This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, one of which is that the squirrels that are going to be here throughout the winter and into the spring start settling in. Tipsy, the little squirrel with the tipped head and white-tipped tail, even built a nest in the tree next to my deck. Even though he’s not the friendliest squirrel, I’m glad to have him around for another year and I’m excited that he will be so close. It gives me more time to win him over. He almost took a peanut out of my hand last night but then Frosty ran out the door and scared him off.
The squirrel in the photo above is one of the other three that seem to be here off and on throughout the day pretty regularly. None of them, aside from Tipsy, have any distinguishing markings so I’m not sure if they were here last year or not. Some of them seem very comfortable here. One of them feels so at home that it came right in the back door and helped itself to the bag of peanuts I keep in a box in the corner of the dining room. I heard some scuffling and, when I went out to investigate, I found a little pile of peanut shells on the dining room floor!