In nature’s circle of life, squirrels take up a spot firmly in the prey category of animal species. Because so many other critters are out to make a meal out of their acorn-fed flesh, the normally antisocial squirrels have to stick together to ensure their collective survival… and that means screaming like a banshee from upon high for all to hear whenever they sense oncoming danger. When I hear the now familiar screeches of the squirrel distress call (Which some people might confuse with a bird call), I scan around the ground and almost always find one of the local cats on the prowl….. usually not paying the least attention to the squirrels milling about.
Last week while I was taking photos out my back window, this guy felt the need to climb up onto the wires and let ‘er rip like an air raid siren. I saw nothing that he might have perceived as a threat…. but that didn’t stop almost five straight minutes of obnoxiously loud squirrel chatter. What’s your deal, dude?
Oh please, let’s not take that lame gag into my sacred Saturday Squirrel series!
Put some earplugs in, and have a great weekend everyone!
Love the second shot.
A lot of squirrels give off that “Who me?” vibe. My Saturday Squirrel badge features my original Who Me? squirrel from 8 years ago…
Our squirrels have discovered Atlas, our puppy, and now we hear the siren regularly. He doesn’t actually have any interest in bothering them, but they don’t know that!
Ha, once they figure out Atlas isn’t paying any attention to them, they’ll start tormenting him… then playing the victim when he barks back!
I think squirrels “chitter” (the noise they make). I’ve only ever once heard that air raid siren screeching and it was at my old house. I’d gotten a gray squirrel that came each day to visit, and he/she didn’t like my dogs. The squirrel would sit on the top of my fence and I swear, taunt the dogs, who would go wild. I suppose it’s a case of better the noise than death, right?
They know how to stay just out of reach and screech bloody murder at innocent pets. One look at me, though, and they stay out of sight. I guess they know dogs don’t carry cameras…
Those tails are amazing. Looking healthy, well-fed and devoid of encounters with cats.
Staying up on the wires is a good way to avoid a cat mauling!
We hear the sirens frequently because there are a bazillion squirrels in our woods…..they warn each other if we’re outside, if Teddy’s outside, if a deer/groundhog/skunk/etc. is around. They do enjoy keeping each other informed!
It’s a good thing squirrels aren’t nocturnal, or nobody would get a good night’s sleep!
It goes something like…twank twank twank…
That’s what Buster sounds like flipping around on my rear tire…
That curved tail across the back shows him to be today’s designated guard squirrel.
He needs an orange vest of a nifty helmet…
What’s with the yellow belly dust? 🐿
I think that’s just poor lighting tricks. I do recall his underbelly had a tinge of color to it, though…