Monday, May 25, 2009

A visit with Mama Squirrel

I was out earlier between rains, trying to capture some of the flowers with the drops of rainwater on them. Puss Puss had come and was out following me around, and Roger came out and she started showing off for him. I happened to walk around the corner of the house before they did and spotted Mama Squirrel...
I told him to grab Puss Puss and I ran inside to get nuts and just set my camera down. Mother Cat came in with Roger and Puss Puss, and the boys were sound asleep inside. Mama Squirrel was waiting for me on the trailer...I took the nuts and gave her a handful and thought how dumb I was for not bringing my camera.
I have never been able to quite figure Mama Squirrel's moods out; sometimes I can come and go and she is fine with it. Sometimes, once I leave she don't want anything more to do with me. Windy days are almost always like that...but it was not windy today and I decided to take a chance and come back in and got my camera. I went back out there and she was fine with it.
These were taken with my normal lens--the 18-55 mm one so you know to get this pictures I was right in her face with the camera! I am always amazed that it doesn't scare her. I was checking back in my blog, and according to what I wrote when I still remembered, she has been coming here since the spring of 2006.

Even with all the cats, she still comes up on my back porch....sometimes when I am out in the yard doing something I will turn around and there she is waiting for me. She definitely knows the cats would hurt her. I wish I could be lucky enough sometime to capture the other end of the spectrum--she knows our old dog Shelby will not hurt her and will sometimes walk up and smell her feet if she is laying down.
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Cougar continues to stay closer to home than he did. He left one time and was gone a long time but for the most part he is in and out. He came in soaking wet this morn....does not like to be dried off at all. He now has rainwater soft hair! And that is no exaggeration. He doesn't have what we think of as long hair, yet it is longer than the others and more plush.

12 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That is amazing, Rose, that the squirrel is almost tame. You captured some great pictures.

Glad Cougar is behaving himself now!!! ha

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Amazing how close you got to this squirrel, Rose! It's wonderful that she trusts you...much of the time, anyway. ;-)

T said...

It's amazing that you got so close - I thought you used a zoom at first!

Great shots!

fishing guy said...

Rose: Beautiful captures of the cute grey squirrel.

Judy said...

Wow, that is amazing to get those shots.

TSannie said...

Wonderful close-ups!

don said...

A fine, very close series of this great looking squirrel.
The cats around here will occasionally try to surprise the squirrels who tend to taunt them.

Deborah Godin said...

You captured some wonderful 'personality' shots of her. And it's a neat story of how everyone gets more or less along in your yard!

George said...

You got some great pictures of Mama Squirrel. I'm surprised she let you get that close to you. She must know you're good for a snack.

Mary said...

I am so amazed that you can feed that squirrel! I would love to get that close to mine, but they don't seem to associate me with the person who feeds them :-)

Abe Lincoln said...

Mamma Squirrel looks very dignified. As if she is putting up with you to get a treat. I have seen them like that a few times. I have way too many and gave up trying to keep them separated by names. You sure did get some nice shots though.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Do you recall my pictures of Hazle... the squirrel who visited my home.. it seems that last winter was to much for her.. she as not be by for many months now.
I did enjoy getting up close with her and like you gaining her trust.
Tom

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