182 thoughts on “Clever Critters~

      1. Wickedly smart indeed.  Nimble too.  Finally gave up trying to keep them away from seeds for the birds, after many permutations of baffles and distraction feeding.  The local squirrels are fun to watch too, tho not at all sweet to each other when 2 of them want seeds at the same time.

    1. I do feel sad for you because you may not have voles in your valley, besides the fact that “voles in the valley,” is poetic, voles themselves are poetically shy and sort of wonderful critters. When they say Hello, they say it forcefully. The first time I met one, I inadvertently watered his/her hole. I looked down, and there it was, at the toe of my rattlesnake boot, challenging me. Truth be told, I was afraid. The vole was not. It was just full of righteous indignation ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Timothy Price

        That’s gopher-like behavior. I’ve been challenged by gophers after I flooder their holes irrigating. I was going to expound on โ€œvoles in the valley”, but decided to leave it at that.

  1. Greetings. Amazing pictures again. The last two images are brilliant. The last but one is typical squirrel style globally. We have squirrels with prominent stripe line from forehead till tail and they looks extremely good in eating fruits in both hands. Lovely images and thanks for posting. Have a great week end.

  2. The squirrels here in Spain are black and smart enough to run up a tree when my dogs are around. We didnยดt have voles in Alberta but we had gophers (prairie dogs) – lots of them. They look similar.

  3. We have plenty of squirrels here, and they are happy that we feed our birds well. So the squirrels can steal the bird food. As do the deer, btw!
    Have a great weekend,

    1. I have seen squirrels make short work of ‘squirrel proof birdfeeders’, and deer of course will get through everything. It reminds me of child proof safety caps. The only people I know who can’t open them are adults. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Very sweet! I adore squirrels.

    Sigh! You may notice my “Like is from Art Gowns.
    However, when I comment, it is from Glam.
    I am logged out of Glam and into Art Gowns.
    I logged out of Glam about 10 times. I was even locked out of Art Gowns when I tried to return.
    Weirdest WP glitch I’ve ever had!

    1. WP does have it’s gremlins, doesn’t it. You could always contact a Happiness Engineer. The last did I did they did not ask me to take a screen shot. I was amazed!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I’m back on Glam. I may have to contact the HEs, but I need data. They’ve been quite good about solving my issues, but they do need info.

  5. We don’t have squirrels here in New Zealand but you grow up with them in children’s books. I remember the excitement I felt when I saw my first real squirrel in my 30s – in the Boston Common in 1986! It’s probably the most photographed squirrel in history!

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    1. Oh my GOD!!! You are right. It is a groundhog!! I am amazed. No wonder I didn’t recognize it and no wonder it was so friendly and curious. I have never seen a groundhog before. I’m thrilled to have done so, and thank you so much for telling me Jennie!! แƒ“

        1. I was just so struck by him! He climbed out of his burrow, and stayed there, while I watched him and took pictures. And you are right, those ears! The whole creature was different and charming แƒ“

  6. Amazing photos of difficult to capture creatures. I have been trying in vain to get the monarch butterflies which flit about. What have I learned in the process? Always have the camera in hand and ready to go. Your words match the photos. Thank you, Cindy for the lovely post. oxox

      1. Cindy, thanks once again for your insightful comment. Admiration is a two-way street. You are a very creative person whom I admire as well. Life is never dull or boring in our household. Enjoy the week! oxox

  7. Very cool up close pictures of squirrels. They are very smart when it comes to food. I have seen a documentary about them trying to get food. They are incredible.

  8. Squirrels are so cute๐Ÿ˜€ and, they can be very destructive sometimes. Sometime back my aunt tried to bring her patch to life by planting some seedlings, and lo! They were all gone by the next day. I just love your alliterative titles. As an animal lovers I find your blog fascinating๐Ÿป๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ•

  9. Hi Cindy, for some reason I haven’t been getting emails for your posts in the past few weeks. I thought you must be taking a break, but I didn’t follow up. I have signed up again in hopes that I will be notified. That’s how I know to read the posts I can’t miss.So sorry. I will catch up!
    Love this one with the squirrels!!

    1. WP continues to unfollow my followers. It is not a glitch. It’s a function. So happy you looked me up. Some people tell me they thought covid got me…..Not yet WP! แƒ“

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