A River of Stones: Day 18

I had a small visitor today, but he had very little to say.

He simply stopped to utter “YooHoo, You there?” then went on his merry way.

But later when I took a peek, “rude” had been my visitor! he so filled with greed!

The goodies left for Mr. Cardinal? Now nothing more than hulls.

But my small visitor had feasted well indeed!

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52 thoughts on “A River of Stones: Day 18

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this River of Stones post Cecelia! I just am all taken with Fox Squirrels and I so enjoyed your whimsical words and pictures about this little brown visitor. He really likes to get up close and personal at your place 🙂 That top shot has me smiling! What a cutie.

    1. I know what you mean. I wanted to be angry with him for taking all the bird food, but he’s so adorable I fell in love with the guy instead! Check out my Perpetual Gratitude blog (see menu at top of page.)

  2. Oh Cecelia, these are wonderful photos – similiar to my collection – it seems I’ve spent a lifetime battleing the squirrels vs birdseed. Yet, I enjoy watching their cunning ways and am continually amazed at how crafty they are at finding the food.

    My current bird feeder system has come from years of trying to outsmart the squirrels. You might want to take a look if you’re intent on keeping the squirrels out. Of course then, you’ll miss getting these adorable photos. My compromise is a handful of seed on the ledge most days for the squirrels and ground feeders. I still get to watch them, but keep the majority of the seed safe. Check out my birdy how to if you like:
    http://huffygirl.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/huffyhow-birdy-buffet/

    1. Fantastic! I checked out the link, and I will certainly keep these suggestions in mind because we hope to be in our own home by spring. And there will be feeders for sure!!! Thanks for stopping by and for offering such helpful suggestions. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Linda, and in fact, he is out there feasting as I write this. He is very distracting so I may have to close the blinds just to get my coursework completed!

      Have a great day.

    1. Thanks Polly, As I answer your comment, I look out the window to see that my friend has returned. He is going to eat me out of house and home! But I agree with you, he is adorable. 🙂

  3. Oh, what wonderful pictures, Cecelia … and what a perfect *stone*!

    I see in a comment above, the word fox squirrels, and I notice that your guy seems to have different/thicker fur than ours. He’s so handsome 🙂

    I never tire of them either…

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebekah. Your squirrel was so cute. This one has a completely different look. When we lived in the metro-Washington, DC area, black squirrels (and gray) abounded. I find it quite interesting how squirrels differ in appearance from region to region, but ALL of them seem to go crazy for bird food!

      Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  4. These are awesome shots, Ms. F! You’ve captured some amazing details in these (and the one where she/he is standing on its hind legs is just too funny)!
    We have a TON of squirrels around our apartment (they’re much to quick for me to get a good photo of them, though). They LOVE to dig around on the roof… honestly, sometimes it’s so loud I’d swear they’ve nearly gone through! 🙂

    1. We used to have squirrels in a house we lived in in north-central PA. They actually lived in the walls and we could hear them scratching and running all the time. We could not find anything that would get rid of those squirrels. At least here this one stays outside and only comes to my window to peak in once or twice a day.

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

  5. Wow Cecelia, I’m enjoying your squirrel photos! I’m amazed how you were able to capture them in action. I tried to take some photos of a squirrel but they’re too quick I couldn’t get a snap! Your photos are lovely 🙂

    1. It helps that this squirrel was hungry and I had placed food on my window ledge! It is delightful watching him every day, and now he watches me, too! I can put my face up close to the window and we just stare at each other. Really cute.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    1. I know what you mean. It’s hard to stay mad at them for eating the bird food when they happen to look and act so adorable. 😉 But at the same time, I would like to have some birds around here, too. But, I’m not complaining.

      Hugs back,
      C

  6. What a great squirrel shot! Your rhyme is cute too.

    It is so coincidental that you wrote about a squirrel. My husband and I were just driving around the country and we almost ran over a hawk trying to get at a squirrel. The squirrel survived to live another day because our car scared the hawk!

    Cheers,
    Louise

    1. I’m sure the squirrel is grateful for your presence and that it gets to live another day! They are cute, aren’t they. Speaking of hawks, I got some great shots of a Hawk back in November when we were at my parents for Thanksgiving. I will post some soon.

      Shalom,
      C

  7. I love your small fellow–they are so cute! I adore squirrels. Lots of folks around here don’t like red squirrels because they like to gnaw on the electrical wiring in the attics and can cause fires. You are lucky to have cardinals. We don’t have any in our neck of the woods. 😦

  8. i know you are a very busy person but perhaps you could help me with a blogging question …. i am trying to create links in my blog the was you have here, in the black bar under your header photo … you have made links to your other blogs …and i cant see how to do it! it is probably something obvious … always easier to understand later! thanks for your help in advance, christine x

    1. I’m happy to help, Christine!
      1. On your dashboard sidebar, go to “Appearance” and the drop-down menu.
      2. From the drop-down, click on Menus
      3. When this opens up, you will see two primary collumns, one wide and the other narrow.
      4. In the narrow left hand collumn at the top, assign a name to your menu — I just use “Menu”
      5. Next, a little further down under “Custom Links” enter the url of the page you want to link to, and then in the box marked “Label,” the name of the page. If you want to add pages to your menu, just continue down that same collumn.
      6. In the larger right hand collumn, you can arrange the menu in any order you like.
      7. Depending on the theme you use, you can add other menus, but they will each have to have a separate name. I can only have one menu on my theme.
      8. VERY IMPRORTANT: Be sure to go to the bottom of the page and save your menu when you are all done. I can’t tell you how many times I forgot that step, and then I had to do everything all over again!

      Good luck!

    1. And he is even more adorable in person. You can actually put your face up to the window with your nose almost touching, and he does the same from the other side! Soooooooo cute! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sorin. I love the little critters and this one sure made it easy for me to photograph. It was as if he was posing for me. 🙂 And thanks for visiting my blog. Much appreciated.

  9. A very cute and adorable visitor. And great photos! 🙂

    And I absolutely loved your header image. Snow is so white and soft. 🙂

  10. Beautiful photos Cecelia! I love it when someone takes what could be a very frustrating situation (like a squirrel eating the birds’ food) and turns it into a very positive post. Love your River of Stones series!

    1. Thanks, Patricia. I think a lot of people see similar critters in their yards. This one is pretty bold, spending lots of time on our window ledge looking in. 🙂 What a treat!

    1. He has been visiting me daily. He is just like clockwork–9:30am everyday; he stays about 20 minutes to “chat and eat” and then he’s gone. 🙂 It has been delightful watching him.

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