark, so the bark falls off and the branch dies. There were hardly any loquats this year.

Squirrel and Loquat 5

Still, right at the very top of one surviving limb, a small bunch of loquats bask in the sunshine.

Here, Sparky can eat the delicious ripe fruit to her heart’s content, thinking, “Mine, all mine!”

 

28 thoughts on “The Squirrel and the Loquat

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Loved the Sparky tale and wonderful loquat and begging photos!!πŸ™‚ For all the animals that visit, I’m amazed it’s the squirrels that appear to be able to eat nonstop all day. Then again, if it was chocolate chip cookies I could understand that determination!πŸͺ😁

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      And Yes! These squirrels sure can tuck in! – Though to be honest, I think I may have 3 different squirrels visiting, so I am never too sure if that particular one has eaten yet or not! πŸ˜€

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      1. oldmainer

        Had to look it up. The loquat originated in China and is sometimes referred to as a Chinese Plum. Learned something new this morning. Think I’ll take the rest of the day off.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Yeah I forget a loquat is not a well known fruit, but I’d not heard of it either till we found one in our garden!
      It’s like a small apricot I guess. πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Sparky has quite a personality. He gets extra points for his ingenuity to work his way to the top of that tree, through some pretty mangled branches, to enjoy a loquat!! Who needs your old seeds anyway? Lol.

    You got terrific close-ups Sci.
    Ginger

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