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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Animal antics

The animal residents of the boardwalk provide lots of entertainment as we walk there every day. On a recent windy day a bird feeder containing sunflower seeds hung from a branch swaying in the breeze.





The squirrel stretched down from a nearby branch and grasped the feeder as it swayed in the wind.





It held onto the upper branch with its hind paws as it scooped up as many seeds as it could handle. 





Drawing itself back onto the the upper branch, it sat and nibbled the seeds, then repeated the acrobatics for more. 




In spite of tremendous, the little animal persevered. I admire its determination.


P.S.


I live on the east coast of Canada, on Prince Edward Island. Prior to my life here, I lived on the eastern most island of Canada, an island in the North Atlantic called Newfoundland. I am an islander in every sense.

27 comments:

Ginnie said...

Man alive, Marie. You really ARE an islander. WOW. Of course, I guess the squirrel is, too. But I wonder if that feeder is really a BIRD feeder or just a squirrel feeder?? HA! Hopefully some of the birds are able to inch their way in. :)

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Squirrels are nothing short of genius! I can assure you, having spent my entire life observing nature, other animals are equally resourceful and successful, we just don't see them the way we are able to observe urban rodents.

bill burke said...

Those little squirrels will do anything to get a mouthful of seeds. They're great performers and that itself is worthy of some free seeds. :) Nice captures, Marie!

Retired Knitter said...

Beautiful country up there.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's amazing the contortions that squirrels can get themselves into for food.

Anita said...

Wow so cute With this squirrel!!

you do very Nice photoes!

Make us smile and thats good :)))

The Furry Gnome said...

Something special about a true islander!

Rhodesia said...

Presumably, somebody goes our and tops up the feeders each day. Never seen anything like that here :-(( Take care and have a good weekend, Diane

Elephant's Child said...

What an incredibly agile little beastie. I am also an islander (aren't we all) but the island of Australia is much bigger than yours which I suspect has pluses and minuses.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I'm convinced a squirrel can climb ANYTHING, especially if it involves food. Wonderful photos!

photowannabe said...

Squirrels certainly are acrobates.
Great captures. such a lovely area.

Ruth Hiebert said...

That squirrel got lunch and a workout all at the same time.

Rose said...

I bet that was fun to watch. I can't imagine living on an island, but I wish I had had the opportunity to try it.

Anvilcloud said...

I don't think they can be defeated.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh he really was a determined little sweetie 😊 I've missed your boardwalk discoveries Marie, fab shots of the osprey a few posts back 💙

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Cute and colorful squirrel. They always manage to find a way to the feeders. Great captures. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

DJan said...

Thanks for the squirrely antics. I enjoyed seeing them but am so glad I don't have to deal with them any more. When I fed the birds, they were a nuisance and I learned there is no such thing as a squirrel-proof feeder. :-)

Mage said...

I watched a special on PBS once...all ab0ut squirrels. Amazing animals. Thanks for these images.

Catarina said...

Squirrels are "vivacious" little creatures.

At Home In New Zealand said...

The ingenuity of that squirrel just goes to show that there is always a means to every end :)

Kayni said...

What a great capture! Squirrels are so quick witted. They're also cute.

Debbie said...

they are little gymnasts!! they can master anything they want to!!!

Angela said...

Indeed squirrels are amazing! I love them! You are an Islander for sure! Wish I could had an experience to live there for a couple of months, that area of Canada looks beautiful. I am not too old ( almost 60) so we don't plan on going anywhere any more except to visit daughter and family and mom who all live overseas.

jenny_o said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures and commentary, Marie. Squirrels are such acrobats and are pretty darn cute to top it all off.

Both of your islands are such beautiful places! In my childhood we travelled by ferry to PEI each summer, sometimes for a day, sometimes for longer. It was the highlight of the summer. I haven't been to Newfoundland but still I feel a connection given our wave-washed shores and geographical proximity. I would love to go some day, and that is a strong statement from a person who does not enjoy travelling :)

Nova Scotia may join your list as an island in my lifetime - as sea level rises it will quickly lose its isthmus connection to New Brunswick. The thought has always made me a bit nervous but less so now, as I think about your two islands.

Stewart M said...

Wonderful - one of the problems we have with our animals is that they are nocturnal! Does not really aid the process of watching them!

And they eat our vegetables!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (ps: how are things in your neck of the woods?)

baili said...

loved this virtual and descriptive story of squirrel

i always enjoy your depth of observation and the gift of how beautifully you share it with us :)

i think life for islander is more serene and intriguing :)

William Kendall said...

Cute squirrel.