I finally broke down and spent the $8 on a bag of corn cobs for Feather. I've got a table outdoors with a hole in the center for an umbrella, (which we never use) so I stuck a corn cob in the hole in the center and left it there. 6 days later, not a kernal was missing. So yesteray afternoon I moved the table over closer to the big tree in our yard, thinking he might feel safer there.
I'm sure Feather lives in the vacant lot across the street where there was a house 11 months ago but I worry a lot about him because we don't see him very often. Yesterday afternoon I was sitting outside and I saw him running around the vacant lot. He ran from one tree to another, then another, then another, gradually getting closer. Then to a bush, then across the street behind one of our cars, then over to the big tree in the back yard.
He was in the tree when I came in the house. I haven't looked yet today but I'm hoping he went for the corn. John
If not put a couple out on the ground near umbrella. ;)
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I checked the corn yesterday. There was one kernal, just one, that he had taken off, broke in half, then just left it. Of course, the corn is hard as a rock. I don't know why he just bit the one kernal in half, whether something scared him, or it was too hard, or whether something just didn't taste right. Anyway, it's all his and there's a lot more if he decides he likes it. John
I had a real treat yesterday, sitting in the yard waiting for the grandkids to get home, Feather came from across the street and played in the yard for a while. He only came within 30 or 40 feet of me but he didn't seem very worried about me being there. I had just taken my camera in the house minutes before and didn't want to startle him to get up and get it so, still no pictures.
He's still not eating that corn! It's been out there for a couple of weeks now, with only one kernal gone! Even if Feather didn't eat it, the area is loaded with squirrels but nobody is touching it. Of course it's been unusually hot for this time of the year, in the 90s every day. The weather is supposed to cool this weekend and that may encourage them to eat. Evidently none of them are starving, so that's OK. John
Makes you wonder if there may be something wrong with the corn?
I wondered about that too. I don't smell anything on it and it looks normal. Maybe if I rinsed it off. Or maybe they don't like the way it's set up. It's set vertically in a hole in a glass table. Or maybe it's been too hot or they've been too well fed to bother with it. Maybe they just don't like the glass table.
I sit out there a half hour to an hour every afternoon waiting on the grandkids. Yesterday was another treat. I heard some skittering in the tree and saw some bark and sticks fall off. There were 2 squirrels playing up there! The trees are still very leafy so it was hard to get a good look at them. I could see one of them was definitely not Feather. The other, I couldn't get a good look at. I have to see Feather from his left side or his back to see the "feather". Yesterday he was mostly behind the leaves so I just couldn't tell. There was nobody across the street though so I'm kind of guessing it was probably Feather. John