Several times a day Sparky the squirrel hops around our stoep, peeping through the glass door and waiting expectantly for a few nuts.
Sparky on my Stoep 2
I thought he was a greedy little thing, popping by so often, till I realised that there was more than one Sparky, when I happened to see two at the same time! One definitely looks fatter; and one has a straggly tail.
Sparky on my Stoep 3
The fat one sometimes sits on top of the stone rabbit, waiting for his food. He takes the nut and eats it on the stoep. The thinner one always runs far away to eat his.
All of them eat a few and bury a few for the lean times.
Still, I think that each does come by more than once a day. I should put little coloured collars on them so I can tell them apart!
Then I ought to get tiny little identity discs with their name and my telephone number, and then . . . .
Two baby squirrels have been frolicking around my garden lately. They used to have a parent in tow, but now they appear solo.
Baby Squirrel 2
When I went outside and saw the little family on the grass, the parent would immediately run away to safety, while the kids just stared at me!
They still have a lot to learn about the ways of the world.
Baby Squirrel 3
My most recent encounter was when I walked round the side of the house to check on my honeysuckle. I turned the corner and spotted the two baby squirrels scratching around the bushes. We all instantly froze!
Baby Squirrel 4
Very slowly, I turned my back on them and took a step away then stood still. Next second one of the squirrels darted right in front of me, past my foot, headed for the relative safety of the bird bath. A moment later the second squirrel passed by me on my right, leaping along the grass in little bounds.
It wasn’t the safest escape route, but I guess they will learn in time.
post script: You can see from the last photo just how far away the tiny squirrel was. Also, he was sitting in the bright sunlight. Both these factors made it very hard for my little Canon camera to capture a clear shot, but hopefully you can see well enough.