Friday, June 13, 2014

Game On...

 Now you know I like me my wildlife...
every creature is welcome at my house...

fat green caterpillars are welcome...



birds eat free....


bunnies are encouraged...


stray kitties help themselves to cat mint...


insects given a place to rest...


squirrels have come to dine...



gophers have been given the royal treatment for 'Pete's' sake...
("What's a Guy To Do?" July 2011 Part I thru VI)


I would welcome a goat should one choose to come visit me...


and so yesterday's squirrel was a welcome sight...



I greeted him with a cheery smile and a snap of my camera...




until I realized...



that this little critter was taking advantage of my hospitality....



chewing a hole in the storage box I keep my bird feed in...

OK little squirrel...
game on...




42 comments:

Crafting Queen said...

What a funny post! :) Love the photos and I wonder who will win. Hope Banjo is well. :)

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Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

They may be cute little guys but they can sure be pesky!

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE this post!!!

Sandra said...

this is one of my most favorite of your post. all these guys are welcome here to.. i save lizards and tiny frogs from the pool and rain barrel and the squirrels ate a hole in the top of our recycle trash can trying to get to the glass peanut butter jars in side... all are welcome, even our black snakes. with one exception... it is game on for the raccoon

Lin said...

Oh, you gotta have a metal container for birdseed. He doesn't mean any harm, he's just helping himself so you don't have to get up early to feed him.

My rule is: Everyone is welcome, but nobody can take over. In other words, when you start eating somebody else, you gotta move on.

Kamana said...

uh oh, naughty squirrel.

Grace said...

Fabulous photos...

It's me said...

Hhahahahahahah...owww such a sweet post....love from me Ria...x !

TexWisGirl said...

yup! i'm surprised your plastic bin has lasted that long! between the squirrels, raccoons and mice, i had to switch from plastic garbage cans to metal years ago.

Susan said...

hahahaha, that squirrel just doesn't know what he's up against does he?

Brian said...

That is going to be quite a battle!

Lúcia said...

I do remember the story about the new tenant! :)
xo

sharon said...

try taking a shower and hearing a commotion going on in your toilet, Only to see a squirrel frantically swimming around- now that is a sight to behold! paranoia sets in.

LMWIEBE said...

You are way to kind......and then you are taken advantage of, LOL! Can't wait for the following posts now 😊

LMWIEBE said...

You are way to kind......and then you are taken advantage of, LOL! Can't wait for the following posts now 😊

LMWIEBE said...

Oops, you may want to delete a few of mine! Didn't think it went through! Bawahahahaha......

Sylvia said...

Enjoyed this lovely post, Catherine, wonderful photos !
Oh, that squirrel ...
such a rascal ! :-)
Have a great weekend,
Sylvia

Tamago said...

LOL LOL LOL! I didn't see this coming! Such lovely photos made me smile, but the ending of this post cracked me up! Squirrels can be quite naughty! I look forward to the sequel :-)

troutbirder said...

yes indeed there is a limit and lines that must not be crossed. The deer here in our neighborhood went over the line this year.....:)

Lisa Gordon said...

They are definitely clever little critters, and adorable too!

I just love your gopher, Catherine. So sweet.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Elisabeth said...

I just love this post ,al this little animals feel so welcome!!
Have a great weekend ,hugs Elisabeth

bobbybegood1 said...

that is hilarious. at first i thought you were talking about the french open (tennis). wow, are their teeth really that damn strong? wholly moly it must have been one hungry rodent. is that you with a real goat? how adorable is that! i love goats. they get a bad rap. terrific post. have a grea weekend catherine. cheers!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
What a lovely natural environment you are living in during the sunny months!
Escept for the stray kitties; can't imagine how they must suffer in winter time! How cruel people can be for not spaying and neutering to avoid this?...
Love that photo with you and the goat. And yes, squirrels have done quite some damage to our property as well. Remember the birdfeeder that little kids hand painted for us? The entire jar was on the ground one day. Maybe even a raccoon was involved. Now Pieter has put a front in and it serves as a bird house for little birds!
Hugs,
Mariette

Becca said...

Hahaha! Thanks for the laugh! I feel your pain friend. We bought new containers for our bird seed, corncobs, peanuts…etc, and all the lids got chewed on…now they're metal buckets! Love all the photos!

Ann said...

Not all guests know how to behave themselves.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful photos ... squirrel on hospitality oblivious.
Greetings and nice weekend.

Jen Vandervoort said...

You might find yourself on the losing end of that one..they can be very determined. But he is cute, despite the attitude.

Jen

Tammy said...

Ha-ha! Dang, that squirrels got some tough teeth. :) Enjoy your vacation to the hilt. Hugs, Tammy

Penny said...

A few years ago squirrels seem to be taking over at my parents. They love to feed the birds and bunnies but the squirrels were being pests in their eyes. My dad came up with a game plan. He would live trap them and then take them up to the fairgrounds to leave them there. The problem was that he could never keep up and finally gave up. I use to laugh and tell him that they probably beat him back to his house and brought friends. I'm anxious to see what you will do to win.

Linens and Royals said...

And then you rushed out and opened the box for the cute squirrel, right???

Fuzzy Tales said...

I've always liked squirrels, especially the grey and red ones, but they certainly can cause problems, be real pests.

BTW, since all critters are welcome at your home, I'd like to send you my carpenter ants.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks fot your comment .Just play the music and dance with your hubby ,it will be great
Hugs Elisabeth

Pam said...

He knows a softie when he sees one!

Mary said...

Lol! Squirrels ate such clever little buggers. And greedy. Did i mention greedy?! Lol again. Good thing for them that they're adorable.

Katnip Lounge said...

Where's the photographic evidence of HIM chewing? Those could be cat fang marks! NOT. LOL!

Eileen said...

It would seem Mr. Squirrel has worn out his welcome. Or maybe he is simply trying to tell you he's hungry?

Gorgeous photos!

Any hints on how to invite songbirds and not just grackles to the bird feeder? They are such meanies to other birds I'd rather not feed them if I can help it!

Have a great weekend!

Betsy Adams said...

Stopping by to say Happy Father's Day.

HA HA HA---Been there--done that... The squirrels and Raccoons both try to chew holes into our big plastic container (where we keep our birdseed)..

So---squirrels and raccoons and chipmunks (which dig up our tulip and lily bulbs) are NOT welcome in 'my' bird kitchen. Yes---I know I'm discriminating --so I may get in trouble with the restaurant association... ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh what a fun post!! Such a great variety of 'game'...wild game.

That nasty chewing is to be expected, I guess. They all like freebies, but when covered, they'll work on getting to it somehow.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Wow, that's quite the selection of wildlife you have there. So funny, I was just thinking that I haven't seen a squirrel since we moved here. They're wily little guys. You may have your hands full....Good luck!
Carolynn

Splendid Little Stars said...

uh oh!
Once a squirrel chewed a hole in my wood garage door to get to the bag of feed kept inside.

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

a determined squirrel is a difficult foe indeed..

good luck with that

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