Frenemy Update: where did they all come from?

Well…we started the winter with one Red Squirrel which we aptly dubbed our frenemy. Now it seems that there is a squirrel in every tree. Which is not exactly as nice as a chicken in every pot.

Although it is fun to watch the daily battles for territory as one squirrel makes a quick move across the yard to the tree another squirrel is occupying and the ensuing skirmish with several squirrels running rings around the tree. I cannot tell them apart enough to see who wins and looses each battle. Which is kind of like watching a sporting event but missing the ending. I have considered trying to paint each one a different color just for reference but decided that would not bee too nice and radio collar and gps tracking are better left for more scientific pursuits.

Anyway with spring comes more red squirrels, and thus more Frenemies and given their ever increasing numbers things are moving more towards the -en than the -frien side of things these days and yes they are cute…at times.

16 thoughts on “Frenemy Update: where did they all come from?

  1. I haven’t seen any in eastern IA. They are up in Wisconsin and Minn. according to the maps. When we visited Scotland, there was discussion about Red Squirrels. It is a different species tho.

    1. Yes, it is an amusing relationship I have with the squirrels. I almost feel like a character in a cartoon some days and gladly accept my role in the whole thing. Hope your day has started well and wishing you a fine weekend.

  2. You remind me of someone I knew who wanted to paintball the deer–each neighbor would have a different color. The squirrels are cute with their little tufted ears. But I guess you can always hope for a friendly resident hawk…

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