The best known staple of a squirrel’s diet is of course nuts, and acorns in particular. This association between beast and comestible is so strong, that the mere mention of one usually makes a person automatically think of the other. Thus why Scrat is always busy chasing an acorn, and a cartoon movie about a squirrel was of course named “The Nut Job.”
My neighborhood squirrels get plenty of acorns in their diet from my backyard oak tree, but they are also very well fed on hard corn. Squirrels may very well like the corn I put out for them even better than the endless supply of nuts they get from the branches above and stow away underneath my yard. This guy in the lead photo sure does seem to be going nuts over the treat I left for him in my corncob feeder. Look at him work his little head into the spiral framework of the feeder to get at those few kernels left on the back side of the cob! I’m also loving those tabby stripes this squirrel has on his belly!
Squirrel corn is readily available at most stores that sell birdseed, and if you’re reading this from the States, I’d bet your local Mecca’s got the same feeder I use in stock very cheap. Feeding squirrels is a fun and rewarding activity that you should try if you want to liven up the activity in your yard. Take it from my hungry friend above, your squirrels would love for you to leave them out a corny treat!
Have a scrumptious weekend everyone!