IS IT A BIRD, IS IT A PLANE?

by Janet Blue on July 19, 2013

No…It’s Rocky the flying squirrel. Or, at least, a distant relative.

Even though eight feisty felines live here, we have two incredibly fearless squirrels whose home base is our yard. It is not surprising as we have three bird feeders which are kept full with sunflower seeds. And we all know how much squirrels love the challenge of a birdfeeder.

Some humans get excited, and often even hysterical, when they see a squirrel on their bird feeder. We too get excited, but for the opposing reason. We provide those seeds so the kitties will be constantly entertained by the munching and antics of both the birdies and the squirties.

Squirrels provide entertainment from the tree.

Squirrels provided entertainment from the tree for Fiona, Giulietta, Calista Jo and Lisbeth.

In the past year, I have shared numerous squirrel photos, many featuring Lisbeth, our resident squirrel aficionado. I even acknowledged National Squirrel Appreciation Day for my friend, Mary Jane, who is “nutty” for squirrels. 

(A comment heard from the “peanut” gallery: “Did she just type that? She didn’t really think that was funny did she? Wait, she did it again. She is so lame if she thinks anybody is going to laugh.”)

Not surprisingly, a few days ago, the squirrels were putting on quite a show to amuse those hanging out on the catio. They were chasing each other up, down, around and through the catio-adjacent tree. They were even holding paws with the tree trunk between them.

Prior to that, however, they were doing some high wire tricks. Mind you, the kitties can do these same tricks and often do when they see a particularly nommy bug on the screen. They just can’t do them upside down and spread-eagle like the squirrels!

At first Lisbeth didn't even know the squirrel was there.

At first Lisbeth didn’t even know the squirrel was there.

Then she noticed him.

Then both she and Calista spotted him.

Finally, she made her move, as Calista Jo, Fiona and  looked on.

Finally, she made her move, as Calista Jo, Fiona and Giulietta looked on.

After much ado by both cats and squirrels, all went to their own corners for…what else…naps, of course.

By clicking on the squirrels tag below, you should be able to see most of those photos and posts.

 

Whisppy July 22, 2013 at 6:33 am

We loved the pictures of that acrobatic squirrel!
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Nerissa's Life July 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Squirrels! let me tell you…. squirrels are nuts. I live with eleven other cats and every now and then, a squirrel comes visitin’ here, too. Nuts, I tell you. Squirrels are… well… their behaviour is crazier than a squirrel makin’ nut pies. And that’s pretty nuts.

Purrs,
Nissy
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Mary Jane July 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

I am “nutty” about squirrels! They are quite entertaining and ingenious creatures. Maggie, our Jack Russell, enjoys watching the squirrels at our bird feeders. I call it the “Maggie Show.” Is it permissible to mention a d-o-g on a cat blog?

Ann Paws July 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

Wow guys I love your catio! Looks like some great entertainment you’ve got there too! To be honest, those squirrels are trouble! We used to see some squirrels at the vet hospital I worked at and they are on my top 5 scariest animals to work with list lol.
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The Island Cats July 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Those are some crazy pants squirrels! We love squirrels. The mom and dad-guy always make sure to put food out for them when they feed the birdies.
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McGuffy Ann Morris July 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I love this. I always celebrate National Squirrel Day. We have actual squirrel feeders along with our bird feeders. This ia a great post!
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You July 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

We love squirrels! Back when we had a bird feeder, we had it for the squirrels as much as the birds. Whatever added entertainment value. The head peep stopped filling the feeder when the local bird and squirrel population was going through its contents within two hours. We sure do miss the extra programming on the Bird TV.
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Katnip Lounge July 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

OMC. We would’ve come outta our FUR SUITS if a squirrel did that here! Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have squirrels. 13 naked cats is prolly too many.
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LP July 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Squirrels and birds…what would we do without them?! 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

CATachresis July 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I have never seen a squirrel! They look like a banquet!! 😉
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Sparkle July 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Squirrels are crazy! And they make for great TV.
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da tabbies o trout towne July 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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Brian July 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

We sure love to watch those squirrels too…andnthe birds of course!

The Paw Relations July 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Wow. All we get to watch are fat boring pigeons.
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Jacqueline July 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Wow, that is some awesome high definition Squirrel TV!!MOL…We have Bunny TV here, but wish we had your channel too!…Happy Friday, dear friends…xoxo…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. July 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hi janet & kitties 8: We have one black squirrel left here named Fuzzy plus 3 Chipmunks: Cheeks; Chester & Tiny….they provide us with quite a show almost daily plus all the birds at the feeder…I made shure the feeder was in line with the bedroom window so Nylablue would have ‘bird n rodent TV’, lol….what we do for your felines!
Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo
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da tabbies o trout towne July 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

guys….see how much better squirrelz tee vee iz than stooooooooopid rood caca droppin noizee burd tee vee !!! 🙂 hay, hope everee one haza grate week oh end !!

Random Felines July 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

every once in a while we get one on our balcony. mom usually knows when Junior starts chattering at them 🙂

Sam and Pam July 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

We (me AND Sammy both) adore squirrels. Sam finds them fascinating and loves to “chatter” with them…..I just think they’re VERY clever and wish they’d quite devouring every single bird feeder I get (my fault for getting ones made out of plastic bits that apparently are quite nommy to squirrels!!). Anyway, they keep us entertained so we “get” the squirrel appreciation thing for sure!

Pam and Sam
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Beverly July 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

I love watching how intense kitties get when they are stalking prey — even if they are behind a screen and not able to get to them!
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Jane and or cats July 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Hi guy! (thirteen paws waving)..thanks for visiting us,now we are visiting you It’s lovely to meet new friends…we’re going to get to know all about you..its going to be fun, we just know it!
The REAL Maple Syrup Mob and Mummy Janey at The Maple Syrup Mob
xxxxx
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Sassmuffins July 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ditto here!! Love the squirrels and their antics. We have mature trees also so lots of birds and squirrels to watch, as we have feeders in both our front and back yards. Sure wish we had a catio though! Man would all my guys like that!
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Catherine July 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

Oh my stars! LOL! Those squirrels are living on the edge flying by all those kitties I think!!
Very fun shots. I could be entertained all day watching something like that.

Happy weekend to all of the kitties and you Janet!
xo Catherine
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Caren Gittleman July 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

I am sooooooo happy to know that I am NOT the only one who LOVES SQUIRRELS! I absolutely hate when I hear them referred to as “tree rats”
They are adorable, hard working and quite clever, they are far brighter than people give them credit for.
I also had celebrated National Squirrel Appreciation Day quite some time ago and I have a pinterest page devoted to squirrels!!
Thank you for sharing your food with them!
Love, Caren
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