I Must Thank My Squirrel

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As much as it pains me to thank my ground squirrel,

I must give credit where credit is due–You!

You little escape artist–chew your way through plastic buckets artist–

cute but delinquent–You!

You chewed through the seed bag, then the plastic container

with the 2 then 3 then 4 bricks on top! Criminal rodent–You!

But your antics brought the birds!

And who would have thought that I would want not


but 2 windows cleaned!

Because of your pernicious prodding and larceny–cute as you are–

I decided to put a feeder there by my second clean window,

so I must thank you, my pesky inventive thief

for the wonder of close-up birds to further distract me from my work.

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18 Responses to I Must Thank My Squirrel

  1. peacenikkie says:

    God, indeed, works in mysterious ways! Thank you yet again, Lilly, for sharing an insightful tale! ~0;-)

  2. Wonderful quail shots. They are such interesting birds.

  3. susansplace says:

    I love quails! God must have been having a great day when he “invented” quails!! πŸ˜›

  4. Of all things! That is wonderful. I wish the mice who chewed through our plastic containers caused something interesting like that to happen. You are blessed! And what great pictures.

    • I was happy enough to have them come back for a visit, but to be right at the window. Wow, that was fun. And the male stayed for a long time, just watching while his mate ate her fill. That seemed so sweet. He was looking at me, but seemed very protective of his gal, so he just perched there. πŸ™‚

  5. I gotta get me a feeding station by a window! What kind of bird is this beauty? I love the feather on his/her brow. Is it supposed to be there or is this a molting gone awry?
    That first ultra closeup is amazing!

    • This is a California Quail. I have typically seen them on the ground, skittering away, trailing the babies behind. But I have not seen any for a very long time, so this was truly exciting for me, and to see them soooo close!!! They are amazing birds. The little bob thing is more like a tail center with feathers attached. He can move it at will. I’m not exactly sure what it’s for, but it is cute.

  6. dorannrule says:

    What a fascinating bird this is. Thank you to Mr. Squirrel! And thank you Lilly for the great shots and the words to go with.

  7. pattisj says:

    Nice detail shots. I’ve never seen “up close” shots of them. Squirrels do serve a purpose!

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