Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Coming home from work today, I had the best surprise. I looked out the front window and there was something big at the bird table, the new bird table that I got yesterday for Mothers' Day. I wasn't sure what it was, so I went to another room where the binoculars live to have a better look. It was a red squirrel! He is eating the fat ball as I type this!!
The bird table now stays where it is. I was going to move it closer to the house, but I'll not now.
Red squirrels are becoming a rare sight in this country. The North American grey squirrel is displacing them. As a native North American, I'd like to take this opportunity to say I'm terribly sorry about all of this. The grey squirrels are bolder, more vigorous and are taking the food and breeding spots away from the smaller native British red. The greys also carry a disease that infects the more delicate red squirrels. There are pockets where populations of red squirrels are still holding out. One of these rare hold out places is right here at Whitelees!
Guess who will always put peanuts and fat balls out on her bird table from now on? Answer: me