Neat videos, but a word of warning - don't let those squirrels become too familiar around your home, and for goodness sakes do not feed them! Remember, they are really just fancy rats with bushy tails and I'm sure you wouldn't be posting video clips of a couple of sewer rats running around on your deck! Squirrels really are as bad as rats if not worse. They are amazingly athletic, fiercely territorial, can chew through just about anything and are unbelievably difficult to kill. (big rat traps don't even slow them down) If they get into your attic or eves you are in for a battle royale. I could tell you horror stories about the damage caused by squirrels and the problems convincing them to move out and stay out. Calling them vermin would be too kind IMHO. Suffice to say any squirrels that make thier way anywhere near my house develop a sudden acute case of lead poisoning. Just my 2 cents. P.
I took the following pictures at Yellowstone where my cat, Athena, had the most amazing encounter with a raven. My boyfriend and I had just returned to the truck, he from walking around a geyser and me from taking pictures of an old tree. Just as I slipped into the driver's seat a female raven landed on the hood. We sat quietly and the raven walked right up to the windshield. Athena jumped on Bill's lap and crept up to the window. She knows big birds because I have a psychotic Blue Front Amazon parrot that each cat has messed with just once. As she got up on the dash I grabbed my camera set it on al servo and held down the shutter. I got about 30 amazing pictures and the raven and the cat checked each other out, often nose to beak right thru the windshield. Then the raven hopped over on the side mirror. As she did her mate landed on the taneau cover of the truck. She enjoyed checking her self out in the mirror. Athena moved over to look thru the side window. Slowly, Bill rolled down the window. Raven and kitty checked each other out, each getting ever closer. They actually touched beak to nose (much more pleasant than her encounter with the parrot). The raven checked herself out in the mirror, shook her feathers and flew off. Another magical Airstream moment. (Too bad the trailer didn't show up in the mirror pic)
__________________ Airylle 1972 Safari featured for 5 nanoseconds in the movie Wild Hogs
Yesterday I went on my roof (of my house) for the first time in quite a while and was suprised to see a large hole gnawed into the back side of my Chimney. I had to take a day off work today to fix it, because inclement weather is coming. I removed what was left of one side trim board and a couple of clap broads before thinking to take the "before" photo, but you can see the holes gnawed into the OSB. I'll spare you the "during" photo's, but as I removed the clapboards, several were rotted, and so was the OSB in places. Turned into a bigger project than I planned. I went the easy route and eliminated the clap boards for my final solution since it is not visible from the ground, and used prefinished (if you like the color) exterior paneling. Just need another nice day to put on a coat of paint or two (and Rustoleum on the Chimney Cap.).
My advice, beware the rodents. This damage was totally hidden from the ground, the only way to see it was from the roof. Good thing I ventured up there before winter!
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Vintage Airstream Club Historian
Tree rats that's what they are, shot as many as 6 in one day on my roof and in the yard.
Big fox squirrels always getting into the attic eating through the walls and making lots of problems. I used to poision them but couldn't stand killing the birds so got myself an air rifle and went hunting.
Once I reduced the population I only shoot the ones that get on the roof
only 2 so far this year. They leave me alone I will leave them alone.
1994 30' Excella
Join Date: May 2004
My dog, a Field Springer, will sit a and stare at the squirrels, allow chipmunks to eat his food and not chase the deer which come into the campsite. However, the Canada Geese are another story, he runs with his head looking up to try and find them before they land and heaven help them if they do.
1994 30' Excella 1000, Chummy III- Ford Excursion- 7.3 Turbo-diesel