As much of an annual tradition as it is for me to carve a Squirrel O’Lantern every Halloween, it’s also my ritual on the first morning of November to put the pumpkin out by my backyard oak…. not only to rot in peace, but to serve as a curiosity for my squirrels. This has led to a few interesting encounters over the years, a couple of which will be later entries in the Saturday Squirrel countdown I’m doing.
But one thing that for some reason I hadn’t tried yet was to actually put some food inside the pumpkin. Not the old pumpkin guts…. I tried that before and got almost no reaction. But the same corn feed I’ve been putting in my new feeder.
What could have possibly happened next…..?????
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Brilliant idea……that squirrel has found an all you can eat buffet at the Pumpkin Cafe and – at least for the moment – has it ALLLLLLL to himself!
Yep! And I hope he doesn’t mind that his new favorite eatery will be slowly demolished over the next month…
Now those are some great calendar worthy pics!
Squirrels inside pumpkins for every month of the year!
I think you may have to rotate fruit appropriate to the seasons. Summer? Watermelon etc etc.
What a great idea and wonderful photos! 🙂
Thank you! I’ll definitely be trying this again next year…
The squirrels will thank you! 🙂
After noshing on the insides I wonder if he could easily extract himself to the outside?
The good thing about pumpkin cafes is that in case of overeating, it’s easy to make the “doors” wider…
I’ve been watching the pumpkin on my daughter’s front porch steps gradually lose its face!
I’ve rarely seen squirrels actually eat at the pumpkins I put out, but they sure have torn out much of the design I carved after a few days just wandering in and out of the hole…
This one was definitely nibbled!
Awwwwww that is so frickin’ awesome!
It’s one of those shots I’ve always wanted to get, but for some dumb reason never figured out how to set it up where they’d actually go inside and peek out the “windows”…
I love it!
Those photos are adorable! 🙂
I agree! What could be cuter than a squirrel peeking out of a pumpkin?
And he’s found a new house too. I hope he could get back out okay, though I guess he could always gnaw his way out…
They’ve already got the two squirrels I carved into the pumpkin completely gone, so it’s just a big round window now. They’ll regret not having a warm place when the winter cold comes…
OMG that is sooooooooooo cute.
I threw a jack-o-lnatern out behind my house yesterday and it rolled down the hill and into the ravine out of my sight. I hope a deer, or squirrel, or other critter finds it. The second jack-o-lantern in in the yard where the squirrels come each day is out there now. I hope the squirrlies will find it for Sunday brunch. Cheers.
Depends on what your squirrels think of pumpkin. Mine apparently aren’t fans, which is why I had to bribe them with corn to get these shots… though I do have at least one pic of a punkin eating squirrel.
What amazing photos–that little one is adorable, and looks so happy! Atlas dug our pumpkin carcass out of the composter and ate most of it, which made him very happy too!
The one squirrel I did catch eating pumpkin (last year) also seemed to be VERY happy. The pumpkin growers conglomerate ought to look into this potential marketing angle…
We usually give ours to the local donkey farm—apparently it’s like candy to them!
Such cute photos!
Those are so cute! I especially love the one of just the tail and legs sticking out as the squirrel goes in. I planned on carving a pumpkin for my squirrels but didn’t get around to it so I’m glad you did and got some photos. The little rascals are so fun to watch!
I’ll definitely be doing the food inside the pumpkin trick again next year! And while my pumpkins have usually just rotted away, this time they actually ate most of it! I think adding the corn inside got them hooked on the pumpkin taste…