Yes, we know that squirrels can be annoying garden pests. But HerbDoc has found that bonding with them can be way more fun than chasing them away:
Late last January a tiny gray squirrel appeared at the French doors to the dining room. He was a bit unsteady on his feet and seemed to have little fear of humans so we left small cookies and sunflowers seeds in an attempt to see him through the winter. By early spring he was happily collecting graham cracker pieces and peanuts a couple of times a day and eating them no more than two feet from our doors.
Then in early April another small squirrel appeared at the edge of the woods. She wouldn’t come to the deck, but “Cookie” as we named him, would eat a segment of graham cracker and then take the other one to her in the tree.
Lo and behold, we now have two tinier squirrels which we imagine are Cookie and his girlfriend’s offspring visiting about three times a day.
For the first time two days ago, I stood on the deck with a quarter of a graham cracker in each hand. One of these cuties has dark red back feet and is a little less shy than the other. She literally danced toward my left hand, took a few steps back, hopped over my hand and back. This process was repeated twice and then she covered her face with her tail, sidled up to my hand and ran off with the cookie before we could snap a shot!
This has happened two more times, and we found that she doesn’t usually go far. She likes to “hide” at the end of the rail where I have a huge tarragon plant on an old metal chair. She then returns for another snack.
Little squirrel two has gotten up enough courage to come for a cookie if I put the cookie on the rail in front of me and keep my hands at my sides.
Perhaps he will trust me enough to gather a snack from my hand soon.
Just too cute!