We feed the squirrels regularly. We have one, maybe two who will come, stand up & stare into the window (sliding glass door) when there is no food. I'm sure they are saying, "Ok, i'm here! Where is the food? We are out of food ! ! !" (I've not taken any pics of this yet, never have the camera nearby. It looks very funny when they do this, they are so intense.)
We do NOT feed them by hand, tho there are a couple who probably could be trained to do that. There are a couple who don't even back off when i open the door. But we have been told that feeding them by hand is an open invitation to be bit.
This AM at exactly 7 i had one staring into the screen (the door was open all night) & he barked. Woke me up. "Excuse me! NO food! Fix it!"
I couldn't begin to tell you all the different noises the squirrels make, usually when they are upset, but i rarely hear them bark.
I know i've shared most of these pics before, but i do so enjoy them. :)
This is an almond, not a raspberry!
It was a hard morning!
Well? Are you going to put the nuts out?
What ARE you doing down there?
One of the trees we had go down last winter was part of the "squirrel highway." The squirrels would start in a tree at the edge of our property & run & jump from one branch to another to get to our deck. The tree that went down was near to the corner of the deck & one of its branches was a major part of the highway. The squirrels still come, of course, but i miss seeing them run along the trees to do it.
Squirrels are very territorial. I haven't seen as much fighting & the injuries yet this year that we saw last year. I don't have any pics of Mister Three Paws either. We don't know how he lost his R hind paw, but he doesn't seem to miss it much. He gets around just fine.
I was right in that our summer is almost certainly going to be hotter than we are used to. Last year the hottest day (at 85.5 F) was in mid-July. Yesterday was 81.6 F - already! We don't generally hit the 80s until after mid-June.