Well Fed

I love it so much, I think I’ll just stay here permanently!

The corn cob feeder on my backyard oak tree that is a fixture of many of the squirrel photos you’ve seen here over the years was one of the first things I bought for my new home when I moved in nine years ago.  Unfortunately, sometime early this summer, it was broken by the very tree it hangs on.  The trunk of my oak is already very, very big… but trees, unlike humans, don’t just stop growing.  Over the years, the large hook that the feeder was hung on was being slowly eaten by the trunk… to the point where about a year ago, the end of the hook became embedded in the tree, effectively trapping my squirrel feeder in place.  Just like tree roots will slowly pull up a concrete sidewalk, my oak squeezed and squeezed on the feeder’s handle until it finally snapped and ruined it and has now almost completely swallowed up the hook.  Since we don’t sell those feeders anymore at Mecca, I’ve just laid fresh cobs out at the base of the tree for my outdoor friends…

If you look very closely behind the squirrel in this photo I took in early January, you can see where the hook is just barely sticking out from the tree and already causing the feeder’s green handle to bow out.  This news surely disappointed this very happy Saturday Squirrel, who will miss having the best seat in the house to the finest grub The Nest has to offer…

Have a great 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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16 Responses to Well Fed

  1. What a great photo……I bet the squirrels miss that “ringside seat” for the all you can eat corn buffet. Bet you could get one of those online somewhere since Mecca no longer has them!

    Pam

  2. That squirrel looks so soft. I like it when they hold their paws that way. So cute.

  3. draliman says:

    At least the tree didn’t eat the squirrel as well…

  4. Adorable! Looks like the fellow I’ve been chasing out of my garden! lol

  5. What a precious little squirrel. My squirrels won’t eat corn. They’re picky little bastards. They like acorns, oranges, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. They’ll eat herbs out of my planter boxes too.

    Yesterday one of them kept trying to run across my back fence with an acorn. My dog would chase it and it would run back to the tree and bark at the dog. Then it would flip it’s tail around. I swear if it had been a helicopter it would have taken off. This went on for about ten minutes until I yelled “treat” at my dog so she’d come inside and leave the poor squirrel alone. I love squirrels. I don’t care if they eat the bird food and occasionally dig around in my plants.

    • The bags of cobs I buy proudly proclaim that corn is “Squirrels’ favorite treat!” I guess that’s not entirely the case…. or maybe California squirrels have more refined tastes. I love watching their tails when they’re upset. One of my favorite squirrel photos that will absolutely be in the upper half of my ongoing photo countdown is of a squirrel whose tail was threatening to break the sound barrier all because I was apparently bothering it…

  6. You are so good to your squirrels. If I was a squirrel, I would pack my bags and move to your place just for the great eats!

    • I don’t feed them as often as I used to… just once a week on Sunday mornings. But it still keeps them happy, and I even think keeps them from causing me any trouble. The people for whom they’re destructive pests should maybe consider giving them an edible bribe…

  7. ghostmmnc says:

    Trees are funny and weird like that! I’ve had things eaten by trees, before. Right now I have a wind chime that it’s hanger part is embedded in the branch.
    We don’t have squirrels at our house 😦 but driving down the road aways, there are a few. We almost squashed one as he darted in front of the truck. Thankfully he made it to the other side of the road just in time.

    • You always hear about Rip Van Winkle falling asleep for 20 years under a tree… but if that was true, he’d have woken up inside the trunk with how quickly trees devour anything attached to it!

  8. Trisha says:

    That squirrel is so cute! It’s crazy that a tree that’s already that big keeps growing fast enough to eat your corn feeder.

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