Chippy, The Young Fox Squirrel

In May, I posted about a young Fox Squirrel. Back then, we still named it “Baby”. Sara insisted, that we name the squirrel “Chippy”. Chippy loves to come for lunch and dinner in our yard. Zoey, our new dog, is going bonkers, when Chippy sits in one of our trees or on the back patio. Chippy doesn’t seem to be bothered, as long as Zoey stays behind the patio door.

In The Texas Country ~ Harvest Time

At this time of the year, the critters love to “steal” some corn; the common sunflowers show off in their bright, deep yellows; the hay dries on the rainless Summer days; and a few grains sit lonely in the field of grasses.

It is hot, and time to bring the harvest in. At the same time, the girls and I enjoy driving out in the country to take a break from the suburban life of Dallas/Fort Worth. There, we still can breath the fresh, less polluted air and stop on the side of the farm roads to see the beauty of the corn fields. Here and there, we see a farmer bringing the harvest in. Thank you for still being around to guarantee us fresh foods.

Squirrels Love Peaches

🎵 …
Movin’ to the country,
Gonna eat a lot of peaches
Movin’ to the country,
Gonna eat a lot of peaches

Peaches come from a can,
They were put there by a man
In a factory downtown
If I had my little way,
I’d eat peaches every day
Sun-soakin’ bulges in the shade
… 🎵

“Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America
Songwriters: Chris Ballew / David Michael Dederer / Jason S. Finn

“Baby”, The New Member In The Texas Fox Squirrel Family

For a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a smaller squirrel coming to our feeders. When I approached the feeder, it didn’t move but trembled. It was very young, and didn’t know what to do. Then it dawned on me, that this little one is still a “baby”, and has to learn about it’s surroundings. Now, I make sure that our dogs and cats are not outside, when “Baby” visits the feeder. Momma Squirrel keeps an eye on him. But he is already very independent. The girls will give “Baby” a new and more appropriate name, soon. In the meantime, it’s the baby in the Fox Squirrel Family.

“Where Did I Hide That Peanut?”

Since Sandy and Sophie have to share the peanuts with the Blue Jays, the Great-tailed Grackles and an American Crow, the squirrels hide their stash deep in the grass, where the birds can’t see and take them so easily. But when Sandy is hungry and comes back for a snack, she forgets where exactly she put her peanut sometimes. After looking around, she usually finds it nearby the feeder and the bird bath.

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In March (1)

After the severe storm in the morning, we had a beautiful sunny afternoon, today. The temperatures reached up to 72°F (22°C). But still it was very breezy. Thank goodness, the animals ate all the foods, before the rain came in. Everything would have been flooded. And I would have had to dump it on the ground to let it dry, before the birds and critters could eat it.

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When you see the owners dog in the backyard, drop the seed shell like it’s hot! Drop it like it’s hot! Drop it like it’s hot!

As soon as I had the feeders full, Sandy, Mr. Cardinal, and some other feathered friends sat around to have early dinner. It is always a joy to see such an abundance of birds in our yard. Sophie, the other squirrel, made a short appearance, too. She prefers the oily sunflower seeds over corn and peanuts. I haven’t seen Mr. Squirrel and Sammy for quite some time. I wonder, where they are being up to, lately. I hope, they are alright, and are just checking out a different area in the neighborhood.