Swing For Your Supper

Who in the hell thought THIS was a good idea?

Who in the hell thought THIS was a good idea?

A few weeks ago, I was stocking up on stuff at a neighboring Mecca with my big discount I got for working Black Friday, and was miffed that they had no ear squirrel corn.  They did, sqturday squirrel logohowever, have the Birdola Big Ol’ Kob that hangs at the end of a bungee cord.  I’d bought one already sometime in 2013, and was sorely disappointed in how my squirrels simply ignored it while the birds in my neighborhood had a feast.  Despite the initial failure, I went ahead and bought another one… though I didn’t get around to putting it out on the tree until the day after Christmas.

I watched all week long as my squirrels once again looked at the hanging mass of corn like it was some far away space station, while they kept returning to my regular corn feeder to bang it around angrily like a cat would an empty food bowl…

This is an OUTRAGE!!!  There are starving squirrels out here, you know!

This is an OUTRAGE!!! There are starving squirrels out here, you know!

Once again, my squirrels wanted no part of the bungee cob.  It looks like I’d inadvertently found the world’s only squirrelproof birdfeeder…

But then on New Year’s Eve afternoon, one particular squirrel got either overly adventurous, or perhaps overly hungry…

Oh... that does smell good!  But it looks so far away...

Oh… that does smell good! But it looks so far away…

Hold up a minute... I look ever cuter from this angle!

Hold up a minute… I look ever cuter from this angle!

Come on, squirrel!  Use that cunning brain of yours to figure out how to get to the tasty noms hanging oh so tantalizingly close to your grubby little paws…

Maybe I can get to it from here?

Maybe I can get to it from here?

Squirrels make death defying leaps from way high up in trees all the time.  How could they be so afraid to make a short leap to reap the reward of almost limitless corn?

Come on, Evel Squirrel, show us your daredevil spirit!

BONZAI!!!!!!!!

BONZAI!!!!!!!!  WTG Saturday Squirrel!

After our modern day Alan Shepherd showed the rest of his gang that they had nothing to fear from this new frontier, the squirrels have no qualms about attacking the hanging cob now.  I just don’t know if I’ve found them a new toy to enjoy, or they think I’m an ass for making them go through all of this trouble to put a little food in their bellies…

This is how Spiderman eats!

This is how Spiderman eats!

Have a fun, adventurous weekend everyone!

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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35 Responses to Swing For Your Supper

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I’m sure it is both!

    How sweet are the first two pictures? Awwwwws!

    • The two with the squirrel standing? it has to be, because I was even more excited when I got those two pictures than I was when I finally captured one jumping on my corn swing!

  2. That’s Spider-Squirrel or Super-Squirrel I’m sure! And to eat upside down is really art… my mom tried it once for a bet and failed with making a giant mess :o)

  3. merbear74 says:

    He has the cutest little fuzzy belly.

  4. fanrosa says:

    It’s a high fly ball at the ol’ ballpark….

  5. JackieP says:

    Such a cutie! But, all that work for a nibble of corn. They will get even. 😉

  6. Oh my goodness that is cute. You get the best photos of your little squirrel friends.

    A few years ago I was so excited to hang up a corn on a spring contraption for my squirrels. Eventually it fell down and some birds ate the corn. My squirrels prefer I just put peanuts and assorted corn bits out along the deck rail where they can eat in leisure while they bark at the cats. Oh well.

    • I literally about died when that one stood up on his hind legs… that was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen one of my squirrels do!

      I’m sure mine would not prefer this to be the normal way I feed them… and it won’t be. Once it’s gone, it’ll be back to corncobs on the tree trunk. But they must provide me with a little extra entertainment from time to time, or I will cease to make them stars of the internet!

  7. If I were a squirrel (which, no matter what anyone says, I am NOT), I would complain that it’s too far off the ground. Geez. Can’t you afford a longer cord?

    • I think the reason the first one I bought failed was because I hung it too far away from the tree trunk. This one I intentionally put closer to give them a better platform to leap from. Because it’s a bungee cord if it were too much closer to the ground, they’d thud back to earth when they jumped on it. I think they can live with it for while it lasts… after all, they make much longer and more dangerous jumps from high up all the time… and in reality, they knock enough of the corn on the ground when they jump on it, that they get a pretty good feast out of just one jump sometimes…

      • So … it’s a test? Like gym class. Climb that rope or twenty dententions. Or maybe it’s a sport. Bungee jumping for squirrels. That’s IT! Now I get it!

      • I always hear that squirrels like to be challenged… so I am providing them a fun physical and mental stimulation for them! Nobody likes a lazy, uninterested squirrel…

        Or, I may just be a jackass! 😉

  8. Awww! I bet this was a sight to watch unfold in real time

  9. grandmalin says:

    What excellent photos! The last one is my favourite.

  10. HaHa! Evel Squirrel! I love a happy ending. Also apparently you can repeat a task and get a different outcome! 😀

  11. calipatti says:

    Happy Happy New Years to you.
    Love your Mecca btw.

  12. draliman says:

    What great pictures, really brought a smile to my face 🙂
    Maybe all the other squirrels were watching and now they know the secret of the bungee corn.

    • If the other squirrels are really smart, they’ll keep playing dumb and making the first squirrel do all of the jumping. They’ll gladly scoop up what he knocks down for them!

  13. dflorack says:

    Mine won’t touch the bungee corn either. They won’t hang on it at all. If they can, they grab the cord and pull the whole thing up into the tree to eat it!

    • Ha! I think that would be fun to watch! It would probably take three or four of them all pulling on the cord to lift it up the tree. It would look like they were trying to topple the statue of the evil dictator who put up the bungee corn in the first place!

  14. What fun! I want a bungee feeder! Those squirrels of yours are very cute. Great photos!

  15. PigLove says:

    Oh squeals!! He did it! He really did it! He jumped on, hung on for dear life and ate to his hearts desire. How cool is that? Of course if I was there, I might have even left the little guy stand on my back to get to it… as long as he shared 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  16. Trisha says:

    How adorable! That little guy (or gal) is so cute! I’ve got to get one of those so I can get my squirrels to stand on their hind legs like that.

    • See if they sell the bungee cobs at your local Mecca! They should be in the birdseed aisle. Just make sure you’re ready with the camera before they figure it out… because once one finally attacks it, the curious and cute poses will be bypassed in the name of hunger.

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