Squirrels are still not common visitors in my yard, so I can afford to put out some special treats for them because they're just so darn much fun to watch. On one of the trees outside my kitchen window, I have mounted this metal nutbox. It has plexiglas windows all around and a nice big front platform for getting in and out of the box and surveying the landscape for threats (or other squirrels). The lid is pretty heavy, so the squirrels have to crawl inside rather than just trying to hold it open with their head or a paw.
I hope you enjoy these 3 short "nutty squirrel" videos I took from the kitchen window.
Around Christmas time I stocked up on nuts at the grocery store (walnuts, pecans, and filberts). This video shows the squirrel coming out of the nutbox with a large walnut and trying to figure out how to carry it away in his/her mouth. (BTW, the tapping noise you hear in the background is Daisy walking into the kitchen and standing behind me waiting for a treat...)
Here the squirrel has chosen its nut and after getting a secure grip on the nut, the squirrel takes of towards the big maple tree in my front yard.
Uh-Oh.....this squirrel came out empty-pawed! I know there are a bunch of nuts buried under the snow because I've seen a squirrel stick its head down in the snow and come back out with a nut, so hopefully this poor little disappointed squirrel is running off to find a nut buried somewhere.
I picked up a pound and half of nuts last week at the grocery store, but their supply is almost gone, so now I'm also supplementing with peanuts in the shell. I talked with Brother Phil in California and since he lives pretty close to some pecan and walnut farms, I hope to be able to work out some sort of "direct shipping" deal with him at next year's nut harvest time.